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Planning for issue 01 and for the futureSDk Updates ->

Sat 31 Jan, 2009.

Settled on issues of a House writing style, which will become the basis of an SDk style guide for contributions of written work.

Reviewed artist contributors for the first five issues of SDk. We secured an artist and a comic artist for issue 01; we're also in the process of gathering and editing images and articles from all issue 01 contributors.

Revised and refined contributor information pack (CIP) documents; they contain all information for potential contributors.

Developed a new flatplan document for laying out and preparing for the design process of SomethingDark webmagazine. Determined the placement of various categories of articles in the webmagazine.

Importantly, we discussed strategies for making SDk financially viable in the long term.

Developing a detailed flatplan and working on page aestheticsSDk Updates ->

Thurs 22 Jan, 2009.

We began developing a strategic plan for the first five issues of SDk, leading on to the first detailed flatplan for the first issue of the magazine.

We made final decisions re choosing and placing photographic images from the two contributing photographers for issue 01. And, after much experimentation with different formats, we finalised further details of page design and layout, with an eye to integrating the overall aesthetics of SomethingDark.

Website structure under developmentSDk Updates ->

Mon 12 Jan, 2009.

For the last few weeks we've been working on the structure and flow of the website, working through the processes of data integration and cross-referencing. When it's finished, you will notice a degree of usability and efficiency that is rare among such sites.

SDk will be an international magazineSDk Updates ->

Mon 15 Dec, 2008.

Daryl was in Australia during this period, for 6.5 weeks; while he was there, he was fortunate enough to gain the support of a number of recognised artists, who expressed interest in contributing to SDk. This represented a step towards the goal of making SDk an international magazine. Artists, photographers and writers from the UK, US, France and Australia should be featured over the course of SDk's first four issues. We expect international contributions to gather momentum from that point.

In the meantime, Chris has been working on the design aesthetics of the magazine, ensuring it will not only look visually appealing and function efficiently, but be highly accessible and offer features that will take it beyond just another webmagazine. For a little enjoyment, Chris also scouted for contributors, discovering some emerging talent we feel will help validate SDk's raison d'Ítre.

SDk's foundations being laidSDk Updates ->

Mon 10 Nov, 2008.

Definite decisions made regarding content and technical mechanisms for implementing website function. A number of other ideas for content were refined, and the structure and organisation of certain categories of content were clarified. The foundations for issue #01 of SDk are being firmly established.