Yesterday afternoon President Obama, one of the most powerful men on the planet, began an open forum on Reddit with the invitation “ask me anything”. It’s obvious why. Engaging with people is important if you want them to like you or hear about you.
It’s not just customers though. At Fiasco we have our mind set on being open. That is not just being involved in discussions about creativity but contributing by initiating conversation. The other thing we love of course is blogging. As we begin to review and update our own blogging platform and approach, the issue of creating content is on our minds.
It’s becoming increasingly easy to manage discussion platforms in online spaces which makes it more obvious when highly popular websites are without a critical discussion base. And while there seems to be a wealth of sites making money from “championing creativity” the amount of critical, meaningful discussion about their ideas is disproportionate. I wonder if there is a growing disconnect between the journalistic approach of some sites and how their readers are consuming “inspiration”. There’s a “just show me pretty things” attitude. It’s not very challenging.
The amount of sites that read like press-release pushers is what makes me wonder about the purpose for this kind of content creation. These sites have influence over our impression of quality design and we should be aware that few of them are embracing and engaged in critical discussion. Issue 197 of Computer Arts features two articles about the need to displease. Freddie Ost advocates we all “make some enemies” and Rex Crowle argues “Picasso probably wouldn’t have developed cubism if his pre-cubist work was ‘liked’ “. Both are very convincing and worth a read.
In the dynamic world of the web, we somehow find ourselves visiting the same old sites. Matt Hardy of The Real Adventure outlines here how our use of the web might be about to change with services that bring us content based on our interests rather than our social connections. I wonder how this sort of service would marry with the current model of sites like ItsNiceThat, or if the two approaches are actually at odds.
How do you find creative content on the web and how do you use it? And what brought you here? Let us know!