I work in a creative field. For the first time in a long while, I have got a little downtime before my next big project is due to kick off. I want to use this time to engage in some networking and try to expand my clients list. I'd love to hear some tips on how to go about that. [more inside]
posted by lost_lettuce
on Jul 11, 2014 -
Say a client hires you, a freelance creative person (artist, writer, designer, ...) for a project without bringing up the budget or asking about your fee. The client is valuable and you want to come across as smooth, friendly, and of course professional--so what are clever ways of approaching the subject?
posted by cyrusw8
on Jul 4, 2014 -
Looking for some of the most impossibly interesting and creative apps for iPad 1. Top of the line and free. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier
on Jun 17, 2014 -
My a cappella group is having a 20th anniversary bash in August, and I'd like to do something fun to display the set lists that I have collected over the last decade or so. I use the backs of our business cards to write our set lists in different colored pen, including the note to blow before each song, who will be introducing what, and other cryptic scrawls. I have amassed about 75 of these cards, and the group would like to display them as a piece of memorabilia of sorts. I have considered a business card collage, which could be interesting, but I'd like some more ideas.
Please help me be crafty!
posted by blurker
on Jun 7, 2014 -
I'm looking at a print based project and am on the hunt for A4 or A5 sheets of tire tread, as if it's been removed straight from a tire. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23
on Apr 8, 2014 -
My guy and I live in a lovely apartment with a very small bedroom. We're able to fit a queen-sized bed and a dresser, but not much else. One problem we're facing is a lack of space for nightstands. We both would like some space to keep our phones (mostly because of our alarms), reading materials and maaaybe a tiny lamp. I have a small amount of space on my side of the bed and could potentially fit a small tripod-style stand. (any suggestions on where to find one of those are welcome!) He has no space. He has under the bed space. There is also an unused door that always stays shut on his side, so we were thinking possibly of getting some sort of hanging shelf that can be hung on the doorknob. Do those even exist?
Any ideas? Thanks creative hivemind!
posted by blackcatcuriouser
on Mar 2, 2014 -
Myself and a group of like-minded ladies are in the throes of creating a feminist hackerspace in DC. We're at the point where we need to name ourselves, and haven't been able to get too far off the ground with brainstorming. [more inside]
posted by Gonestarfishing
on Feb 19, 2014 -
I want to get into video making and was wondering where people get their music from. I've noticed that some YouTube partners go to SoundCloud to pick up remixes of licensed songs to get past the copyright infringement--is that okay? [more inside]
posted by bluelight
on Feb 7, 2014 -
I've always wondered how cartoonist create their strips. But I've started to notice that many of them choose simple body shapes and repeat expressions or only use a few settings or locations. Where can I read a straightforward explanation about the how and why of the creative process for making cartoons?
posted by CollectiveMind
on Feb 2, 2014 -
How can an artist/creative/designer self-promote without sounding like a sleazy car salesman? [more inside]
posted by omar.a
on Jan 29, 2014 -
A number of coworking companies have popped up in our city and I am trying to find one that feels right to work in. The first two I visited were OK but had a bit too much of a sales/business vibe for me. In contrast the Makeshift Society has an art school feel to it that feels refreshing. I'm not the artiest person in the world, but I'm wondering what other coworking places might have an interesting alternative feeling. [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz
on Jan 17, 2014 -
I'm looking for games that have an element of creativity and can be just as fun played without a real winner. For example, games like Encore (a singing game), Telestrations (a drawing game), or Apples to Apples/Cards Against Humanity. All of those games can be played to win, but the real fun is in the game itself. While I'd definitely be interested in games that don't require any supplies (ie charades) I'm really looking for fun stuff to give as gifts.
posted by fermezporte
on Dec 4, 2013 -
I would like to manufacture a table with these legs
, but with a wood desk top. Where would I go to do such a thing? Most "prototype" manufacturers are for metal products, etc.
posted by uncannyslacks
on Nov 14, 2013 -
If a work (say, a book) is licensed as a non-commercial CC, does that mean that anyone is free to make digital copies, photocopies, hardcopies, etc and redistribute it as long as they don't sell it? What about the author? Are they able to sell it for profit, after that? Can they publish it through a third party, (e.g. Harper Collins) and how does the third party get around the prohibition on commercial distribution? Maybe I'm understanding this all wrong. I'm trying to figure out if there is a license that would allow the author (and the publishers he selects) to profit from a work, but also gives people the right to copy and redistribute the work for free. If it exists, is it practical? Are there examples of publishers being willing to do this? Or does that model prevent them from making a profit by printing?
posted by brenton
on Nov 8, 2013 -
I am suffering from major career burnout and I hope you can help.
I am a 31 yo chick who has been working in IT for the last 8 years. The first 4 years were ok, since I worked in software consultancy and did not get involved in politics and silly meetings. I was never planning to work in IT, I just fell into it, working in support and working my way up to Consultancy.
I have made the dumb but financially viable choice of becoming a Business Analyst 4 years ago.
I hate every single minute of it; the politics, the lack of career prospects, the boredom, the lack of creativity and constant role playing.
I am a creative person at heart; but I have no idea how to branch the hell out of IT.
Hope someone has gone through this and can provide some advice?
posted by superscribe
on Oct 29, 2013 -
My best friend is getting married in June and I'm a bridesmaid.
I've offered to put together a guestbook for the couple as part of the big day. I've heard of so many creative ideas - books with photos, framed signed photos, puzzles, etc., but some of them seem impractical. I want this to be something they can potentially display in their home as a reminder of the ceremony.
I need ideas, links, personal anecdotes (what made your guestbook special?), to help me put together the best guest book for a lovely couple! It can be DIY or for purchase.
posted by brynna
on Oct 14, 2013 -
I have searched the archives and have a pretty good handle of what it takes to make a good standard wedding toast. But what about a creative wedding toast? [more inside]
posted by halfsorry
on Oct 4, 2013 -
I end up in these situations where I need to buy a gift for a kid in the extended family, but the idea of just buying regular toys always seems lame. I like being a creative gift-giver.
Can you give me some ideas for unique gifts for kids that would go over well? [more inside]
posted by dosterm
on Jun 18, 2013 -
I've got a very eclectic resume: 5-7 years of experience in several different fields at once, because I have had multiple simultaneous jobs. Now I'm looking for a new gig, and I think I have a lot to offer, but I'm not sure how to market the breadth of my skills. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator
on Jun 1, 2013 -
I went on a long, long break form my creative career cause I was feeling burnt out due to some failures and now I can't seem to get back into it, possibly because I no longer have a financial incentive to do so. How can I fix this? Warning: Long, super privileged person problems. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 7, 2013 -
I used to play a lot
of PC games, but in the past 10 years moved towards console gaming. I realise I've missed a whole era of games that only really work with a mouse and keyboard. My absolute favourites were creative, engaging, long play games, such as Rollercoaster Tycoon
. I never really played to win. I played for creative ends. The best times I had playing Rollercoaster Tycoon was in sandbox mode
the only limits being my imagination. Those were the days. What (PC) games offer the equivalent of this now? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Mar 26, 2013 -
MetaFilter, I'm creating two corporate entities for small side ventures, and I get to name them whatever I want! Suggestions/inspirations? (some parameters inside) [more inside]
posted by dry white toast
on Mar 1, 2013 -
What kind of academic path (from the undergraduate level and beyond) prepares one for developing or working on interesting, innovative projects like Steve Mann's EyeTap (or Google Glass), or other cool interdisciplinary digital projects (e.g. medical cybernetics, space elevators, wearable computing, smart home devices)? [more inside]
posted by mayurasana
on Feb 28, 2013 -
I am finishing my associate of arts degree. I am trying to think of possible career paths. The careers I am thinking of are related to librarian work, academia, reading/literacy teacher, speech language pathologist. Some of my interests/strengths are clerical work, very creative, research/writing, counseling/teaching, art layout, health, the outdoors. I like working with children. Are there any careers along these paths that I should consider ?
posted by Lillian7
on Feb 19, 2013 -
I'd like to get some help for a new trendy, southeast Asian restaurant name. The restaurant will be limited service (fast-casual), similar to a Chipotle.
Some names that I like:
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Let me know if you have questions, and I can try to answer them.
posted by emeyer5269
on Jan 21, 2013 -
Please help me find creative outlets that don't require living in one place or computer screen time, that aren't repetitive, and that pack small. [more inside]
posted by aniola
on Dec 16, 2012 -
I'm an organizational creative jill-of-all-trades and I might be losing my job. I'm updating my resume and, coincidentally, I need help creatively organizing it. Help, AskMe? [more inside]
posted by thrasher
on Nov 15, 2012 -
The time is drawing near when I have to make a name for myself, put myself out there, promote myself as a capable, dependable, charming, motivated, talented, creative, expressive, innovative, hirable grownup. But I'm having a bit more difficulty with this than I'd anticipated. I can't remember the last time I felt proud of anything I've done. [more inside]
posted by The Biggest Dreamer
on Nov 12, 2012 -
What are your favourite books for children with activities that they can do with minimal supervision? So far on the list, I have The Silver Spoon for Children (cooking), the Ed Emberley books (drawing), maybe Wreck This Journal or How to Be an Explorer of the World (random creative activities)? [more inside]
posted by AnnaRat
on Nov 8, 2012 -
Can you help me brainstorm some great titles for a fitness blog? The focus is eating healthy for time-pressed people. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by unmouton88
on Nov 7, 2012 -
Hello crafty-folks! It's 2012 & once again I have realized that I have not learned to knit in time to give everyone handmade scarves for the holidays. So what new awesome projects can you suggest for holiday gift-giving? [more inside]
posted by Ys
on Nov 7, 2012 -
Seeking your ideas for free or inexpensive crafts for adults that can be completed within 2-3 hours with very little instruction required. Striving for a fun process and a pleasing end product. No worthless, ugly or junky, please. [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife
on Oct 24, 2012 -
I work in high finance but dream of doing something creative. I don't know how to do this. Do you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 21, 2012 -
I am thinking of creating a blog that focuses on longform journalism about sports and I need a name. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Oct 15, 2012 -
What's an alternative to the phrase "when the shit hits the fan" that means essentially the same thing, e.g. "when stuff goes wrong"? Feel free to be creative.
posted by rzperllian
on Jul 26, 2012 -
Married, LIttle with a capital L. How can I get my husband to see what I'm lacking and how it hurts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 17, 2012 -
Suggest me a rewarding and inspiring career side-step.
I desperately need to find a new job, but the obvious ones directly on my career path are just not working for me.
I'm looking for a more creative/design environment which will value my engineering skills and to which I can bring my unusual innovative experience. [more inside]
posted by BadMiker
on Jun 26, 2012 -