Created by Michael Dawidowicz, the inspiration to start the project came in 2002, when he was working in Tokyo, Japan.
The Melbourne based designer had been looking for an idea for a submission based project that was a little different to what was around at the time.
“I wanted to start some sort of design website and a submission site was something no one else was doing at the time. It just grew and grew and now is a creative platform for designers around the world,” he says in an interview in 2006.
Urban Collective invited designers to submit work on a 665 by 290 pixel sized canvas according to a theme Michael chooses each month. The choice is usually influenced by local or global events, and also gives designers something solid work to, says Michael.
“Themes can be decided at the last minute or laid out months in advance, it all depends. Sometimes I will use world events as themes, that is, War, the World Cup, but I try to make it a challenge every month and see what results I get,” he says.
This design archive is a tribute to all the designers who submitted designs over the years and made Urban Collective what it was in its day.