{Inspiration} The Gap by Ira Glass

There was a day when even the greats were just starting out.

THE GAP by Ira GlassĀ fromĀ frohlockeĀ onĀ Vimeo.

Creative work is tough and sometimes inspiration isn’t enough to make us the best at what we do. Don’t worry, any successful artist or creative mind you talk to will reiterate this point that at one point or another we just didn’t feel the ideas in our head lined up with what came out of our hands. Once we have developed the ability to translate our thoughts and ideas visually we have begun to truly excel at our craft. This speech by Ira Glass has been circling around the creative blog-o-sphere for over a year but this may be one of my favorite visual versions. Listen to his take on “The Gap” and then continue to develop your own work.

FFG Tips: Do’s and Don’t

So you’ve just signed up and you are now officially a Fashion For Globe designer. Now you are ready to upload your first board and get working. Before you get started on your way to becoming the next big thing in undiscovered fashion talent, let’s go over a few general do’s and don’ts for the site:

1. DO upload a profile photo.

No, it wasn’t required in order to complete your profile but it is certainly something we recommend– no one wants to look at that robot avatar forever. Although we do admit it is nice to put a face to the name, your profile photo doesn’t necessarily have to be a picture of yourself. Not comfortable uploading a portrait? Don’t worry a logo or image of your work will also do the trick.

2. DO upload your innovative, inspiring and ORIGINAL work.

Although this was specified in your user agreement, we would like to remind you to post your own original designs for sale on Fashion For Globe. Any work that is published to the Fashion For Globe marketplace will be available for purchase to our buyers and therefore should not be showcased on another portfolio or website. Have great work that you want to showcase through multiple outlets? We absolutely understand and that is why we have created the portfolio option for our designers. This allows you to showcase work that defines your skills as a designer without putting it up for sale.

3. Ā DON’T knock off other artist’s designs.

Our buyers come to Fashion For Globe to find new work that inspires and excites them. They are looking for the next big seller in fashion. Please don’t knock off other people’s designs and claim them as your own. Original ideas and the ones that sell and we know you are all filled to the brim with creativity. Only post content that you have the rights to and we will all win.

4. DO utilize our guidelines and templates when creating your boards.

Wondering about our board layouts and specifications? Follow this link to more information about our FFG board recommendations and general requirements.

5. DON’T be discouraged if your board doesn’t get approved during the first round.

We have a board approval process to help you sell your work. Before you vow never to sketch again read through our feedback. More often than not a board doesn’t make it through approval because of a simple formatting mistake or category change. We are here to showcase your work in the best way possible. Use us to help take your design boards to the next level.

6. DO follow our Blog and Twitter feed for industry news, trends and updates.

The best way to get your designs sold is to do your research and understand your market. Join the conversation through our Facebook, Twitter and Ā RSS feeds and stay up-to-date on what to design right now.

7. DO ask questions.

Unclear about something on the site? We are a close knit community at Fashion For Globe and would be happy to answer any questions you have about how to price and categorize your work, better improve your design boards or tailor your content to a more specific market/customer. Reach out at any time to one of our TalentĀ LiaisonĀ Specialists atĀ

8. DO start designing.

Ready to start creating and selling your work? Great, get started by logging into your Fashion For Globe account here and posting your first board to the marketplace.

Alright, it’s time to get started. We look forward to seeing what you have in store for us.Ā