Lost in Translation

At Roundhouse One Gallery: Lost in Translation: How prototyping is reshaping architecture, an exhibit (12 June – 9 August) and panel (27 June). > Read More

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TraceSF invites contributions from writers, photographers, artists, and other observers of Bay Area design, culture, and urbanism. The format and content of contributions are open, but the length should be appropriate for a blog journal (roughly 400 to 1,200 words for text). If longer is better, please write a short introduction to your piece. Fiction is acceptable if labeled as such.


TraceSF doesn’t have a house style, as we value the many voices that comprise our community. Our readership includes professionals in the design fields and others with a critical interest in the city and region. Please keep this in mind when authoring your post.


Polemics and criticism are encouraged, but please avoid libel and slander. Articles and comments will be posted at the sole discretion of the editors.


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Please send a one to two paragraph contribution proposal to info@tracesf.com. We are a cooperative venture, so our response time may vary, but we will do our best. If timeliness is crucial, please indicate this in the subject line. Upon approval, we will send you detailed formatting and submission guidelines.


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TraceSF is an online journal that critically explores San Francisco Bay Area design, culture, and urbanism. Featuring contributions in different media from a diverse group of designers, artists, photographers, and thinkers, TraceSF pursues topics that often fly beneath the radar. It does so as an independent forum, organized for its contributors out of a shared desire for greater urbanity in San Francisco and the region.


Yosh Asato, Yukiko Bowman, Brad Leibin, and John Parman are the founding editors of TraceSF. Kenneth Caldwell, Mallory Cusenbery, and Jeremy Mende have helped us. Web developer Jonathan Butterick tailored WordPress’s Tanzaku template for our needs.





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