Reasons to be Cheerful is a brilliant project from artist and musician David Byrne:
We tell stories that reveal that there are, in fact, a surprising number of reasons to feel cheerful. Many of these reasons come in the form of smart, proven, replicable solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. We’re here to tell you about some of them. Through sharp reporting, our stories balance a sense of healthy optimism with journalistic rigor, and find cause for hope. We are part magazine, part therapy session, part blueprint for a better world.
“If you’re starting out as a freelancer, landing those first few commissions can be a real balancing act. Not only will you be locating the right contacts and working out how to appeal to them, but once you’ve landed a job, there’s a whole world of process and contract know-how to master. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing guides to being commissioned – including opinions from every corner of the process. To get things started, Chris Clarke, The Guardian’s global deputy creative director, is giving us the art director’s view on finding the right commissioners, nailing a brief and laying the foundations for great working relationships.”
It’s also worth checking out Chris Clarke’s instagram feed as he often post great examples of editorial illustration he’s commissioned: https://www.instagram.com/chrisclarkecc/
Graphic Design journal, Eye Magazine, have published a feature on how The Guardian collaborate closely with illustrators to create the stunning large format images for to accompany their Long Read essays. Read the full article here: eyemagazine.com/feature/article/the-long-look