Today, Colossal is officially 10 years old. 👏 🎉 👏 🎉 👏 What began as the personal blog of our founder and editor-in-chief Christopher Jobson has since grown into an international platform for publishing the work of artists, designers, and other wildly creative people from all walks of life.
Reaching more than 152 million visitors and serving nearly a half-billion pageviews, we’ve shared the creative output of more than 6,000 artists, both emerging and established. Colossal has curated exhibitions, film programs, partnered with incredible artists and institutions, and interviewed some of the most interesting artists working today.
As many of you can probably relate, almost all plans we made to celebrate our 10th year publishing have been systematically rescheduled, canceled, or otherwise delayed due to Covid-19. We had so many exciting things to share with you, and for now, it’s all on the back burner. This time has also made it difficult for us to make plans—and even struggle to exist—as our revenue model has shifted toward a platform that is supported more through our members than advertising. We can say vaguely that the Colossal Shop will return imminently, we’re soon to launch an annual grant for artists, and a handful of exhibitions are in the cards whether virtual or in real life.
Colossal doesn’t exist in a vacuum. In addition to readers, there are dozens of other publications that have contributed directly to our existence, and we’ve tried our best to reciprocate the love. We’d like to take a moment specifically to send an internet high-five to the people and publications that have helped guide us along the way including Spoon & Tamago, This Isn’t Happiness, Kottke, My Modern Met, Hyperallergic, designboom, swissmiss, Hi-Fructose, Juxtapoz, Booooooom, StreetArtNews, The Jealous Curator, Brain Pickings, Visual Fodder, It’s Nice That, Creative Boom, and The Kid Should See This. These publications help form the backbone of our visual and culture diet and you should read every single one of them.
And lastly, thank you to our incredible contributors: Laura Staugaitis, Kate Sierzputoski, Grace Ebert, Johnny Waldman, Andrew LaSane, Sasha Bogojev, Anna Marks, and Vanessa Ruiz (and welcome, Claire Voon!). Their words have helped bring the work of thousands to life here on this site, and Colossal simply wouldn’t exist without them.
With your help, our path forward is much clearer than it was just a few months ago. For those of you who have become Colossal Members, THANK YOU. Your support means everything to us and has put us in a position to not just exist but potentially to grow in the coming months.
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