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watershed, bristol
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deadline 15 sept 2023

an imperfect index

an imperfect index is a publication exploring what a diverse and inclusive approach to the discipline of graphic design can look like. We would like to hear from people who wish to contribute to this conversation with examples of projects and practices in graphic design. The index is a resource that will contain these intersectional ideas, that can be cross-referenced and provide multiple points for sharing.

Themes could include; ableism, age, body size,care, citizenship, class, disability ,education, faith, feminism, gender identity, housing, language, LGBTQIA2S+, mental health, neuro-diversity, queerness, race, social justice, wealth, etc...

Work selected will be featured alongside articles by Zed Gregory (They Them Studio), Ar jun Harrison-Mann (Studio Hyte), Kaleena Sales (Extra Bold), Nina Paim (Futuress), and Kelly Walters (Black Experience in Design).

Supported by G.F.Smith and Taylor Brothers.

You can submit past (within the last 5 years) or current work that is centred around this topic; essays, images, QR codes linking to film, podcasts, archives, exhibitions, collections, poetry, etc. The work must be ready for publishing at submission. If you have any questions / queries please get in touch with us at
Anyone. We particularly encourage submissions from groups that are underrepresented in the graphic design discipline.
• Text: word document (.doc / .docx)
• Images: jpeg / 300dpi / cmyk / landscape or portrait (optional)
• Links to social media / website

Please send a packaged file via WeTransfer link to

By 15th September 2023

An audit of submissions will be conducted to ensure we are including a diverse range of submissions. Successful submissions will receive a copy of the publication and be contacted in autumn 2023 with a request to complete a permissions form. Any profit made from the sales of the publication will go towards funding an imperfect index no.2, in 2024.

organised by laura parke and abbie vickress 2023