There’s a new player on the web called Creative Market. They describe their wares as mousemade, a term I’ve long sought. Not handmade, not machine-made. And digital, but not generated by software — as a manufactured widget might be. Mousemade implies there’s a human hand on the mouse and a human sensibility driving the creation, morphing it to satisfy an inner eye.
Early computer drawings had controls for lines — width, length, orientation, to be spread across the page with algorithmic care. Logic-crafted machine drawings. And just as those machines never quaked with mirth, the artwork they produced could have no wit, no heart. Just logic. Humanity can’t be written into code. Yet.
Now think of all those smartphone apps, plus the weighty Photoshops and Chromes. They’re mousemade. Also fonts, icons, custom brushes. Tiling backgrounds, Wordpess themes. And beyond that are digital works of art, collages, paintings, interactive installations, animations, videos.
Artificial Intelligence research inches toward code-writing machines but right now mousemakers are the handcrafters of the digital age.
Creative Market is a place where mousemaking artists both buy and sell. An art-supply store for digital artists in need of a new custom brush, also a place for those custom-brush makers to open up shop. I can see that we may need a Pearl Paint of digital goodies some day, five virtual floors chock-a-block with mundane necessities in 200 flavors and arcane specialties you didn’t know anybody supplied. Creative Market surely hopes to grow in that direction.
Being a seller on Creative Market. Sellers keep 70 percent of their asking price, $3.50 if your item sells for $5.00. It looks easy to set up your own shop. More detailed information is here: Creative Market information for sellers.
I’m not sure what the website provides for its 30 percent cut. It doesn’t need to have a storefront or warehouse, heat and cool it, pay the taxes. I’ve been comparing a variety of online outlets and makers for digital artists and each has a different scheme — their pricing, their services for your customers and for you. It’s apples and oranges and kumquats everywhere you look. As these businesses unfold it will be good to keep weighing what’s best for you.
Sample Creative Market Wares
Clouds Brush Pack 1 by Design Panoply for sale on Creative Market
sprout script font by I’m Sprouticus! for sale on Creative Market
Autumn Leafs pattern by rubyvillasenor for sale on Creative Market
- Graphics — icons, vector ornaments, textures, browser mock-ups, banners, silhouettes, logos, 3d renders, illustrations, patterns
- Templates — brochures, invitations, websites, business cards, cards, presentations, magazines
- Themes — Tumblr, WordPress
- Fonts — blackletter, display, non-western, sans serif, script, slab, symbols
- Add-Ons — actions, brushes, gradients, layer styles, palettes, plugins, shapes
- The soil that Creative Market sprang from: COLOURlovers
- On techcrunch
- On thenextweb
- Design Panoply on Creative Market. This vendor has 37 offerings already. Plus their own website.
- I’m Sprouticus! on Creative Market. Her real name is Lesley Yarbrough. She’s Creative Market’s Community Builder.
- rubyvillasenor on Creative Market. I like the lively un-machinelike work.
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