Creative Maintenance

I used to think that those 'creative' types just floated through life doodling and scribbling whatever popped into their imagination. Some weird natural skill meaning that their creations were that bit more 'professional' than those of your average modern human, who hasn't written anything other than their signature by hand since the third grade.

After pushing myself to do a bit more of that networking everyone says is so important, and spending a lot of time in a Melbourne coworking space, it seems that every creative I meet spends a huge amount of time refreshing their skills so that they can stay at the cutting edge of the industry. But these days most creatives aren't pigeonholed into one skill-set, in fact there is a real demand for multi-skilled freelancers and agencies that can offer a more holistic set of services.

Perhaps there is some conciliation in the fact that most creatives are reasonably savvy and active in social media and do their best to share their knowledge when they can. Meetups, forums and social media groups are invaluable to freelancers these days, they kind of keep you sane and stop you from becoming a freelance hermit than never leaves their shack aside from to stock up on take-away coffee cups. Coworking spaces can be even better.

Checkout the Framework Melbourne Facebook page for our own regular meetups or you are always welcome to drop by and have a chat with some of our resident coworkers, you might learn something, you might teach something, hell you might even get some work out of it.

So a designer, a programmer and a writer step into a meeting room...

People think I must be joking when I try to describe what I do for a living. I find it so hard to describe the fluctuation of the creative process without sounding like a complete lunatic. Frankly, I can barely describe my job to myself.

The creative industry is collaborative in its essence. Without like-minded people around you to appreciate, contribute and challenge you on the work that you do the days can be incredibly lonely and frustrating. Framework Melbourne is all about a supportive atmosphere where we can share a space and share some work while we're at it. Here people won't only understand your work, they will be excited to hear all the details and get involved themselves.

So what do I do for a living? Well, it's kinda hard to explain. Suffice to say it includes writing confusing blog posts for a great new Melbourne coworking space.