Daisie 101: How to make a successful project
Here at Daisie, we aim to provide creators with everything they need to make their ideas happen, we nurture fresh visions, incredible collaborations, and inclusive creativity, as well being home to a diverse and positive community.
Our purpose is to solve the ‘messy middle’ of projects, to do that, you need to know how you can make your projects the best they can be, to attract the right collaborators and make your ideas happen. We’re going to show you how.
The first step (is always the hardest)
Coming up with ideas
Inspiration can strike anywhere, at any time. If you’re feeling stuck…
1. Get inspiration online
- Head to Daisie Picks on our homepage.
This is where we feature a round-up of our favourite projects looking for collaborators. You can get involved, flex your creative muscles and find inspiration - all while having a visual example of a successful Daisie project. Additionally, collaborating on projects is a great way to expand your own creative network.
- Get involved with one of our Weekend Challenges, that open every Friday, to stir your creativity.
The Daisie ‘Weekend Challenge’ is an opportunity for Daisie creators to practice their craft in response to a new prompt every week. If you’re lacking inspiration our array of briefs aim to help spark that creative thought process. Often we collaborate with industry professionals setting a brief relating to their craft (sometimes with the incentive of goodies to be won!).
- Indulge in creative articles and online magazines
Websites like ‘It’s Nice That’ and ‘Colossal’ detail the ins-and-outs of the creative world, with articles spanning across the creative spectrum. You can read up on the marvels and strives within the industry you’re passionate about and hopefully find some inspiration!
2. Your every day can be inspiring.
- Go outside!
Head on down to any art exhibition near you, take in your surroundings, go for a walk in the park, people watch in a cafe! The possibilities are endless, inspiration can spark from anywhere - from something as simple as someone’s cool outfit catching your eye, to losing yourself in a classical Van Gogh piece.
- Take a shower
Letting your mind wander in the shower not only relaxes you but also your prefrontal cortex - the brain’s command centre. This leads to your brain’s default mode network (DMN) to kick-in. With your cortex loosened up and your DMN switched on, you can make new, creative connections your conscious mind would otherwise dismiss, and these help you to solve the big issues swimming around your head.
“Just do it. Publish your thoughts, your ideas and your projects, because you may inspire others who will go on to create beautiful things because of you. Or, you might get together with others and start amazing things as a team. In addition to that, open up to different ideas and new influences, this can lead to incredible things as well.”
- Paulin, Nothing But You
Naming your project
The first step in officially starting your projects journey on Daisie is to give it a name - here are a few tips to help you out.
1. Try to instil some intrigue in your project.
Utilising a sharp name helps attract collaborators, especially for less visual projects. Something eye-catching and compact will also look a lot nicer on your project, helping people to remember it. You can also place your project in one of our creative categories, i.e. film, design, art, etc.
2. To collaborate or not to collaborate, that is the question.
At this step, you can also tell people more about your idea, how collaborators can help, and if you need them to be in a specific location. Projects on Daisie are open to collaborators by default; collaboration allows your project to flourish, with more creators discovering it and interacting with it. It also gives you a shot at being displayed on our Daisie Picks! However, if you are not yet ready for collaborators, you can start on your project on your own and open it to collaborators later.
“It’s actually through Daisie that I’ve been able to move forward sooner with putting on the play in other places, because I was able to gauge interest sooner, as well as numbers, so it might be possible to have productions work simultaneously something which would not have been possible, or even occurred to me if I hadn’t put the project on Daisie.”
- Lana O’Kell, the writer of ‘Drain’, a Daisie original play.
Visualise and Inform
It’s great to have a clear idea of what you want to achieve, or even a base idea that you want help elevating.
Every project that has been successful in bringing their ideas to life have had a few things in common.
- They’re visual
- They clearly explain what they want to do, how they plan to do it and who they’re looking for.
Daisie has several tools to help you build your project. Use images and text to visualise your idea and the text-formatting options to highlight key info and updates. Providing visual stimuli, along with relevant text, creates a more cohesive image of your project. This will attract the attention of potential collaborators as they can share your vision with you.
There’s also the option of creating ‘Boards’ within your project, these act as folders to organise your ideas. Utilising this allows for your project to contain as much information as you require while remaining a cohesive read.
1. Collaboration is key.
If you originally started your project closed to collaborators, you can open it to collaborators at any time from the project page. Just go onto your project settings and simply tick ‘looking for collaborators’. It is unlikely your project can grow on Daisie without being open for collaboration.
Once you open your project to collaborators, you can tell Daisie creators how they can help with the project. This is also a chance to talk about what skills you are looking for from others, and whether they need to be local to your or can collaborate from anywhere in the world.
However, to gain exposure, concise tags are key! Try not to mass-tag simply for more interactions, as this will potentially disenfranchise people from wanting to collaborate.
2. You don’t have to accept everyone that requests to collaborate.
Make an educated decision and choose who you need. Don’t feel bad about messaging them and asking for work examples. Daisie aims to bridge the gap between ideas and actually getting projects completed, your team should be prepared to meet the end-goal.
3. Communicate with each other!
Once you have your team, use the project chat to discuss each person’s role. You can also use this feature to keep tabs on deliverables and organise meeting in person.
“Daisie has been a great resource for connecting with other creatives and sharing projects. As an artist, you always want people to find and connect with your work. In service of this, Daisie is great for expanding the conversation and your contacts in the industry.”
1. Find momentum by setting yourself a schedule and/or a deadline.
There have been several successful projects that set deadlines for their teams and potential collaborators to help keep the project on track. This helps keep the project from becoming stagnant as the team has a reason to keep productive.
2. Break your project down into a series of small, achievable goals
This makes your project seem less of a daunting mission to complete. If you set little milestones you won’t end up feeling burnt out by taking on huge chunks of the project at once.
3. Ask others, for example, your team, to hold you accountable
You’ll only be able to bring your project to life if you’re reliable and dedicated to your idea. This means taking up a leadership role in the process or allocating someone else with this role.
“Being persistent and being consistent is very important. You have to keep pushing yourself to get to what you want.”
- Christina Paik, photographer
There you have it! Our guide to a perfect Daisie Project! However, with all this being said the most important thing to remember is that you’re passionate in your craft, and believe in what you’re doing for yourself. It may take you several days of immersing yourself in the Daisie community before you find the inspiration to start your own project. But if you keep at the grind, you’ll be sure to strike gold.