Featured User: Stephen Lovell
Published on 07.21.10
From what I can tell, Stephen is one of those guys who like to get involved, who see life as a positive challenge. He works tirelessly works to make things better, cooler and fairer. We like Stephen for exactly these reasons. His curiosity and determination to actually do relevant stuff reminds us of our own. After all, that’s why we started Myows. Stephen has helped us with technical issues in the past, participated actively in idea generation and debate and is one of those members who make this project worthwhile.
Chris: Thanks for taking the time out to chat today man.
Stephen: You’re welcome, my pleasure.
Chris: You’ve been a pretty active member of the Myows community which is really cool and encouraging for us, when did you first sign up?
Stephen: Oh wow, it was right there near the beginning, I believe it was the week you guys ran the free account contest. I found out about it a day or two before that and then signed up.
Chris: Brilliant, and you work for yourself?
Stephen: For the most part. I’ve had a regular day job here and there along the way but it doesn’t offer enough variety for me and, as a creative person, I thrive on some variety in my life.
Chris: Well I was going to comment on that actually – because not only do you seem to enjoy straddling the fine line between design and developing… but your graphic styles are also pretty diverse.
Stephen: Yes, it helps keep me sane, “lol” but at the same time I think it gives me a versatile edge to be able to tackle a project from different angles depending on the needs of a project.
Chris: What kind of title would you hope to have applied to you in the course of your career? As in ” there goes Stephen, he’s a friggen’ amazing ……..”
Stephen: That’s a very good question. In a perfect world I think Artist would be most appropriate. It’s fluid and it’s not so much a static label. It breathes creativity, but at the same time can be used in a professional sense. But, for sensibility’s sake Designer would probably work best. It denotes one who follows some loose set of “rules” to convey a message, at least to most people I think.
Chris: Nice definition! That distinction between artist and designer is an interesting one I think – especially in these digital days… Creatives like us seem to have a tough time defining ourselves sometimes
Stephen: Yes, and since we are also self-marketers it’s more of a matter of which title sounds more professional and attainable for the [insert type of client] I’m trying to attract to hear.
Chris: Yeah, exactly.
Stephen: In the end, I’ll work my ass off, do what I’m passionate about and let whatever label falls on me be. In this world we live in, I’m not sure I could control it anyway.
Chris: True, speaking of self-marketing and professionalism, we’ve been looking at ways that Myows can help provide more services that not only protect and manage copyrights but also help the budding creative signal his professionalism to the outside world (including clients) – that and the fact that she/he takes her/his work seriously. Deterrent measures is one example of this.
Stephen: That sounds like a very bold and extremely useful direction to move in.
Chris: I believe you were looking at some ideas with Max (one of the Myows founders) a little while back?
Stephen: I was in fact. To a degree I think the Drupal module got some of this right, but what I had suggested earlier was that depending upon the CMS the plugin/module is created for OR even the the service Myows is integrated with (Tumblr, Vimeo, Flickr, etc.), the person could have the ability to upload an image onto the site to put in a post, they are presented with a two way choice. 1.) Create a new OW, 2.) Attach to an existing ow (yes the second option could be abused, but the fact that the original image is on Myows the case would fall apart if the images didn’t match up in the end anyway)
Stephen: which ever route they went the image would then be wrapped in a (abstractly thinking) “box” denoting it is an OW within the site, blog, etc. and upon hover you’d get a little Myows graphic with the ow#. (The Drupal plugin has a similar functionality here), BUT moreover upon clicking the little graphic on hover a drawer, or whatever seemed UI appropriate at the time would appear and show more detailed information about the ow including a link to see the copyright, OR even the ability to click a link and request a license with the owner of the OW so that they could legally use the image.
Stephen: If this was handled generally through WYSIWYG editors within services and cms’s you could wrap text, video, images, etc. and have the Myows plugin/module/etc. detect the content type and give appropriate interfaces tailored to them if need be. So you could copyright a poem & the picture in the poem separately
Stephen: Furthermore, the ability to use a jQuery color picker to change the color of the Myows hover graphic would be a very nice touch to that module/plugin/etc.’s settings so you could match it to your site’s theme/design/and so on.
Stephen: I think that is pretty much the gist of it.
Chris: That would provide really nice seamless integration with the ‘outside world’ … makes good sense. This kind of functionality fits within a broader matrix taking Myows out there and at the same time provides Myows with a great opportunity to gain presence! We’re going to have to come back and pick your mind on this in due course as we begin developing on the platform we’ve built so far.
Stephen: Oh by all means feel free to ;D
Chris: Out of interest, seeing as you seem to be quite an adventurous guy in terms of trying new things out… have you ever tried any of the other copyright-related sites or non-repudiation services out there before we came along?
Stephen: nope, Max showed me two of them and to be honest I don’t think I would try them. One of them seems heavily involved into the education market I believe. They don’t have an inviting atmosphere, if you will. If you’ll pardon the unprofessional approach, Myows just feels inviting and cool, bottom-line. (And not the jock that beats you up cool, but the big brother everyone wants to be friends with)
Chris: Nice, that’s a great description of the brand and very much who we are / what we were going for
Chris: Glad we succeeded on the branding front
Chris: I really like your new site BTW.
Stephen: Oh, thank you. It took longer than it should have and there’s still work that hasn’t been put in there yet. Busy, busy ;)
Chris: Yeah – the cobbler’s kids have no shoes, my little design company also needs to revamp and clean up our site… (and it’s still Flash… very 2007)
Stephen: Oh well, you do what you can with the time that you have.
Chris: Yeah and it’s usually for clients…
Chris: Well, before we call time, is there anything else you want to put out on Myows – any other ideas, likes or dislikes?
Stephen: I mentioned it to Max, but I still think a badge system at some point would be fun and helpful in building a community in Myows.
Chris: Yes Max mentioned that – great idea, we’re putting it on the golden list!
Chris: One more quick question before I sign out and go hunt some dinner: Where does the name “Pox media” come from?
Stephen: Branding specialists would probably kill me. There is a Dr. Stephen Lovell of Russian History I believe, for as long as time has existed he has killed my search results, so I knew I needed a pseudonym. I wanted a word/title that wasn’t currently being used so I could have originality and I liked the letter “X” (lol), the way it sounded. So I wanted to also be fluid in title so I added media and eventually after Google search after Google search, etc. I decided on POX media. Not a grand adventure, but it worked. I’ve been using it ever since.
Chris: Cool, well it stuck in mind!
Chris: Awesome Stephen, well thanks again for your time man. I’m sure that we’ll be drawing on your enthusiasm and creativity again soon…