What is TCI?
The Creative Independent (TCI) is a growing resource of emotional and practical guidance for creative people, published ad-free by Kickstarter, a public-benefit corporation. We produce interviews, wisdom, and guides that illuminate the trials and tribulations of living a creative life, as told by working artists—including writers, musicians, designers, visual artists, and others. Our goal is to feed and grow the community of people who create.
Spiral & Snail
The Creative Independent’s logo is a spiral. We like spirals because they’re about circling back to a core idea over time, something all creative people must do. As Julia Cameron puts it in The Artist’s Way, “You will circle through some of the issues over and over, each time at a different level. There is no such thing as being done with an artistic life. Frustrations and rewards exist at all levels on the path. Our aim here is to find the trail, establish our footing, and begin the climb.”
While the TCI logo is a spiral, our mascot is a snail. We like snails because of their spiral-shaped shells, and because they excrete slime. The slime helps a snail glide over abrasive terrain, and also creates a map of the snail’s path through time. Tracing a snail’s trail makes us wonder, Where is the snail now? And where was it going in the first place? While visiting our site, you may happen upon a snail (or two, or three), moving slowly and curiously. If you see one, say hi.
You can read more about our spiral and snail in this note.
Schedule & Format
Each week we publish interviews, tips, essays, or how-to guides featuring a different type of working artist’s wisdom. Conversations tend to focus on themes like dealing with creative anxiety, starting something new, creating your own opportunities, and making time for creative work. Our Tips and Guides share practical advice for how to make new things and live a fulfilling, productive, and healthy life. We also occasionally publish essays, reports, and zines—all of which are intended to help illuminate what it takes to survive and thrive as a creative person today.
You can see what’s new each week by visiting our Homepage, or you can see who we’ve talked to so far on our People page or Archive. We also have a Library, which you are welcome to browse for reading recommendations, PDF downloads, and staff picks.
Editor in Chief / Co-founder
T. Cole Rachel
Creative Content Director
Designer / Web Developer
The Creative Independent
58 Kent St.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
We have two different email newsletters:
Each weekday morning, spend a few moments exploring the emotional and practical facets of creating with a different working artist. Here’s a preview.
Receive occasional compilations of wisdom and resources to help you navigate the challenges and opportunities of leading a creative life. Here’s a preview.
We also have a Google Chrome extension: