All posts tagged “Community”

Femsplain’s Female-Powered Content Community: The empowering hub for discussion and connection hits Kickstarter

Femsplain's Female-Powered Content Community

When Amber Gordon left her role as a creative strategist for Tumblr, it wasn’t to go on a soul-searching mission. In fact, she had already found her calling—and had founded it in the process. Gordon’s brainchild, Femsplain, delivers a platform for……

Continue Reading…

Cool Hunting

Community returns March 17th on Yahoo

Community returns! The former NBC comedy, which was picked up for a sixth season by Yahoo, will premiere Tuesday, March 17th with two episodes, followed by one episode each week after that. By our count, that means episode 13 — the sixth season finale — will debut June 2nd.


Continue reading…

The Verge – All Posts

The art community responds to the Charlie Hebdo murders

Read more about The art community responds to the Charlie Hebdo murders at

David Palumbo posted this piece, with the words, “Anytime speech is answered with violence it’s tragic.”

Creative Bloq

How to create a community at your event

Read more about How to create a community at your event at

At a time when conferences and events within the web industry are under constant scrutiny, it is hard as an organiser not to have an opinion, look at your own event and evaluate its aspects. Our sole responsibility as event organisers is to create a safe environment for a community to grow. Now, I may have been watching too much of Olivia Pope from Scandal and come across strong with that statement, but it’s the truth.

Creative Bloq

Terroir Life Wines: The Santa Barbara purveyors bring together an international community of winemakers to cultivate connections between regions

Terroir Life Wines

by Janine Stankus To oenophiles, the term “terroir” refers to wind, rain, soil, sun, diurnal shifts—all the elements that imbue wine with its distinct character. It’s the “biography of wine,” notes Ali Banks, Terroir Life co-founder, but one which misses an essential element:…

Continue Reading…

Cool Hunting

Cool Hunting Video: CH Edition Zambia 2014: We hosted another incredible safari, this time with a stronger focus on the Mfuwe community

Cool Hunting Video: CH Edition Zambia 2014

After hosting our first successful Cool Hunting Edition trip to Africa in summer 2012, the CH team was eager to design another trip and revisit Zambia with a new group two years later. Embedded in the wilderness of South Luangwa National…

Continue Reading…

Cool Hunting

NYC’s Newest (and Only) French Bookstore, Albertine: Nestled inside the French Embassy, the community space will host a celebratory festival with talks from filmmakers, mathematicians and more

NYC's Newest (and Only) French Bookstore, Albertine

For the past five years, New York City has—surprisingly, considering its international reputation and community—been lacking something: a French language bookstore. They had all shuttered, one by one, until the last, Librairie de France in Rockefeller Center, closed after 74 years in 2010…

Continue Reading…

Cool Hunting

Speed Dating Hamburg’s Start-Up Community: Five impressive companies that won our hearts at the Reeperbahn Festival Conference

Speed Dating Hamburg's Start-Up Community

Trailers line a side street in the St. Pauli district of Hamburg. Sitting inside each are representatives from emerging companies in the city’s start-up scene, ready to present to investors and journalists alike for a quick five minutes. This is speed dating the…

Continue Reading…

Cool Hunting

How To Give Back To The Design Community

We’ve all seen example after example of perfectly rendered designs that tickle our imaginations, and sometimes even make us a bit jealous. It seems as though some designers are divinely talented, able to create amazing work with almost no visible struggle at all. To some designers, this is an inspiration. To others, however (probably most of us), it can be a little frustrating.

How do these designers do it – what secrets do they know that the rest of us don’t? Today, we’re going to go over the importance of giving back to the design community. Yes, that means sharing your secrets with those who are less knowledgable. It’s a mutually beneficial process in many, many ways.

Process: How do you work?

Dribbble excels at this concept. Their unique format allows members to post and receive feedback on works-in-progress, both allowing the designer to get that vital outside perspective, as well as allowing others a bit of insight into how that rockstar designer creates his or her masterpieces.

The “rebounds,” or snapshots chronicling a project’s stages of completion, can be viewed in order and analyzed, so that the viewer might learn a bit about how the designer works.

This process is helpful because everyone works in a different way, even if the finished work is very similar. One designer may choose to start completely with pen and paper and slowly work with a layered approach, while another might go straight into Photoshop and work on the final piece directly, while the idea is still fresh in their minds.

Sometimes the same designer may switch it up, choosing analog materials on one day, and all digital the next. Design is a push-and-pull of creativity, resources, and experience, and it always helps to see how different designers choose to interpret this dance.

Show Those Sketches

Even before a work becomes a “work-in-progress,” though, it starts out (usually) as a sketch. A simple, black and white doodle on a piece of paper that, though unrefined for the moment, contains important information for the designer about what to do next. Like a blueprint for building a house, a sketch can give you both the vision and the technical components for making your idea a reality.

I love seeing a designer’s sketches, because it reminds me that even those designers that I admire the most have their off days. Sometimes a sketch may be “ugly” or it might not work perfectly at first, but it will later transform into something beautiful. It’s extremely helpful to many designers, both the newbies and the pros, to see sketches and rough drafts of finished pieces.

Let’s See How You Did It!

If you have knowledge of how to do something related to design, whether it’s a special trick in Photoshop, a way to get just the perfect alignment settings in Illustrator, or how to achieve some other cool effect, don’t hoard that stuff all to yourself.

Other designers would love to know exactly how you do what you do, so that they can do it too. I don’t mean so that they can steal your work – I mean so that they can use the fundamentals that you teach them to try their hands at something that uses a similar process.

Process shots are great, as we’ve discussed, but tutorials and other types of specific how-to’s are even better. Just remember to direct any potential clients toward your finished work, as they don’t really care about how you do what you do (if they did, they would design it themselves).

And if you’re worried about people aping your process from your tutorials, just remember that no two designers work exactly the same. Even if a designer starts out copying what you showed them exactly, they are inevitably going to put their own unique spin on the process, slowly turning it into something that’s all their own, and which they will hopefully put in their own tutorial for others to learn from.

Engage And Leave Your Commentary

Let’s face it: when we post a design up to Dribbble, Behance, or any other portfolio showcase, we like it when people respond and leave comments. Even if it’s nothing but constructive criticism, it’s extremely helpful to know that someone is at least paying attention to the work that you do.

By leaving comments and reaching out to your favorite designers, you get the opportunity to be that voice of encouragement for someone else. That’s the whole point of social media, after all – to be social.

Even if you think that you won’t get a response from the designer in question, you can still feel good that you left your mark and shared your own ideas about design. Someone else might come along afterwards and read what you wrote, then reach out to you in a meaningful way. That person could be a fellow designer, or it could be a prospective client who enjoyed what you had to say about someone else’s work, and who now wants to hire you based on that.

You can never really predict where your next breakout job is going to come from, so don’t be afraid to put your ideas out there, in as many different forms as you can.

What Do You Think?

Do you share your design know-how with your fellow designers? In what ways have people shown their appreciation for your helpful tips and advice? Let us know in the comments.

‘Kickstarter for artists’ gets in the community spirit

Read more about ‘Kickstarter for artists’ gets in the community spirit at

vimeo: 69120318 Kickstarter is a fantastic way in which artists, illustrators, animators, photographers and well, just about anyone can crowd-fund their latest projects. Involving the public in your endeavor is a wonderful way to connect with the people who are interested in your work.

Creative Bloq