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One would think, that as a result of this pandemic, as a result of the unexpected upheavals of this past year, that everyone would be better assimilated to c h a n g e : : because, if we have learned anything in the last 12 months it's simply that sometimes change is completely non-negotiable and the best way to adjust to it is to, adapt - to accept - to learn how a change affects you and your loved ones on a daily basis.
Change doesn't necessarily affect value. Then again, many of the most important values in our lives through 2020, and now in 2021, have caused us to become more introspective, to more closely examine what is truly important to ourselves as individuals, to our families and to our businesses.
Changes have come also to us here at DR•I. And now you are seeing how such changes are taking shape.
As a paid subscription you will be required to enter your ID and password - this is now the norm from many/most online publications from The Washington Post to the Montreal Gazette. However, in the creation and implementation of a restricted access venue this model also will provide greater security from undesired penetration and/or mal-conduct.
It has happened here at DR•I. Some you have been informed of it - other instances have been kept private.
Another new change to our publication can be found under DR•I Showrooms. Currently you will find sub-domains, that we approve and host, for creative initiatives that we, at DR•I, both approve wholeheartedly but also endorse the owners/operators of these venue.
Lydia Pawelak, a well-known and well-established interior design consultant here in Montréal, has been a professional colleague and collaborator for 20+ years. Before her life in interior design she was already a highly accomplished photographer. With a Master's degree in photography from her native Belgium, she, for some many years, acted as Principal Photographer for the National Ballet School in Toronto.
Over the last few years she has invested her time, energy and passion in travels to far distant lands - Cambodia, Vietnam, India, Cuba - which have so far resulted in three outstanding books. Please take a look at them at Lydia's travel books.
Additionally, Tracey Padmore, a Montréal découpage artist, will have a presence under Special Offers.
Her work is exciting, unique and to top it all off, is eminently customizable should a client wish for a very special piece, such as a commemorative vase, or a Valentine's Day special plat, mug, etcetera.
We will also be adding other artists to this venue in the coming issues. Suzan Carsley, Nina Keogh, Del Foxton - all outstanding and very different creators will have limited showcases under DR•I Showrooms.
For the moment any purchase enquiries should be made directly through the contact info shown on their pages. We may, in the future, provide online ordering directly through DR•I.
There is yet another initiative in the works. If you've followed DR•I over these past years you will have seen certain issues that feature the works of Suzan Carsley or Del Foxton, and others. We have developed a very interesting and dynamic promotional tool available to enterprises or individuals. Following a feature in one of our issues, we develop a working plan with that company or person to create a Promo Leader for them. What that involves is spending time with someone, say as Del Foxton, to help to write and compose a dedicated promotional document, consisting of text, graphics, photographs, etc.
The finished effort (from 1 - 3 pages in length) undergoes a final review and approval by the client.
Thereafter a PDF file is created wherein the special promo content is appended to the front of the DR•I issue in which they were featured. Following that the client can then either do a direct mailing to a contact distribution list of their own, or if they prefer, they provide DR•I with their contact database and
we then process the mass mailing.
Of course, this will be a fee-based service, as yet to be determined. But, now that DR•I is quite well established as a responsible and credible design journal, our brand will add value to the client's brand.