In art & design on August 25, 2011 at 3:45 pm
…i just got back from lunch with a friend of mine who in the past, was making beautiful decoupage bracelets and pulling in the cheddar doing it. (cheddar n. slang for money) unfortunately, she hit a roadblock and has lost her creative spark. the thing is, people do buy her goods so it would appear to be a no-brainer that she would keep going. however, she views her work as being “less professional” as the work of others. i think i need to remind her that the whole reason people come to etsy is because they want handcrafted goods that aren’t mass produced for big box retailers!
the above image is just a snapshot of what she has sold and she hasn’t even begun to explore the possibilities of where this could go. talk about giving up before you even get started! so yes, this is my incredibly annoying way of getting her to revitalize her business. this is where an almost lifelong friendship comes into play and i challenge her with this: my original prints, your handmade goods. we’ve talked about this before and it has come to naught but then again, i never pushed it because i’ve been wrapped up in me. after having been inspired by her and her online tenacity, i cannot ignore her stalled out by the side of the road!
people have asked: why not do this yourself? i am, with silk screened home goods! but that doesn’t mean she can’t take what i do and re-purpose it for her line. after all, my thing is housewares and why wouldn’t i want to share my skills especially since she’s already got people who love what she does? in the end, it’s good for me as much as it’s good for her because people will see my prints and maybe want more. get it?
bottom line is you have to give and sometimes, you give without expecting to get. it’s a dilemma i see time and time again because in our society you should never, EVER give away anything for free. (you know i’m serious because i used CAPS!) sometimes though, what you get can’t be quantified in cold, hard cash and as we can see in our present economic state, money is not everything. if you don’t know what i mean by that, then you probably haven’t lost anything big as of yet. when you lose big, you can’t help but weigh everything else that you do have against it in order to realize how blessed you truly are. (not that i’m religious or anything, but i can still be grateful!)
so, i’m throwing down the gauntlet. question is, will bexsong @etsy pick it up?
In Uncategorized on August 23, 2011 at 4:16 pm
…courtesy of kickstarter!
as a designer coming out of pocket, i’m all too aware of how costly it can be to get a small creative business up and running. yes, there is a certain amount of pride in funding your materials, putting all of your love and energy into production and the self satisfaction in seeing your finished product in front of you. suddenly your mind starts churning and new ideas and realizations broader than the original scope of the project begin to form and with them comes the promise of spending more money.
i’ve been aware of kickstarter for some time now and what an answer it’s been to entrepreneurial dreams. the idea is simple: share your project and goals with the public at large and couple that with incentives for donors to pledge funding for your endeavor by a certain end date. your project should be music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields but believe me, the range within these categories runs far and wide!
my first thought was that you’d have to be a hi-tech product designer to receive any funding but i was pleasantly surprised to see some of the most humble projects succeed above and beyond their target goals:
you determine the amount that you need to realize your dream, create a persuasive online pitch and promote your vision via twitter, facebook and any other social networking venue that may apply. the only caveat is that you have to receive full funding by the pitch deadline. roughly half of the projects pitched have received full funding and sometimes much more so it helps to be realistic about what it will actually take to reach your goal.
i’ve got champagne dreams with regards to my product line and my slice of the government cheese can only go so far. my product line as it is launches officially on august 29th and i’m hoping to broaden the scope of the line with a range of product pricing. the result, is that the next kickstarter idea you see, just may be from me!
In cinema & television on January 28, 2011 at 11:21 am
…you can sometimes break the box office. i tweeted this article i read on npr this morning regarding disney’s halting production on animated fairy tales due to lackluster box office return and decided it was worth further exploration. according to the article, disney execs have pointed out that this particular genre may have run it’s course for the time being and could be revitalized when someone has a fresh take. well according to access hollywood, universal already has that “fresh take” in the form of a live action version of snow white with the queen of tween, kristen stewart being wooed for the title role. having read and viewed the twilight series (more angst then all of the john hughes films put together with a liberal dash of shoe gazing goth), anything written by the brothers grimm would have a welcome place in a tween franchise proving that fairy tale films are not dead but undergoing a transition that encompasses a wider audience. hello box office! anyone who has worked in consumer products knows that what starts with big sister, usually trickles down to little sister thereby igniting the trend all over again. what’s so disappointing is that disney already planted the seeds years ago with the above images from one of it’s viral advertising campaigns shot by annie liebovitz. it’s just a shame that disney would wait for another studio to own this genre and then pick up sloppy seconds. i understand that shareholders expect returns but major growth is not going to happen without some projected risks…
In art & design, books on January 12, 2011 at 11:55 pm
…as evidenced in this beautifully compiled book by london based info-graphic guru, david mccandless. if anything says stop and smell the roses, this book does as it points out the beauty in information packed charts, graphs and workflows. simple but brilliant in observation, the mundane takes on a whole new translation when packaged in this thoughtful, well crafted book.
in print throughout europe and asia, these covers are from iceland and germany. i love the way the finnish people see design! it’s tribal but in such a unique look at chroma… i wish the uk version had a cover as lovely as these… maybe i’ll buy two!