Still Projects is a Berlin and London-based writing studio founded in 2019. We believe that words count.
We work with imaginative institutions, NGOs and companies on their internal, external and social media publishing. This encompasses everything related to text: essays and captions, articles and biographies, podcasts or video scripts.
Our skills were honed during our years at Dazed & Confused, Harper’s Bazaar, The Guardian, Gestalten and 032c. With this knowledge, we handle conceptual direction, digital consultancy and print production alongside writing, commissioning and editing.
Charlie Robin Jones and Karen Orton launched Still Projects in 2019.
Charlie Robin Jones is a writer, editor and digital director. He has worked as digital editor at Dazed & Confused, head of digital at 032c, and commissioning editor at the Guardian. He is interested in how radical ideas work their way into wider culture, and the impact of macropolitics on the way the world feels / sounds / dresses. A selection of his writings can be found here.
Karen Orton is an editor, writer and editorial consultant. She was political editor and staff writer at Dazed, international editor at Harper’s Bazaar, editor in chief at Oak, and she currently heads up text at Gestalten. She has written for The New York Times and The Globe and Mail, among others. Her interest lies in exploring the juncture between culture, sustainability and luxury, and in developing new languages that will help us navigate the uncertain times ahead. You can read some of her work here.
Dazed 100 With the team at Dazed, Charlie conceptualised, edited and launched the Dazed 100, with a showing that including Kendall Jenner, Olivier Rousteing, FKA Twigs and Hari Nef. This landmark series of Dazed-curated, reader-voted power lists are now in their third iteration, with sponsorship from Calvin Klein.
Gulf Futurism While at Dazed, Karen wrote a pivotal article on Gulf Futurism, an aesthetic theory about the Gulf region’s headlong sprint into the future that was coined by artist Sophia Al Maria. The piece was widely referenced and brought Gulf Futurism into the wider discussion. Selected for inclusion in the book Ethnofuturisms (Merve 2018) by Austrian philosopher and theorist Armen Avanessian, Karen also spoke about the concept at the Volksbühne Berlin.
BMW Speed Accelerate! To add narrative to a BMW sportscar hybrid launch, we spoke to people based in Germany whose work deals with the idea of speed itself, from Venice Biennial participant Simon Denny to BMW creative director Adian Van Huuydonk. This project was produced in collaboration with, and printed in, Sleek Magazine.
XL Recordings We have created press releases and artist biographies for Arca, Powell and Wolfgang Tillmans. Each involved series of in-depth interviews with the artists and close, careful collaboration on the final texts, which each accompanied a major musical release. You can read the Arca press release here, and the Powell Tillmans press release here.
The Nordic Council of Ministers Still Projects launched a digital programme based on the idea of twin cities. Using a custom-built website, we take creative and interesting people based in cities with links to Scandinavia, and ask them to create something on the theme of “nordicness.” The project is ongoing.
Our studio space is located at 25 Kluckstraße, Berlin-Schöneberg 10785.
We are always open to meeting new clients or collaborators. To open a conversation, please send an email to email@example.com.