Artdesigncafe maintains a growing archive of writings (mainly on contemporary art and design, art and design publicity, art and design business, and English for Art and Design). Artdesigncafe also acts as a project platform (currently for Design Meriden and Tremaine / Miller Co. art & design) and is a copywriting and communications supplier.
Artdesigncafe was started in 2009 by R. J. Preece [Tulane University, New Orleans then Tyler School of Art / Temple University, Philadelphia: BA (Distinction), Art history with economics, study abroad Tyler in Rome; Temple University, MEd; Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, England: MA (Distinction), Design history / discourse with critical media / communications analysis]. He is an international art and design journalist, communications / copywriting consultant, media advisor, and project organizer. To date, he has published over 300 texts in magazines and books, and many interviews and writings are cited in museum and biennial catalogues and books globally. Preece has also been a Contributing Editor, NW Europe, of Sculpture magazine since 1999.
His interdisciplinary work also includes extensive experience copywriting and consulting on over 700 communications texts related to product design, technology, and innovation for multi-national companies. Regarding media relations, Preece has consulted clients appearing on international news outlets such as Al-Jazeera and the BBC as well as engaging extensively with international newspapers and multiple, global wire services. Other clients have participated in noted international art, design and technology exhibitions and events.
Originally from the USA, Preece taught at the Parsons School of Design affiliate in Kanazawa, Japan and Hong Kong Poly’s School of Design in the mid-1990s, and then later settled in the Netherlands and NW Europe twenty years ago. Over the years, he has given numerous guest lectures in Western Europe and East Asia concerning language, marketing and media / communications, and art and design.
Preece’s current passion has taken him from communicating the contemporary to the historical, with his Design Meriden and Tremaine / Miller Co. art & design projects. He has a personal connection to both. "It’s about applying the skills that I have developed over the years to a largely overlooked set of historical designers and organizers that worked in the area where I grew up in America," explains Preece. "Their work deserves considerably more attention. In the process, I learn more things structurally in terms of communications, and more deeply, which I then bring to my clients."