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:
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:
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:
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