Damian came by the studio last week to show his new service, Hunie. It's still in Beta, but you can request an invite. Hunie's goal is to create a community of designers giving constructive, and very specific feedback on works in progress. I love the site design and the emphasis on large images. Find me there!
It was awesome to talk to Damian about the kind of support system you develop when someone grows as a creative on the internet. We had both started out on DeviantArt (I'm over being embarrassed by this and totally owning it. In fact, here is a link so you can find some horrifyingly old work). He had actually worked on DeviantArt while I was frequenting the site in my teenage years. When I was a regular there, I made some amazing friendships and connections. Some have lasted, actually! My internet friend Jonathan Kennedy of 8+ years and I finally met when he visited me in NYC from Newfoundland. In a sea of awful furry art and blurry self portraits, I found a small group of around 20 people who regularly commented on new work, and pushed each other to become better. I can honestly say that the community I found on DeviantArt pushed me to be a growing artist, and made me realize my path. I went to art school with a strong portfolio thanks to that community.
I'm hopeful that Hunie can replace what I've lost in not frequenting DeviantArt. With some tweaks and changes I could see it happening. Find me on Hunie and we'll see how it rolls!