collaboration

Lee LeFever is one half of Common Craft, the other half being his wife Sachi. Their business is to explain things in a simple way using artwork cutouts and video. A couple’s labor of love has turned into the family business, and now LeFever has a book on the way too – The Art of Explanation. Lee was kind enough to share some insights into his work and life. Continue reading…

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Social Writing with Google+ Hangouts

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Google+ hangouts is one of the more unique new tools creative professionals can use to work with colleagues by creating a virtual space for writers to work together that also enables allowing artists to share their screens as they work, all while enjoying social aspects often missed out on by collaborators when working from separate [...]

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Lessons from a Video Project

Lessons from a Video Project

During the production of the video series “Focus: Seattle Poets” there were lessons learned and observations made. In the following, I’d like to share some of them. This was not the first set I had been on, but it was the first serious video production I had ever been in charge of. Knowing that the [...]

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Help Your Friends Get Good

Help Your Friends Get Good

Ever looked at someone’s work and though it was terrible, and that you could do better? Ever read a book or a blog post and felt the same way? Or looked at a photograph or listened to a song, and struggled for something to like about it? Maybe you even laughed mockingly at this inferior [...]

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3 Ways to Identify Creative Flakes

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No matter what creative field you are in, at some point you will be collaborating or outsourcing parts of your work. An author gets a designer to do her book cover, a photographer might hire a make-up artist and a composer works with a recording engineer. Creatives work together across genres and fields all the [...]

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From the Personal Assistant’s Desk

Lillian Cohen-Moore

This is a post by Lillian Cohen-Moore, a freelance writer, editor and personal assistant. When she isn’t spending time in libraries, cemeteries and archives, she’s a stage manager and model. I didn’t actually intend on becoming a personal assistant. Last year, it was because I applied to be an intern with an editor I greatly [...]

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Clone Press, Hand Printed with Love

Brandon from Clone Press.

Brian is standing over a box of shirts as I enter the brand new Sodo location for Clone Press. Shortly thereafter, Brandon (above) pops his head out from the back and says hello. There’s an energy in the air, a buzz of men working. Even though there’s just the two of them. Clone Press is [...]

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