Unwilling Suspension of Disbelief

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The acknowledgement I get regarding both the components and execution of posts on my site is extremely positive, and I think people are a little taken aback how easily content can be produced.

Everyone is so ingrained in thinking that huge organization complete with multi levels of management are required to produce quality output.

The opposite is true.

Newspapers, Cable TV, News Anchors, radio and a significant amount of the print industry continue to produce diluted crap that has a marginal and rapidly diminishing audience.

They are just now recognizing what they are up against: creative individuals.

The music industry was first, the feature film and broadcast industries are now going through it.

With significant barriers to entry being removed everyone is as free to create content as they are to consume it.

Small agile outfits and even one-man shops compete freely now with these outmoded dinosaurs.

I was recently asked the question : “who does the wonderful artwork on your site?”

The assumption being I guess that it could not possibly be me.

I find that about as insulting as asking someone who dressed them that morning,

Usually when I get questions this laughable I am often very flippant so as to alert the person poising the question as to the level of absurdity, thus allowing them the time to rethink and re-approach.

I was very tempted to respond by saying that I have an army of Garden Gnomes that I keep locked up in my basement that come alive at midnight and are slaves to do my bidding, which is part true.  There may be Garden Gnomes lurking in my basement, but sadly I’m powerless to control them, they march to their own Gnome drummer.

Just so its clear my site is my own.

It’s a personal, not professional site.

There is no target audience, no hectic schedule, everything is mine to create and contribute to as I see fit.

There are no ratings, and I do not receive or look after any guest postings.

The only function I have regarding input that is not my own is through moderation of comments.

I use this site to collect ideas, save and share interesting links, thoughts and ideas as well as my opinion which I express in a myriad of ways.

I think everyone should have an outlet for their creativity, one that does not have a boss that is not yourself.

My site serves as a sandbox for exploring different creative design challenges.

Who does the artwork and creative design on my site?

me

who accomplishes any 3D animation components for my site?

me

who does the audio engineering and design?

me

Who writes the copy on my sight?

me

who does the research for my site?

me

who captures, processes and edits the photos and videos for my site?

me

Who does the I.T. and web hosting on my site?

me

who handles the accounting for my site?

It’s all me baby!

I commented in a previous post regarding my feelings regarding generalists vs. specialists :
http://christopherwatts.posterous.com/design-is-creation-with-strategy

Since then I have found a fantastic UX site that delves into the issue in far greater detail:
http://www.uxmatters.com/mt/archives/2009/02/specialists-versus-generalists-a-false-dichotomy.php

After reading this I have to agree with Robert Hoekman, who has coined the term “Solutionist” to better describe a jack of all trades: http://rhjr.tumblr.com/post/469322851/the-solutionist

The greatest frustration one has when being a jack of all trades, outside of the disbelief that someone might be actually capable of handling all these varied rolls, is being pegged for only one of them.

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3 thoughts on “Unwilling Suspension of Disbelief

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