Add-a-Thon Planning Kit
An Add-a-Thon is an informal gathering to collectively add material to PGDA. There can be a theme to the event, such as Latinx design, LGBTQ+ design, Southeast Asian design, etc.
- Anyone can host an online Add-a-Thon event via Zoom, Teams, Google Meet or ask PGDA for a Google Meet link. They can also take place in person!
- Schedule: 90 minutes (people can drop in). Keep in mind time zones.
- PGDA team can be on hand and publish material added to the Archive live during the event.
Before the event
- You might want to ask participant to create an account in advance.
- Ask participants to bring their research and any information they have about items to be added.
During the event
- In the chat function, add a link to “Adding to the Archive” to show attendees how to set up an account, add to the archive, and review Community Guidelines.
- Review the type of material the Add-a-Thon is seeking, parameters for adding material, and reminder to tag tag tag
- Play music during the event to set the groove!
- Use your own lists and reach out to others for theirs
- PGDA supplies our logo, but you can generate your own assets
- Host pushes out media; PGDA reposts
Take screen captures to document the event and share with PGDA!
- Magic Eraser (available in Apps)
Getting information about your item (aka “Research”)
- Google (look for sites ending in .edu or .org)
- Google Lens (image match search)
- ebay, Etsy, or other estate sale sites or auction sites
Questions to consider for the “About” section
- Where was it made?
- Where did you find it?
- When was it made?
- Why was it made? (it’s purpose or function)
- Who was it made for? (the audience)
- How was it made?
- Who valued it, and how was it valued?
- How do you believe this item adds to graphic design history?
- “Twenty Years, Twenty Questions to Ask an Object” (YouTube video)
- Twenty Questions to Ask an Object From H-Net network on Material Culture and Vernacular Landscapes and Artifact Preservation.
If you have questions feel free to reach out to hello[at]peoplesgdarchive.org
Remember, our motto is “preservation not perfection.” Have fun!!