Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Creative Confusion

So I like top check out the local art blogs to read about what's going on around town and whatnot, and one website I used to check out was Neda Abghari's Atlanta Creatives Project which at some point was profiling local artists (where'd you go Neda?) So when I saw stickers around town I thought "Man, Neda hangs out in a lot of dude's bathrooms." That is until today when I found ATL Creatives which is a totally different site with an extremely similar goal to the aforementioned Atlanta Creatives Project: "Introduce the world to Atlanta’s creative community." Now both have some great content as well as admirable intentions, and I could care less about which one came first, but what's the deal here?

Furthermore what does it say about Atlanta that these two creative websites share basically the same name? Is it enough to imply that the talents that various organizations (Beep Beep included) represent or spotlight will shine through without some glossing? Does this make your artists or whatever more accesible or more generic? For example if you were to call your group simply "The Art People" would that be interpreted as "awshucks we're humble and unpretentious" or would it be interpreted as "we're not very original so we picked some Google words that people would associate with easily." I mean we're all looking for easy words to get people to remember us by (YES WE CAN!) but c'mon! If I were interested in Boston arts and there was a site called Boston Art Stuff I would assume is was a high school web designer's B+ project.

I'm not saying our's is the most original, magnificent, and ball bustinest art flavored moniker ever :) but I do personally believe that dumbing it down to reach a broader audience should be reserved for daytime television and not for the purveyors of local arts culture.

But perhaps this is a different strokes for different folks kind of thing.


P.S. Props to great names and peeps who represent our fair city: Rabbithole Gallery, Eyedrum, Burn Away, Thought Marker, Dry Ink, Bare and Bitter Sleep, Youngblood and a ton of others.

1 comment:

eric shoemaker said...


Rick Hill, Matt Berger and Myself started Atl Creatives. You can learn more here: