27 July 2011


Several years have passed since work began on Trace, an online journal that emerged from dissatisfaction with a previous one with less-than-supportive institutional ties. After various fits and starts, two younger collaborators joined. Their presence has been a huge help, and Trace is finally nearing its soft-launch. The focus, as with its predecessor, is the San Francisco region. While design is the main lens, there's a desire to address cultural and political issues, too. The previous regime was wary of controversy, so now we are independent. Our next step is to attract contributors and find an audience - a parallel effort, of course, as the first writers have to imagine a readership as well as help create it.