Danyel Smith, co-founder of HRDCVR, had extensive experience leading culture and music publications. She is a former editor of Billboard, former chief content officer of VIBE Media Group and a former editor-in-chief of Vibe / vibe.com. Smith also was editor-at-large at Time Inc. She has written for NPR, ESPN The Magazine, CNN, MySpace, Elle, Time, Essence, the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Condé Nast Media Group, and the New York Times. Smith often comments on culture for NPR, CNN, VH1, and ABC. She’s author of the novels “More Like Wrestling,” and “Bliss.” She is working on a history of black women in pop music. Smith — @danamo — can be found frequently on Twitter.
Danyel Smith immersed herself in new ways of thinking about journalism and innovation during her fellowship. She explored design thinking at Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the d.school), and used it in her work of refining approaches to journalism produced by diverse teams. Her interactions with graduate students in product design, during a course on the history of design schools, reminded her that design can and should challenge the status quo.
Smith also embraced the startup philosophy of failing boldly and quickly, and then moving to the next iteration of a project. As she is passionate about finding new ways to talk about diversity and the multiculture, and new ways to lead within it, Danyel found inspiration in classes at the Graduate School of Business. The school’s motto — change lives, change organizations, change the world — has, as she likes to say, seeped into her bones. Smith combined these new Stanford lessons with her experience leading music and culture publications as she developed and execute the HRDCVR concept. HRDCVR, set to publish December 2014, is a crowdsourced, deeply designed and edited hardcover culture magazine. Its mission is to push print to its extreme — and, by over-serving the journalistically underserved, to change the soul of journalism.
HRDCVR is a hardcover culture magazine from Danyel Smith & Elliott Wilson.
It’s created by diverse teams for a diverse world. They are currently crowdfunded at 137%. On June 3 2014 HRDCVR announced a stretch goal of 200%.
We have 10 days left in our campaign. We will publish once: December 2014.