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Creative Opportunities – Make Money & be Creative!

Hello, Laghetto here from One3rdNerd.com

I wanted to let everyone on here know about some creative opportunities I thought may be of interest to anyone involved in cottage industries, arts and crafts, fashion, or music.

Fashion

There are a couple of decent websites offering fashion solutions. In short, create your own designs either using their templates, or your own files made in some sort of graphics package like Adobe Photoshop, or Illustrator. The advantage is you can design your shop on their website, much like a social networking site, they take payment, they produce the product, and you get paid commission on each sale. The other advantage is you can be creative and make lots of designs, without needing start up capital to stock items. A very useful system to get started and test the market.

www.spreadshirt.com Nice system, works well, unfortunately only supports dollars.

www.zazzle.com and  www.zazzle.co.uk Another nice system, and supports £ also.

Arts and Crafts

If you are a cottage industry, or enjoy being creative, whether its making your own jewellery, or your own art, there is a wide range of opportunities over at:

www.etsy.com

It has been dubbed as the Ebay for home made arts and crafts, and I have found lots of interesting products on there.

Infectious is a website where you can purchase, or create your own vinyls. Use your illustrator or photoshop designs and print them on vinyls. The interesting part is, they have lots of templates to send you, such as templates for the i-phone, i-pod, cars, walls, laptops and more.

www.infectious.com

Music

Although slicethepie is well and truly covered, there is another new and decent website which allows creative musicians to collaborate using their online session software, hire peoples services, network, and enter competitions. You can win money from competitions or earn money if  someone hires your services through the online session software and uses the PayPal button, not that they are in my good books at present.

I found this website some time ago, yet it is still a beta, I’m not sure why, as they have hosted some competitions for some pretty established artists.

www.indabamusic.com

I know for a fact this is profitable, as I found this website and duly passed it to the best musician I know. A producer from Birmingham who resides by the alias “Lenafrosaxon”. He entered the latest competition, which was by an artist called K-os, he uploaded the whole of his forthcoming album, split into vocal tracks etc, and gave everyone two months to remix them. The winner of each 11 tracks won $1k, and to have their remix on the album’s companion disc this coming April entitled “YES”.

I knew my friend was good, but I didn’t expect him to win 2!! So hes got $2000 and two records being released by Universal Studios on their companion disc. Excellent, my works worthwhile after all. If you think this isnt real, you can check him on the website, and if you look at the songs “Aviator” and “Mr Telephone Man” you will see the winner, Lenafrosaxon. If you do your research you will see im on his friends list, and he gave me “Davey Davisson” a shout-out on his Indaba profile.

Misc

The company Lego have always had employees in their creative department. They have to look at what new products to release, and of course they need the creatives to constantly inspire. Thanks to Web 2.0 etc, they now allow YOU to create your own lego designs using their software! imagine that, as a child I always wanted more lego, the kids of today can get the software with every Lego piece they do, and for free. However children and adults from ages 13 and up, can now after designing their Lego creations, upload them to their system, and market and sell them, and of course, you will get paid commission. Something interested I just had to include for the retro guys out there.

http://factory.lego.com/

Thank you, all feedback, suggestions etc are welcomed 🙂

If anything on this list becomes popular amongst this community, perhaps a blog to show off your creations? We shall see. Until then, ta ra 🙂

Rupert De Laghetto

The One3rdNerd Team

http://www.one3rdnerd.com/



Windows 7? One3rdNerd.com ponders

So, windows 7 is on the verge, and the beta is currently being tested worldwide, if it wasn’t for my killing my Vaio, leaving me with one laptop, I would have been testing it myself. However the reason I’m excited about it, is simply the way they have incorporated touch screen technology, and the fact they have re-done explorer.exe from scratch.

This video isnt new, but does highlight some of the features that will be exciting to both the average users, and the creative users.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqDQ0wUcSPQ

Explorer.exe has supposedly been rebuilt, and thus much faster, I hope this is true, because it has been dragging for some time now. A boring fact, but on to the interesting one..

If you can use your desktop or laptop with touchscreen, then there’s a whole lot of new possibilities, from artists, to musicians, and graphic designers to web designers, many will reap the benefits.

A musician on the go will be able to use their screen like a midi controller, whether they’re playing some keys, or turning nobs. A whole lot more of this can now be “hands on”, with the ability to alter switches, mod wheels and notes in reason, ableton etc, and have the changes recorded in real time, this is truly amazing news. Even in studios the engineers will have the ability to use a large touch screen as their mixer, having the ability to download new operating system software for their touch screen running on windows, Mac will embrace this also at some point, I’m sure they have seen the creative possibilities, and with this being their high end target market, they will no doubt cater for this.

Graphic designers will be able to sketch on their laptops whereever they are, without needing an accessory like a wacom pad or graphics tablet.

Soon, web designers will be building their designs using their fingers to move boxes of colour, text, and modules to different areas of their site, resizing them as they go.

I think these improvements will help users connect better with their tools, in this case the tool is a computer, and although the keyboard and mouse are hear to stay, this “third” hand if you like, will add a lot more functionality, and if the Internet, web designers, and web developers embrace these new tools then maybe web 3.0 is around the corner?

Peace Out

Oliver Pennyweather

One3rdNerd Team

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