Thing-a-day, the collective sprint that brings warmth and focus to the month of February. Each year, hundreds of artists and creator from around the world meet online for a month long creative sprint. Everyone is invited to sign up before February 1st and commit to make one new thing (project, sketch, exercice) per day and share it on this group blog. It’s a chance to share some work and get your mind and hands ready for the rest of the year.
How does it work?
* Starting on February 1st, make one thing a day.
* Document this work in anyway necessary to prove to the world that you’ve made something new: write, take pictures, videos, post things online.
* Do this everyday and post to the blog before midnight, 7 days a week. We’re on timezone UTC – 5 hours if you really want to be on time.
* You can upload pictures straight to this blog (limit to 200K per post) but you can also host your work anywhere online and post a link to it on the blog. If you have a Flickr account, use it please.
* Introduce your daily accomplishments: give them a name, a title, a punch line, a description, anything that will encourage others to check out your work.
* See what everyone else has been working on, comment on other people’s work or reinvent something they did.
* No recycled old work, no posting someone else’s stuff unless you have explicit authorization from them. We’ll welcome anyone who wants to join and we trust you know the basic net ethics (-we reserve the right to kick someone out if/when needed).
* Thing-a-day.com will not send you reminders, will not harass you or threaten you if you don’t do your daily post, once you sign up, you’re on your own.
How long will it take me?
You should be spending an average of 20-40 minutes a day, and no more than an hour.
Do i need to know what a blog is?
* Probably. But if you don’t, you’ll learn it pretty fast. By Day 3 of bugs and troubles, you’ll be all set. Thing-a-day runs on WordPress 2.7 if you want to look around for tutorials. Check out the Help page as well for some basic insight.
* If you already have your own blog, feel free to post your things anywhere you wish and link to them from here. But remember that people will be most inclined to check out your work if you post at least a picture or a good hook to your post.
How to join?
Please note that this year’s registrations are now closed.
Why should you join?
* This is your chance to get your creative energy going and challenge yourself to make something out of all these ideas in your head
* Anything to make February go faster is good
* You know you always wanted to do it and never had the courage to commit
* You’ll get peer support maybe, an audience surely
* You can give up on all of your other new years resolutions after that
* Ze Frank did it for a year
* This project was started as a class thought by Ze Frank at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program in the Fall 2005. Every day, the twenty something grad students of this class has to post something new (that plus another large project a week, so count yourself lucky).
* In February 2007, inspired by the Ze Frank effort, we created the thing-a-day platform and opened it up to the public.
* This is the third edition of Thing-a-day.
* This project is maintained by Mouna Andraos with Mohit SantRam and the precious help of Jeff Gray.
Previous years also got the support of Steve Lambert, Michelle Kempner, Eyebeam Center for Art & Technology and many others.
Also, if you want to help, please feel free to contact us at any time.
Read more: thing-a-day.com