Online Hoax = Computer Fraud

Alright. Now maybe we're getting somewhere. The last time I wrote about an alleged cyber crime I debated the efficacy of the Japanese police regarding a woman who had logged into a friend's internet game account (with the login info he himself had given to her) and killed off his beloved avatar. A "crime" for which she was arrested and jailed. (See Murder On The Avatar Express)   Recently, a federal jury in Los Angeles handed down what legal experts say is the country’s … [Read more...]

A Different Look at Creativity Part II: the social media mix

Before we go any further… I want to point out that what I am describing here is a process, a way of looking at how we create whether it involves groups of people or individuals and what we need in the way of tools and environments to support us along the way. The  concepts and processes are not linear or pretty and admittedly leave lots of room for further exploration and development. Let’s get going.. Now that we have the creative spectrum somewhat sketched out let’s see how it can … [Read more...]

A different look at creativity

In previous articles I discussed some of the broader issues and benefits related to Social Media/Networking and how this new tool could benefit artists. The first article “What’s up with Social media” I introduced the concept of “ambient intimacy” and how the growth of social networking via the Internet has increased our ability to build relationships with our buyers. In “How to use Social Media”I talked about how social media gives us the ability to engage our buyers, build relationships with … [Read more...]

How to use your winter to help your sales

Marketing Monday begins today, born from conversations with a couple of artists over the weekend. They  asked me if I had an thoughts about how they could use the winter down time to help build their businesses and their sales. The consesus was a winter long series focused on different aspects of marketing would be helpful. Here is a tentative list of subjects we came up with: Beginning the branding process- a brief outline to help give direction to the process along with some … [Read more...]

Spreading the word…with a new connection.

No too long ago I received an e-mail from digital apple juice, an art focused blog network, asking me if I was interested in writing for them. Of course I said yes so that means that the content created here will be spread quicker and over a wider network than we currently have. They will be creating a dedicated column for our feed which will either be titled ” The Working Artist” or ” Art Works”…we are still brain storming. What is amazing and yet not so much … [Read more...]

Yes WE can…Co-Create a Vision!

“Millions of men have lived to fight, build palaces and boundaries, shape destinies and societies; but the compelling force of all times has been the force of originality and creation profoundly affecting the roots of human spirit.” -Ansel Adams I got the quote above in an e-mail today and added it to the feelings that have been circulating in my thoughts since last night. For many years I have firmly believed that we all are creative, that we all posses the spark that can turn dull into … [Read more...]

Murder on the Avatar Express

I bought my first computer in April of 93 after my typewriter broke. A trip to the local electronics store and two thousand dollars later, I walked out with a Compaq 386 windows 3.1 jam packed with 2 megs of ram. I could have gotten 4 megs but as the salesman noted, "Nobody will ever need that much memory." Fast forward fifteen years. Today, we can do virtually anything online. Our computer is an office. A school. A university. A shopping mall. A tennis court. A baseball stadium. It … [Read more...]

PhotoVoice

It is well established that if you give someone a fish, they'll have dinner for one night. Teach someone to fish and they'll have dinner for the rest of their life. In 1998, Edinburgh University Social Anthropology students Tiffany Fairey and Anna Blackman established two projects which sought to integrate participatory photography into their MA dissertations. These projects, the Rose Class project in Nepal and the Street Vision project in Vietnam, encouraged and inspired refugees from these … [Read more...]

Photofunia.com

It never fails. Just as I get rolling on something I need to finish, someone emails me something which completely catches my attention and takes me away from whatever it was that I was doing. (what was I doing?)   Distraction du jour: Photofunia.com. There are several online tools which allow you to have fun with images, Dumpr and Gooifier are two free sites that I've used in the past, but Photofunia, also free, offers a more sophisticated selection and I like their interface better. … [Read more...]

Photojojo can set your creativity free

No kitsch here. Photojojo.com is an original, exciting breath of fresh air. The slightly irreverent tenor and decidedly different ideas and photo projects make this site required reading for photographers and other artists in general. This self-described "newsletter" of photography has projects with detailed how-to projects (at least enough detail to get you started), as well as some quirky cool photo accessories and services to purchase. The sell isn’t hard, and all the items … [Read more...]

Review: Young At Heart

While preparing dinner at my kitchen counter the other day, I saw a commercial for an Eagles concert at the local Hard Rock indian casino. I immediately conjured a visual of what they looked like back in the seventies, when I was in high school and listened to their music. (which I still do, and which my kids grew up listening to on my car radio set to classic rock and NPR.) I glanced up from my chopping block fully expecting to see long hair and an attitude, and there on the TV screen … [Read more...]

San Diego Comic-Con 2008: Part 2

My professional agenda for Comic-Con was fairly simple: Soak in the visuals, get a general feel for the industry and do some basic networking.  With this in mind, here are some useful tips I learned along the way on how to take advantage of the convention: Bring a highlighter. You'll need it to track the three-ring circus of panels.  Comic-Con often has an online schedule in advance of the convention, so it's possible to do some pre-planning.  But it does change/update … [Read more...]