I want to have a cool logo but I can’t really justify paying to commission one to my family. Conversely, I’m not going to ask an artist to work for free, because I value their work and don’t want to imply that I don’t. So, how I can I reconcile these seemingly incompatible requirements? I’m not sure, but I’ve been tossing this around:
- One or more artists submit rough drafts of their ideas,
- I select one that resonates with me and help the artist develop it,
- That artist gives me exclusive rights to the design so that there aren’t 43 instances with “my” branding, but
- The artist keeps all merchandising rights, and I help them advertise stickers, t-shirts, etc.
Releastically, that probably wouldn’t generate a lot of revenue (although I’d certainly buy some stuff for myself). However, the artist would get 100% of all income from it. If I’m the only one who buys a t-shirt, it’s not that great a deal for them. If I help them sell a hundred shirts or somehow become Internet famous, that could be a nice chunk of change, of which my cut would be $0.00.
I’m neither a businessman nor an artist, so I’m not clear if this idea is brilliant or terrible. What do you think?
2017 has been a wild ride, but I have a lot to be very grateful for. I am honored and privileged to be surrounded by my lovely Mastodon friends, and to be in a position that I can give back a little to our community. Thank you for being a bright light in an otherwise challenging year.
I’ve had a hard time going cold turkey with birdsite but it gets easier by the day. I still think of it as the early service that was new and different and exciting and wasn’t being used as a machine for spreading hate. I need to break that habit, but it’s hard.
This morning I drank deeply of that cesspool and was shocked at how horrible it is. Was it always that bad and I was just used to it, or has it taken a recent and sharp turn for the worse? I don’t know. Either way, here we are.
I’ve been committed to Free Radical since its launch, and I want to publicly and explicitly reaffirm this: we’re here for the long haul. The world needs a good, distributed, self-hosted social media network and I think that we’ve found it. I might not have posted a lot lately – life happens – but I’m here for you.
Let’s build something good!
Several times I’ve compared this instance to my living room. I think that’s a powerful and accurate analogy and I’d like to explain what I mean by that.
Even if no one else came around, I’d still have my home and my living room. It’d be boring and quiet, though! I’d much rather be surrounded by friends, and if you’re in my house, I assume that you’re my friend. I’m glad you’re here and want you to have a nice time! I also imagine that we’re in an apartment complex, surrounded by other people who also have living rooms and have invited friends over.
Continue reading Welcome to my living room
Mastodon is our nice little safe haven away from the rest of the world. No one wants to see it packed with ad content, so we’ve all put things like “no commercial stuff!” in our site descriptions and patted ourselves on the backs.
When companies discover Mastodon and come calling, none of that is going to help one bit.
Continue reading The Brand Comes Around
I silenced our first domain this morning (and updated the status page) because a user pointed out questionable content and I agreed with their assessment.
Much has been said about that particular instance and I’m not getting into all that. It did want to comment on the rationale behind the action, though:
Continue reading Our first silenced instance