Well spoken! Congrats to Envato. ;D
Hey fabulous community!
I thought it was time to gather around the campfire, pour down some highly caffeinated liquids and get to know each other better. This is, after all, a community of creative minds!
Alright, it’s pretty basic, just try starting out from when you first began “designing” to where you are right now in any time format.
For me it would be something like:
The very beginning or year one:
I think I was 12 or something when I discovered Macromedia’s Fireworks program at my dad’s work. Even though I was completely obsessed with music and trading card games, the excitement of creating basic shapes and just very childish digital artwork left a big impression on me. I had to play around in MS Paint at home though, but whenever I had the opportunity, I would play around with that exact program. Not obsessively, but still enough to actually learn some very basic things.
Now I come to think of it, at youth club we worked in Dreamweaver…
We moved to another city, therefore I didn’t get the chance to use Fireworks anymore. I began playing more games, more music and drawing a little instead.
Got my hands on some shareware-ish, freeware-ish clone of Fireworks / Photoshop, I can’t remember the name and after tons of hours looking through guides on the net on how to make at least something, I designed my first website, which even though I was not particularly proud of, it was at least something to show off. Mind you, it was not a real website, no buttons worked and it was in fact more a flat image that looked like something that wanted to be a website.
I could, on the other hand, make “websites” from those 1-2-3-prezto here’s a website designers on the net. They, on the other hand, were gruesome.
Boarding school time! Yay, with nothing to do for one year I really became interested in digital design, making small websites for friends, editing images and what not. Created my first Flash animation! The obsession began.
Fifth, sixth and seventh year:
High-school time, oooooh yeah, on a roll, designed logos for various clubs, especially the student council. In general I really began to dive deep into designing. Got my first paid webdesign jobs and in my final year, HYSEDE was founded by me and one of my mates. Which brings us to…
Here I am, on Envato and several other places trying to improve my skills extensively. I am still not the best at coding, but I’m pretty comfortable on my designing skills and based on the feedback, I think I’ve begun to develop a keen eye for spotting design trends. I don’t know what the future may bring, but I know I will do my best to hopefully become one of the best after having studied Digital Design at Aarhus University.
I know, my life might not seem any interesting, but that’s not the point! I’m interested in hearing your stories ;D. So don’t be shy, gather round and drop some stories, fellow designers!
Obviously they are interested in getting your files sold, if anyone didn’t sell they wouldn’t get any profit from these marketplaces.
I understand your situation and it’s alright to be frustrated, but trust me, they are only interested in pushing your limits as a designer to make you grow.
As a graphics designer I understand that most of the elements for sale are going to be used by other designers for their projects including those they purchase on ThemeForest.
I myself go back and forth on the issue presented here. I think that the web based graphic elements and templated items drive most of the traffic here thus helping those of us who provide only graphics.
I also feel that people looking for just graphics might be put off by the code based items (non-techicnical).
I personally almost feel like this site should be just graphics and only graphics. So if you have a graphic file with a layout for a website sell the heck out of it here but Envato should consider opening a components area on themeforest to allow for broken out items and simple code base for setting those items in templates.
If GraphicRiver is graphics then the PSD template files on ThemeForest should be over here. Or what about providing a link under Design templates back to the PSD website templates or featuring some of those here?
I know it’s a thin line and I love the marketplaces and anything authors can do to sell is ok by me.
I have to partially agree with Fandom on this one. A marketplace or at least some sub-category dedicated to code snippets and the like would be more fitting in my opinion. Nevertheless, seen from a profit-making perspective, adding code to your button graphics etc. etc., is also a great way to “help out” your potential buyers. It seems to me like a great service that sadly draws up a border here at GR between pure graphics and pure graphics with code.
Finally, adding code snippets to your .psd files could just be another bundled service like you see with “ultimate” packages of this and that. Even though it shouldn’t be necessary in all situations, we still make files containing one master graphic and then to add service, we make numerous variations of that master graphic in order to give our potential buyers more bang for their buck.
Yeah, it is a thin line. I’m two-sided in this situation.
Well now, I vouch for that Iam Spartacus guy. (j/k) ;D
Good post Scott, clean and simple, easy to follow. Keep those files coming good people!
My best advice (a quick one, sorry) would be to draw out a small promotion plan, so you’ve prepared yourself. Know your hunting grounds and strike at places where you really see a demand.
On the other hand, if what you are making right simply isn’t popular and/or can easily be downloaded for free at other sites, you might consider expanding your line of products.
Good luck though!
ASH | HYSEDE
Fedt at se endnu en dansker på Envato ;D. Forstår godt ventetiden, sådan er det altid i starten. Det virker bare som om at behandlingstiden er væsentlig hurtigere på de mest aktive køer, grafik-køen især, så det kan muligvis være at “niche-køerne” som Actions ikke lige er første prioritet lige nu. Forståeligt nok.
Og klart i lige måde, har hørt nogle af dine lydklip, du er jo prof! ;P
Al held og lykke.
It’s just a quick question, maybe it’s just me. Anyway, I’ve uploaded a file to the Add-Ons: Actions queue (thanks for your help Scott btw!), but I’ve been number 1 for about 16 hours now and based on the feedback I got from my initial upload (Uploaded it into the wrong queue, doh!) nothing was wrong with my file.
Maybe I’m just impatient, if so, sorry! This place is just too exciting, that’s all.
So is anyone else familiar with the average queue times of that particular category / queue?
Thanks in advance,