Connecting Creative Professionals in New Locations
My business tagline—indeed, my entire professional philosophy—has always been “Informing, Empowering, and Connecting Creative Professionals.” That last verb, though, has been less active than the others for a bit.
Over the years, I’ve built, or taken over and grown, communities for creative professionals in places like Yahoo! Groups, the Ning Network, and sites I built from scratch, such as CreativesAre.com. I built a job board for creatives, DesignJobsLive.com, which ran from 2006 through 2011 when I sold it. I even created a popular browser toolbar that connected creative professionals with news, free tools, and each other.
Yahoo! Groups became a haven for spammers and scammers. The Ning Network, home to hundreds of thousands of focused forums and social media communities, imploded after it put all of its long-free features behind a towering pay wall few wanted to scale. Even my own inventions eventually went away, one way or another. CreativesAre.com was gradually cannibalized by Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, which is fine; the overlap and eventual demise was expected. The new owners of DesignJobsLive.com changed its name, absorbing it into their own multi-faceted membership services. My browser toolbar went the way of all browser toolbars, which is generally a good thing.
So, for the past few years, I’ve been missing that Connecting part of Informing, Empowering, and Connecting Creative Professionals even while prolifically writing books and magazine articles; recording dozens of hours of video courses; consulting and training creative professionals, publications, and workflows all over North America, and; educating and assisting via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and many other locations. Lately, though, I’ve started rebuilding some of that Connecting part within the current needs of creatives and current technologies and locales.
I’ve built thriving Facebook Groups with lively discussion (see below for some of them). And, today, I’m proud to announce that I’m now helping to build the community directly on Adobe’s own forums.
Beyond the tech support and tutorial functions of the Adobe Forums there is a cozy corner named the Forum Lounge. It was newly rechristened thus by a community of peers, other designers and developers, and incorporates elements of my design. As the official unofficial host of the forum, it’s my job to help it grow, to foster a comfortable, peer-discussion atmosphere—to connect creative professionals.
My colleagues and I, Adobe helpers all, will be sparking new conversations every week for the next year (and beyond) in the Forum Lounge. I hope you’ll join in on our discussions. I also hope you’ll start your own. The Forum Lounge is for connecting and discussing anything you might talk about with peers at lunch or while waiting in line at Adobe MAX or another conference. My goal—and Adobe’s—for the Forum Lounge is that creative professionals like you and I have a place to simply talk to one another, to connect, to engage in peer support, inspiration, and commiseration, and to find camaraderie in a profession that so often isolates us from one another.
I’m excited to once again be just as active Connecting creative professionals as I am Informing and Empowering them.
I hope you’ll come by and talk.
Join in the Adobe Forum Lounge here.
Talk InDesign, InCopy, epublishing, scripting, and more in the InDesign Facebook Group.
Get help and talk about vector drawing in the Adobe Illustrator Facebook Group.
Discuss and get support in EPUB, Fixed-Layout, DPS, and other electronic publishing formats in the ePublishing Pros Facebook Group.