This morning we learned that we're an official Webby Award Honoree in the category of Best Writing, Online Film and Video! Woohoo! But what does that mean? Here's what it says on the Webby Award website: As a result of the exceptional quality of submissions this year, the Academy has chosen to recognize work exhibiting remarkable achievement that was not selected as a Nominee. Out of the nearly 10,000 entries submitted to the 13th Annual Webby Awards, less than 15% are awarded the status... Continue Reading
Marshall at ReadWriteWeb, posted a story today about Common Craft that was actually published a few months back, but has been reposted at a "redux." It's one of my favorite bits of press and called "How Common Craft Stopped Doing Client Work, in Plain English." I don't know of any other blog post that tells our story better. Since the original story was posted in September, we've created a resource that helps organizations in need of custom videos find producers who can help. It's called... Continue Reading
This is coming a bit late, but The Common Craft Show has been nominated for an Eddie - An Edublog Award in the category of Best Educational Use of Video/Visual. The polls close tomorrow - we're hoping for a late-breaking victory. Thanks! Update: Thanks so much everyone. We came in second, which makes us proud. You can view the results by clicking "view result" on the poll. It wasn't even close really, Steve Spangler's Blog, which focuses on science education, got the lion's share of... Continue Reading
Yesterday I had a great talk/interview with Jeff DeCagna of Principled Innovation for his P.I. Podcast. We talked about the Common Craft story, but also about "Being Lightweight", based on the recent series of posts. Big thanks to Jeff for the invitation. Have a listen on Jeff's site.
Hi, I am a teacher at a middle school in Ohio, I just shared your electoral college video with my kids and thy got it!!!!! Your explanation is the best I have ever seen. Now my kids want more of your stuff. Just thought you'd like a big cheer from Ohio. Here's to kids getting it! Yay! The video is here.
Recently I spent some time with Jon Udell for an episode of IT Conversations. Jon posted the interview today. I just listened to it and nothing I said made me cringe, so I thought I'd share it here with you. :) We talked about the evolution of the Common Craft format, different learning styles, off board brains and explanation problems, among other things. Have a listen or download it on the IT Conversations blog post. Thanks a lot for the opportunity Jon! I think it came out really well...
I must admit that each time we post a new video, we go into buzz mode - What are people saying/linking/doing? Where are they doing it? How many said something? What do we need to say in response? Watching the reaction is something I anticipate and love about the process. At the same time, I wonder if I'm doing it right. I'm always looking for new ways to scan the web. Here are some tools we use - please suggest ideas/sites/tools that you think would help.Blog Comments - Of course, our... Continue Reading
Well, as of today it has been exactly one year since all this video craziness began. On April 22, 2007 we published RSS in Plain English. We never guessed these videos would take us so far - it was just a problem that begged to be solved. Did you ever see a blog post with the same name from 2004? Since our work is in front of people often, we both feel a little self conscious in talking about the numbers behind the videos. We don't want to seem ostentatious or too self-promotional. But, at... Continue Reading
We have just been notified that The Common Craft Show is an Official Webby Award Honoree in the category of Technology Film and Video. Yaaaay! What does it mean to be an honoree? From the Webby Awards web site: Of the more than 8000 entries submitted to the 12th Annual Webby Awards, fewer than 15% were distinguished as an Official Honoree. Basically, we made the short list but didn't quite make it to being a nominee, which is eligible for the award. It's still wonderful to be recognized... Continue Reading
As I wrote recently, we've been thinking a lot about Common Craft's future. In the coming year, Sachi and I want to make even more videos for you - videos that are useful, both on the Web and in the workplace. We've recently created a new resource that will hopefully help us get there.Today we're announcing the roll out of an early version of The Common Craft Store. It looks like this: commoncraft.com/store The Store is the home for "licensed versions" of our videos. Licensed versions... Continue Reading