One trend that interests me is the shifting of online tools into the background, to get out of the way of the art they’re trying to facilitate. We see this on the writing side of things with new tools like Medium and Svbtle (another CrunchFund investment). And now we’re seeing it on the more visual expression side as well, with tools like NewHive.
But don’t be fooled by what appears to simply be a newfangled WYSIWYG editor. The goal of NewHive goes far beyond that. As the team explains in their own Expression (their name for individual works), NewHive wants to enable self-publishing and creativity of any and all kinds. And, just as importantly, wants to foster a community around it.
Pay no attention to my shitty Expressions. I’m simply not very creative. But I’m working on it.