Design for Obama: The TASCHEN Book

Yesterday I received the following email:

Dear Design for Obama Contributor,
In 2008, hundreds of you submitted your poster art to Design for Obama, enabling thousands more to access and use your art in support of Barack Obama. And when we crossed the finish line it was that much more satisfying knowing that we had contributed. This year, we will commemorate the one-year anniversary of our victory by publishing the best posters from our collection in a book edited by DFO creator Aaron Perry-Zucker and filmmaker Spike Lee with TASCHEN Books, including introductory essays from Spike Lee and Steven Heller, a former art director at the New York Times.
We would like to invite you to include your submission to Design for Obama in this exciting book.

After jumping up and down for an hour, it only took me four more hours to complete all the required tasks. Today I got the following reply:

Greetings Shahar,
Thank you very much for submitting your Permissions form, survey questions, and artwork for the Design For Obama book. We have received everything we need at this point, and will contact you if any additional materials or information are needed.
We’re thrilled that you’ve agreed to contribute!

Yes, I suppose I could have played it cool, delaying my blogging about it until I got word that my artwork made the final cut, but I just had to share my excitement. For dramatization purposes I have created the following image, a close approximation of how my mind sees my own page in the finished book:
Dramatization of Future Obama Book by TASCHEN

Note: If you’re one of the other artists that got this email, please use the hashtag #TaschenObamaBook when you Twitter the subject.

Update: Thanks to Brian Fraser who graciously allowed me to quote his correspondence with Vikki Warner, Editorial Assistant for Design For Obama. For everyone who postponed their jumping with joy, please read the following and put your mind at ease:

On Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 1:51 PM, Design for Obama wrote:
Hi Brian,
If you’ve been contacted, you’re already in. The final selection process has already been completed by the editors.

Update #2: This post has a follow-up here

12 thoughts on “Design for Obama: The TASCHEN Book”

  1. This is the response I recieved after sending in my form:

    “Thanks for responding. I have received your permissions form and your biographical info. Thanks for the quick response! Just so you know, your work has already been chosen for inclusion; there will be no further weeding-out process–so you’re in!

    Thank you very kindly for contributing and let me know if you have any more questions.”

    At least they saved me the suspense of knowing if I got picked or not.
    My poster:

  2. Congratulations! I received that same email and sent my work and forms off today. I’m very excited as well and can’t wait to see the finished book. Cheers!

  3. I too received an invite to contribute to the book. Sent my forms off and I am now waiting patiently for the final product. Congrats to Everyone that Contributed! When’s the full size poster viewing…DC Anyone? 😉

  4. Hmm, I was chosen as well, I think. I sent in the bio, psd, all that jazz, but I haven’t recieved confirmation of any sort. I’m not sure if I should be worried or excited. :

  5. Mario

    I have been in contact with one of the reps for the DFO Book. She assured me that if you have been asked to submit, you’ve made it! Editors completed the final selection process before contacting the designers. Congrats!

  6. Just read all of your posts. I was also selected and I am so proud and honored to be included in this book. What a great gift to have your art represent this amazing time in history! Congrats to you all, can’t wait to see the book and your art.

  7. I got the same email from Viki today! Wonder when the book releases. Her subject line said in all caps LAST CALL…! Apparently she had contacted me several times since the 20th of april, and all this time her message kept going to my junk folder! Call it luck call it whatever you may, but i got her last shout right before the door closed! wow! that was lucky. but i sent my files in and hopefully I am in!

  8. I asked Vikki about the publication date and she told me that they are timing it for November / Election Day of 2009 to commemorate the one year anniversary of President Obama’s election. Which, is pretty cool.

    Looking forward to seeing the book and everyone’s work together. Congratulations all!

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