Hi all. The Communications group are discussing merch and resources to create and print for Co-op Fortnight (19th June-2nd). Obviously a bit pressed for time but the idea is to ensure we have some kind of visual presence as workers.coop and resources members can share. As it will be our first Co-op Fortnight separate to Co-ops UK, it’s a good opportunity to raise our profile, mobilise and celebrate worker co-ops specifically.
The Comms group ask for your feedback over the next week on what kind of merch/resources you are all keen on. The idea is to throw the net wide to generate ideas and feedback from everyone, whilst bearing in mind that the budget for this is limited as well as time. Anything there’s no time/budget for can be saved for future e.g. Worker Coop Weekend event.
Audience wise the primary group we discussed needing materials was worker co-op members and their communities (this ties nicely in with ‘rewards’ to our existing & joining members and warm leads early on and shows we’re a thing).
Ideas so far:
Stickers / A pack of 8 stickers
Leaflets about worker co-ops (informative)
A fold out poster
Logo Window sticker/decal (for shop fronts)
T-shirts (other than the ones already printed)
Other items such as a Snood, wooden pin badge, bookmarks, postcards
Enamel pin badge would be great - or wood as you suggest. T-shirts too.
I always thought some kind of biggish, nice looking poster that explains what a worker co-op is in non weird/jargony language would be really useful particularly for any co-ops that have premises that the public visit (e.g. shops, cafes)
I don’t know if its a bit short notice but if we could get some tshirts before 16th June that’d be amazing
Thanks @samnord and everyone. I can mobilise Calverts designers next week to put designs together, but content is everything - so if anyone has ideas for slogans/messages for stickers, imagery for a poster(s), etc please pile in. Otherwise I will be drafting and the content will be inferred from the type of messages, narratives and statement of objects/purposes we’ve been promoting over the last year, with our members in mind but also to appeal/provoke more widely.
There is no actual agreed or available budget for this, so we’ll need to be clever, but Calverts will do it on a very subsidised basis.
I commissioned this illustration for Solidfund from Matthew Brazier, which has never been used really in print - what do people think about it as the graphic for a B2 (70cm x 50cm) poster, with or without the ‘dynamic lines’? Solidfund doesn’t own it! The words on the gear wheel in the middle are ‘The emancipation of workers is the task of the workers themselves’ We could use sections from it for other stuff like the leaflet, stickers, etc
Also there may be time to redesign/write new intro copy and print a quick edition of the Worker Co-op Code under workers.coop branding in time for the fortnight, as well as a bunch of different workers.coop A7 stickers, a poster, etc. Ideas for slogans/memes?