Ask DN: How's this for a creative network?

over 5 years ago from , http://meet-cristian.com

My team and I have been toying around with the idea of creating a creative network based on case studies - instead of uploading a 400x300 shot where aesthetics are the priority, you would get a list of mandatory fields where you can provide information about the client, what the project required, what problems you faced and how you solved them, what tools you used, etc.

This would on one hand help us learn from the minds of the very best out there and make the industry more transparent. It would also make it possible for constructive feedback to be provided.

What I wanted to ask was, what do you think? Would you use such a network?

Here's a quick sketch for what it might look like:


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  • Mike Wilson, over 5 years ago


    9 points
    • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, over 5 years ago

      Behance would allow for a case study to be created, however because there is no fixed structure, and most people don't bother.

      With this network, all fields would be mandatory and the same for each project, so on every project you view you will be able to learn who the client is, or what the requirements were.

      0 points
      • Duncan RussellDuncan Russell, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

        Bechance does have an abstract copy area, "owners" for crediting, tags and a comments system in addition to the work itself though.

        Although I get what you're aiming for (and I totally agree with the premise), it wouldn't take Behance that much effort to add a few more copy areas.

        Then your network's lost its USP, and has to compete 1:1 with Behance and their massive existing userbase :(

        1 point
        • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, over 5 years ago

          That's a fair point, and definitely something we'll have to keep in mind. On the other hand however, Behance still hasn't added retina support or fixed that bug that logs you out every two months. They also haven't made any structural changes to their platform in years.

          So our platform would have to get big enough to be a threat to Adobe (see Sketch vs Comet), and by that time it will be a different game.

          Still, the threat is viable- thanks for the suggestion.

          1 point
  • Account deleted over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    I think one of your biggest hurdles is going to be legalities. There are a lot of clients who aren't going to want you posting work you did for them like this. A lot of them turn a blind eye to a personal portfolio, but even then I have clients that will only allow it if it's not public.

    Back in the day VW went ballistic because - even though Arnold was their agency at the time - other boutiques like Modernista and Barbarian were showing VW work on their agency sites. Some of it was because of sub-contracting, some of it because Arnold talent moved on. Regardless, they were not happy. Now imagine that 100X with real spec work, fake concepts, etc.

    Now, I'm not going to say this is a reason to stop at all, but is some food for thought... maybe think about having public and private "boards" like Pinterest does?

    5 points
    • Adam RasheedAdam Rasheed, over 5 years ago

      It wouldn't necessarily have to be client work. It could projects made specifically for your portfolio but with context to it.

      0 points
    • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, over 5 years ago

      That's true, a client can request for the work not to be published. However this applies to all creative networks, regardless of how the information is structured, so we would get the same projects we get on Behance, only with some context and a more purposeful community.

      Private projects are a good idea.

      0 points
  • Jonathan SimcoeJonathan Simcoe, over 5 years ago

    Spec.fm has already built a community like this around their Slack channel and https://inspect.wake.io/... eventually they will move to a new collaborative platform. You should check it out.

    2 points
  • Anthony Gibson, over 5 years ago

    Behance is my first thought as well, but I think where you might be aiming to differ (at least the impression I'm getting) is providing for a more structured way to present portfolio items.

    I like the direction. Obviously you can iterate on it until the cows come home, but for an initial direction, I think this is a great first step. There isn't portfolio platform that places emphasis on the process of design, rather than the aesthetics (as you mentioned)

    I agree with the other point about legalities, but I think thats present in environments where you share creative work. I've wanted to write long form posts on medium about projects I've completed and what that process was like, but don't have as much time to be creative in presenting this content. I'd 100% want to join a network like this to share my own stuff, as well as discover others.

    Looking forward to seeing how this matures, if you looking for beta testers or just someone to give feedback, please feel free to send my way :)

    1 point
    • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, over 5 years ago

      Yes, the objective is to provide a lot more information about each project and organise it logically and symmetrically.

      At this point, we're just toying around with the idea, but I will let you know if we decide to go ahead with it.

      0 points
  • Michael Nino EvensenMichael Nino Evensen, over 5 years ago

    I've been thinking about this exact idea for ages. Design discussion and network today is basically limited to three places: - Designernews, which is basically just a link-sharing site with super top-level no-depth discussion. - Dribbble, visual top-level no depth or context. - Behance which is just the posting of long PNGs and a comment field attached to the bottom of it.

    I think the design community would benefit greatly from an idea like this if executed correctly. The thing I've been worrying about is overhead. Even if there was a really nicely executed structure to share more in-depth process of my work (and even if legalities were settled @Benjamin) I don't know if I would be willing to put the time into really outlining a design process. It just takes so much time, even if the threshold is really low (let's say the rule could be never post finished work), it still takes time and effort. How could this be solved is the question that I've been going back and forth about.

    That being said though I don't think it's impossible given that it's happening in isolated cases around the web, some individual case studies, medium articles, roundtable talks etc.

    1 point
    • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, over 5 years ago

      If you have a project you have been working on for months and came up with some really clever solutions, wouldn't you want to talk about it?

      The advantage this platform would offer over Behance is that all the fields are already established for everyone - you don't have to figure out how to structure your case-study and design a long-ass PNG. You get fields: tell us about who the client is? what were the main requirements of the project? talk about how you met these requirements.

      0 points