Friday, February 10, 2012

Coming Soon: The Creator's Cafe

If you're someone who enjoys creating things, you know that surroundings play an important part in the success of your work. It's hard to be creative when you're distracted, or when you are around others who aren't supportive of what you are doing. It is also helpful to hang around with other creative people. You can bounce ideas off of them, and you may find someone who has just the skills you were looking for to help you complete your project.

This was the inspiration behind the Creator's Cafe... a cozy place where you can relax, mingle with other creators, and collaborate on ideas. It was the dream of builder and visionary Kitteh Noir to bring such a place to SpotON3D, and it will soon be available for everyone to use.

The goal of the Creator's Cafe is clearly stated in its mission statement, imprinted on an archway inside: "To provide a service and location for all creators of all skill sets... a 'cozy environment' to grow and to nurture their talent. A group for creators, created by creators."

What services will be provided by the Creator's Cafe? Here is a brief list of the major things that you will find there:


  • Coffee / Tea house: A place for creators to sit and chat without fear of prejudice, or fear of being griefed or bullied for their thoughts or creations.


  • Jobs Wall: A post-it note wall that will have active jobs posted by creators should they choose to, offering others to join them in finishing a job for either a split of the profits or a discount on end product.


  • TP / Banner Board: A wall dedicated to advertising your product or service. We do ask for a tiny donation for this per week of OS$100 to help support the Cafe. Help for this is always greatly appreciated!


  • Taste test: A weekly product that the group can test for a limited time before sale.


  • Sand box: A place where creators both new and old can come and build. There will be 3 sandboxes available: one reserved for scripting projects, and the other two for builds.


  • Classes: This is purely voluntary and must be scheduled on the Cafe calendar. Hopefully there will be 4 classes per week to start with, dealing with anything creative. For example, we would like to offer lessons in Gimp, Photoshop, Illustrator, Paintshop Pro, etc. for texture artists or soon to be artists. There may also be classes for scripters and coders, sculpt makers, or even classes on effective ways to market your products. All classes are welcome.


  • Gift Shop: What cafe, real or online, doesn't want to have people enjoy looking at great knickknacks and fun things? Well if you have an item listed on SpotONSynergy and want to offer it up to the group in the Cafe shop, then let us know. We would love to have it out on display for you. :)


  • Rez and RL Birthday Parties: Each member will have two parties a year -- their rez day and their actual birthday, if they choose to have these listed on the Cafe calendar. You may opt out of this if you wish. A list of other events within the 3D Web Worlds will also be displayed there.

The Creator's Cafe already has a web site address picked out: http://www.creatorscafe.co.uk/. The site is not yet active, but will be available soon. There you should be able to find everything that is available within the cafe, as well as discussion forums.

The Creator's Cafe will be an exciting and welcome addition to SpotON3D/WorldWorks. We look forward to its opening, and hope that ALL creators will come and take advantage of it. Please stay tuned!

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