So…..behind the scenes at TalentBlend we have been working hard on the new system and design for the site. There really are some great new features that we will go into full detail later on but right now we will just go through the changes.

Firstly is the appearance and design of the site. The previous version was very dark and felt closed in, this didn’t work because it completely contradicts what TalentBlend is all about, which is connection, expansion, creativity and community. So we completely started afresh. The result was a lighter warmer feeling to the entire site.

We have added some great features that will hopefully improve everyones experience on the site, the main ones are:

1. Multimedia Profile Covers (videos, images & playlists that you can add to your profile cover as a first impression of you and your work.)

2. Account Hopping (allowing the user to jump between different TalentBlend accounts whilst remaining logged in) this is especially useful for those that may have a personal account and also manage a company one, or for anyone that simply needs more than one account. Group accounts can even be managed by more than one person.

3. Status & Blender Post Search. (allowing users to search not only projects and uploaded content but can also search users posts for more accurate and precise coverage.

4. Facebook and Twitter Integration (we made it possible for people to find their Facebook and Twitter friends and interact with them on TalentBlend, link to their other social media accounts for reposting etc.

And many more fun things. TalentBlend is a community collaboration site, so go ahead and take a look and let us know how you feel about everything.



The Importance of Creativity for Human Beings Today.


As the world around us is continually developing we are finding ourselves conforming more frequently to routines. Over the years it seems that we have adopted various template like lifestyles in order to live life “correctly”; Go to school, go to college, get a qualification, get a good job, a career, buy property, save money, have kids & ensure that they have the opportunity to follow the same path that you did. A formula for a successful life if you will.

This formula is very practical but unfortunately tends not to be a lot of fun. Some that follow this pattern are lucky and get exactly the result that they want out of it, but many others don’t and are left feeling unfulfilled in life. What people seem to lack is the ability to be free and to have the time & space to be creative. Being a human being is all about being creative and being able to share that creativity. Whether you are creating a loving relationship with another person or if you have created a piece of art for others to enjoy, creativity & sharing makes human life actually worth something.

In the last few years we have struggled with a global recession and this has meant that people have less money, therefore less time to create and also are less able to feel comfortable taking risks, they are forced to stick to the security of the formula, after all at the end of the day bills need to get paid. But when we lose the ability to creative we become machines, mere functional tools. And that just sucks.

Work should be a functional means to an end, not a way of life. We need to make sure that we find the time and means to stay creative. As more & more people subscribe to this “template” of success & security they are losing imagination for stepping outside of it. We are becoming less and less independent and are therefore losing the ability to control how we live our own lives.

If kids want a toy and the parents cannot afford it then the parents either go into debt to buy it or the kids simply don’t get the toy. Why not improvise? Build it yourself. Even better, build it with friends. It will be much more rewarding in the end anyway. And you would probably have more fun creating it than you would have going to the store and paying for it.

Let’s find time & space to create with each other.