- This Week’s Featured Authors
- Author Interview: ProgressionStudios
- Important: Envato Content Policy and Portfolio Review
Posted: 14 Feb 2012 04:00 PM PST
Congratulations to this week’s featured marketplace authors.
Featured ActiveDen Author: nitrox
This week’s featured author is nitrox, who has 9 items, including the newest from the Creative/Portfolio category.
Featured AudioJungle Author: thesensercomplex
This week’s featured author is thesensercomplex, who has 67 items, including the newest from the Rock category.
Featured ThemeForest Author: onlinesolutions
This week’s featured author is onlinesolutions, who has 9 items, including the newest from the Restaurants & Cafes category.
Featured VideoHive Author: DoubleX
This week’s featured author is DoubleX, who has 5 items, including the newest from the 3D, Object category.
Featured GraphicRiver Author: MonikaM
This week’s featured author is MonikaM, who has 13 items, including the newest from the Miscellaneous category.
Featured 3DOcean Author: deree
This week’s featured author is deree, who has 81 items, including the newest from the Symbols category.
Featured CodeCanyon Author: BenMartinStudios
This week’s featured author is BenMartinStudios, who has 6 items, including the newest from the Miscellaneous category.
Featured Tutorials Author: BeNormal
This week’s featured author is BeNormal, who has 1 item, including the newest from the Fundamentals category.
Featured PhotoDune Author: Subbotina
This week’s featured author is Subbotina, who has 3752 items.
Posted: 13 Feb 2012 10:00 PM PST
Moving through the ranks as a developer, starting his own web development company, “test, test, and re-test your files before uploading them”, and playing Frisbee Golf. Today we meet Michael Garcia (ProgressionStudios) from ThemeForest.
If you're an Envato marketplace author and would like to be interviewed for the blog, head over to this form. We'd love to hear from you.
My name is Michael Garcia, and I am a 24-year-old full-time web developer from Northern California. Previously I worked as the Lead Developer for a newspaper company until my departure in 2008 when I started the web development company Progression Studios.
The marketplace I spend the most time on is ThemeForest. I currently sell Site Templates and WordPress Themes. This is because web design is what I am most proficient with.
In the future I would like to sell more files like WordPress Plugins on CodeCanyon and various Photoshop Graphics on GraphicRiver.
I haven't had much formal training in regards to web development or graphic design. I actually graduated with a degree in Business Marketing, which I apply to my business practices but not day-to-day web development.
I started by teaching myself Photoshop for fun via tutorials from around the web. I then moved towards web development after having an internship in high school that led to my first job as a Junior Web Designer. After holding a position as Junior Web Designer, I eventually moved through the ranks to Lead Developer. I consider most of my training as "on-the-job" training.
I work from my at home office in Northern California. My main workspace consists of a giant mouse pad with a desk hiding underneath it, and then a MacBook Pro connected to a 27-inch Apple Cinema Display. Having a laptop is an ideal work-machine for me as it allows me to take my work while traveling.
I usually start WordPress Themes and Site Templates by choosing what kind of template or theme I will be crafting. The topics for the theme often come from buyer requests or client projects.
At any given time, I have two to three topics already chosen for new themes. After settling on one topic like Photography, I move onto the design in Photoshop. The design step takes the longest, as polishing the theme will ensure increased sales and that the final theme will meet ThemeForest standards. After that, the HTML/CSS Coding the Documentation can be completed.
I market my files on DeviantArt, Creattica, and various CSS Galleries. Additionally, buyers often request WordPress versions of my Site Templates. I have an e-mail newsletter that will notify buyers when I release new themes. This helps get repeat buyers that already know our quality of work.
This is another converted Site Template that was a top seller. I am happy how the theme turned out of the unique layout and full-width slider.
This is my first WordPress Theme I created with the help of Taha from wizyLabs. I believe the theme turned out well as a minimalist photography theme.
My favorite marketplace author apart from myself is peerapong. The quality and amount of work put out by peerapong is inspiring. Peerapong's work includes photography, business, hotel, and magazine themes and that's just naming a few. Even more amazing, is that Peerapong has published so many quality items in such a short time, member since May 2010.
Most of my spare time is actually spent on a computer reading blogs or watching internet shows. This also helps so that I am always available to answer support questions while online.
When I need a break, I usually get on my bicycle and go riding. It's a great hobby and helps me get out of the at-home office. I also enjoy paint-balling, playing Frisbee Golf and watching Formula 1.
Posted: 13 Feb 2012 09:39 PM PST
As many of our Envato Marketplace authors will know, I recently posted up on Notes about Use of Assets in Previews on Envato Marketplaces. We’ve had a lot of discussion on the post and the forums, and I’m going to be following up on the post with a series here on Notes to clarify and educate authors more on these issues.
It’s really important to us that all our authors understand how to respect other people’s intellectual property. At the end of the day, intellectual property is what is being sold on the Envato Marketplaces, so it just makes sense that we should be respectful and mindful of others as we wish them to be of our own. There’s lots of articles in the Wiki’s Copyright section which are worth reading as a refresher.
Important: read our content policy and review your portfolio
In particular I wanted to draw your attention to our Content Policy article on the wiki. This was formerly posted under the title “Copyright Policy”, and we’ve just updated it with more detail.
It’s worth a close read to make sure you understand how Envato approaches important intellectual property issues. By and large Envato authors are both careful and respectful of intellectual property, but I think it’s always good to refresh and deepen your understanding.
So, we are asking all our authors to take a look at their portfolio of items across Envato marketplaces to make sure that they comply with our Content Policy and Membership Terms. I appreciate this may take some time if you have a large number of items, so we are giving our authors until March 12th to do this.
Remember, any asset that you haven’t created yourself must be properly licensed, including for use in previews. And all photos used within marketplace items, including previews, must be model released (which effectively excludes photos of celebrities). See What Images, Videos, Illustrations or Music can I use in My Item?
As we outline in our content policy, if an author is the subject of repeat DMCA take down notices, we will disable that author’s account. We may also disable author accounts for alleged violations of other intellectual property rights, or where we consider an author to have repeatedly violated our Content Policy or Membership Terms.
I’ve arranged for more posts here on Notes to clarify questions around usage of videos from YouTube, trademark and brand guidelines, and resources authors can use such as creative commons licensed items and preview files from other marketplaces. So stay tuned!
And if you have any questions you think would be worth clarifying, please ask in the comments. I’ll try to answer as many as I can, and turn any big ones into Notes posts!
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