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The Ultimate Toolkit for Creative Entrepreneurs: A Giveaway with These Are Things

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Truth Be Told.

If you’ve been living under a rock, we’ve got to clue you in. Here’s the skinny…

We are obsessed with These Are Things.

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Designers, illustrators and fellow Ohioans, Jen Adrion and Omar Noory are inventors of the modern map and other such delicious travel goods.

Not only are they über inspiring, Jen and Omar are honorary Go Media staffers. They’ve contributed so graciously, so generously, to our little world. Just check out this goodness:

 The Secret is Out.

We are so excited to be a part of Jen and Omar’s big announcement!

| The cat is out of the bag. |

Designed to Sell Hi Res Cover

Cover and design were done by the talented folks at Jolby & Friends in Portland!

So there it is! Jen and Omar’s new book, Designed to Sell: The Unconventional Guide to Creative Freedom, is available today, Tuesday, February 11! This comprehensive resource has been developed for creators, crafters, fine artists, designers and any kind of maker who wants to build a lifestyle and career around the principle of creative freedom.

Designed to Sell was created by These Are Things with the help of Chris Guillebeau, bestselling author of The Art of Nonconformity and The $100 Startup. Over twenty artists, designers, and crafters, who were also interviewed  to help develop this ultimate toolkit for aspiring creative entrepreneurs.

Designed to Sell is all about honesty: what we love most about These Are Things. We’re sure you’ll learn from their stumbles, mistakes and successes – this creative road map so to speak.

These Are Things Modern World Map

These Are Things Modern World Map

Giveaway Time!

Comment below for your chance to win a free copy of Designed to Sell. Not only will you receive a free copy of the book, but you’ll grab all of the juicy bonus materials as well!

You’ll receive the 130+ page PDF and all the supplemental resources, including a dozen interviews and the ultimate pricing toolkit.

To supplement the guide and help you with each aspect of running an art-based business, the following resources are also included:

  • Roadmap to Creative Freedom: A master to-do-list that covers each and every creative and business task you’ll need to complete to achieve creative freedom — from your first sketches to packaging you final product
  • Directory of Creative Business Resources: Our carefully curated list of recommended creative business resources. The directory lists products, services, tools, and suppliers that have been vetted by successful creative businesses
  • Ten Lessons We Learned the Hard Way: Avoid the common mistakes Jen & Omar made while building their six-figure art business.
  • Ultimate Pricing Toolkit: How to confidently put a fair and profitable price tag on your work
  • Finding Your Big Idea: A list of hundreds of marketable product ideas for artists working in virtually any medium
  • Crafting the Perfect Pitch: Get your product featured on top creative blogs and in legit publications. Includes pitch samples and DIY template

Total value of this giveaway is $447!

*Winner will be chosen on Friday, February 21 at 5 pm.*

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About the Author, Heather Sakai

Heather Sakai is the Community Manager here at Go Media. She helps designers prevent design disaster over at MockupEverything.com, where she serves as the Product Manager. She's proud to work for the most passionate creative agency in the universe, the best in Cleveland Web Design, custom branding and print.
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Discussion

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  • medusae

    As a confused recent grad this could be the resource I need!

  • Monica Cronin

    HOW AWESOME. Jen and Omar are fabulous. Nothing can keep them down!
    Thanks for the post GoMedia~

  • Lenny Terenzi

    So excited that they have fought hard and are on the road to success once again! Thanks to WMC Fest for giving them a speaking slot last year!

  • Joshua Cody Williams

    they are a beautiful couple with an adorable style and a wealth of great ideas. Congratulations to them on achieving another milestone, and thanks for sharing their experinces!

  • Sonali Agrawal

    Oh wow!!! Would love to win and get motivated by Jen and Omar!

  • Design Fries

    Good, honest, information, can’t wait to read this! Thanks!

  • Rob Perry

    This is GREAT! And yes, please, to the giveaway!

  • Rod Encarnacion

    Jen and Omar definitely provided some great inspiration to continue my journey and reach my goal of being a top level designer. No matter how many ups and downs come my way, they only make me stronger as a designer and also as a person.

  • TWD

    This sounds Fantastic!

  • Christine McKenna McCloskey

    This is incredible… So want this!

  • http://dariocalonaci.com/ Dario Calonaci

    I would love to win this – as it will be so much useful for my newborn company, Kerned
    Having this will allow me and my team to jumpstart this new adventure – with better positivity and moves!

  • Zach Christy

    After seeing Omar and Jen at WMC last year and hearing their story, I feel like they are doing things right. And, if this book is any indication on how to get into the same playing field as them, I am in. I wish them all the success in the world. Super great people.

  • Matt

    What an excellent pack of resources. I sure could use something like this.

  • aglOseL

    Congratulations on your success and best wishes towards your continued success. Thank you for sharing your experience with the rest of us ;)

  • Laura Lyle

    I got the opportunity to hear this enchanting pair at WMC Fest this year. Their talk, was by far the best one I heard during the whole weekend. I was one of many who jumped up with tear-filled eyes to applaud them on the most genuine, honest, talk I had ever heard. They risked everything explain every detail about their roller coaster journey, but they were REAL. As a young designer, there was nothing more motivational than hearing not all about where they want to be, but where they’ve been and how they got there. Jen + Omar are two very special, creative individuals. I wish them well in their endeavors, Congrats on their gorgeous new space! I would LOVE to receive this giveaway from These are Things!

  • finnllow

    I could really — REALLY use this right now. Been at it for 10-years and started over in the fall. Trying to do my own thing rather than clients with meaningless revisions, but I’m not having any luck selling the few products or originals I offer. I often wonder if an artist rep is the way to go. I watched your WMC talk and instantly became a fan and I’d live to learn from you. Please pick me!

  • Heather Sakai

    I love all of these comments! Yes we love Jen and Omar too! Aren’t they the best? Good luck everyone!

  • Annie Hoeksma

    This guide looks amazing, and I would love the chance to win it. I love the maps that Jen and Omar create!

  • http://www.natoof.ae Mariam

    you usually read unconventional on every book release but this one looks truly a not traditional guide to the business world for creative people- a resource that would certainly be beneficial.

  • http://www.gavintdesign.com/ Gavin Thompson

    “These Are Things” have such a great journey to learn from, I’d love to win this package to apply it toward my career. Fingers crossed!

  • Rachel

    I’m a big fan of theirs and would love to win!

  • Kendall Brieck

    I’d love to gain some golden nuggets of wisdom from Jen and Omar!!! I love everything they’ve done and really appreciate what they’ve gone through to get where they are. My husband and I are looking to start our own Illustration/design studio and this would be a tremendous resource for us. Go Ohio!

  • Bernadette Moke

    Graphic Designer by day, Artist by night. This would be perfect for me! I’m always stuck in the rut of: I could “do my own thing” if I made more money, but I need time. And I won’t have the time if I am still working my day job. Rawr!

    (PS. I Love Go Media!.. Will you be my valentine?)

  • jakedugard

    I would love to win this. As a soon to be design graduate and recent business co-founder, I would love to learn from experienced designers.

  • Jessica Schuster

    This sounds absolutely fantastic!

  • http://www.ann-shen.com Ann Shen

    This toolkit looks so amazing, I can’t wait to read it!

  • http://Vanspillman.com Van Spillman

    I have always wanted to make money at what I love, Iam tired of being just a bartender!

  • david angstead

    should be rad-licious

  • Munish

    The sample looks great. Looking forward to it!

  • Kat S.

    This giveaway seems too good to be true, I just have to try my luck!

  • Andrea Benitez

    What a great give away! Thanks for sharing this post.

  • Ali Hume

    I NEED this in my life right now! I’ve read the $100 startup and remember Jen and Omar’s story.

  • http://www.heatherlinshome.com Heather Lins

    I love everything these guys do and I’d love to have this guide! Thanks for the chance!

  • http://ryanrimm.tumblr.com Ryan Rimmele

    Love these two!

  • Haley Elder

    Recent grad in a place holder job position, looking to get back on track! crossing my fingers again :)

  • jsethlucas

    This looks amazing, thanks for sharing!

  • nodoubtfan

    Very awesome giveaway! Would love to have this!

  • http://www.thesearethings.com Jen + Omar

    Thanks so much for all the kind words, everybody! We are so excited to be sharing this resource with the design community. Creative freedom for everyone! :)

  • Filobot

    This looks excellent! Best of luck!

  • Dale de Silva

    I would love to win a free copy of this… But I would feel guilty, after all, it’s designed to sell!

    (just to clarify, I’d love to win it ;)

  • Gianpietro Melotti

    awesome – iwant, ineed, iadore, ilove, ithanks ;-)

  • http://www.medig.md Mathew

    What a wonderful idea! Sounds like a great resource/book.

  • Justin Mclaughlin

    This looks awesome! I think I’ll buy it wether I win or not.

  • http://simonh.me Simon H.

    Oh hellz yes I’d love that.

  • Becky

    I’ve been waiting so long for this! I would love a free copy!

  • Marshall

    Sign Me Up Please!

  • M Downs

    Your business ‘accidentally started’ is BEAUTIFUL! Listening to your talks are MOVING. Your artwork has SPIRIT! Beautiful Moving Spirit. Repeat. Beautiful Moving Spirit. You are blessed. “These Are Things” for the soul. Thanks GoMedia for sharing! (If the cat is out of the bag, I would love to read it!)

  • Jon Harrison

    I loved these guys on the GoMediaZine – very inspiring!

  • Angela McCorison

    This sounds really great – good job Jen and Omar! I could really use these resources right now and a boost of inspiration, please include me in the giveaway! Thanks GoMedia!

  • thierry

    What an amazing giveaway !
    Thanks for the oportunity to win…

    And good luck to all :)

  • vcying

    Excitied to hear about their endeavors!

  • Alan Natachu

    Very Cool! Looking forward to reading this.

  • Regan Smith Clarke

    Looks like a great resource for creative entrepreneurs. Would love to win!

  • Scott Fuller

    I’m in!

  • Frances Kim

    Love the video interview! Thanks for sharing.

  • Lana Migliore Katsaros

    Oh my! We would love love love this win! Thanks for hosting this!!!

    • Heather Sakai

      Hi Lana! You have been chosen as the winner of our These Are Things Designed to Sell contest! Congratulations! Please send your info over to Heather at hsakai@gomedia.us

  • David

    You guys are an awesome inspiration! This guide would be awesome!

  • Sarah

    This sounds so fantastic and helpful! You guys are great!

  • Mariana

    Yes! I’ve been waiting for this!! Their recent talk was inspiring and just what i needed to hear that day. It would be awesome to win!

  • Bigvince

    This sounds magnificent. Thanks GMZ for always keeping the design community updated.

  • Adrian Carlson

    I LOVE THESE ARE THINGS! These are Things + GoMedia = Epic Combination

  • Joe Nemeth

    I’ll buy it if I don’t win… I never win anything….

  • Rebecca Wnuk

    This would be great to win; thank you so much for the opportunity!

  • Nate Anderson

    I can’t imagine all the benefits that this resource could provide.

  • Jonathan Poindexter

    This is one of those tools one needs to get out from under the rock and start to look down from the mountain. Thank You!!!!!!

  • Autumn Utley

    This would be a wonderful resource for us as we begin the process of starting our own creative-based small business! Fingers (and toes) are officially crossed.

  • http://jakebarry.us/ Jake Barry

    Jen & Omar are such fabulous designers! I’d love to read this book!

  • Blakeney

    Jen and Omar are definitely awesome. I love their willingness to share their journey and even their approach to design! :)

  • http://www.ajsevillano.com Antonio José

    So, let’s try it! tranks for the giveaway! :)

  • David Turner

    Just starting to leave the Army to pursue my design passion. Maybe this would help push me in the right direction.

  • http://ThisAestheticLife.com/ Christopher Mathews

    What a resource! This is just the sort of thing I need right now. Lost without direction. Finger’s crossed! ;)

  • Adam Anlauf

    This sound so great !

  • David Cox

    Looks like a lot of great material you guys are giving away. If I win, I’ll put it to good use. Best of luck to everyone else as well.

  • Philip Joshua Martin

    Nice Job! Excited about what you have to say!

  • Steven Davis

    Absolutely love these guys. My “Haters gonna hate” print is proudly sitting on my wall behind me at work!

  • Craig Francis

    How awesome… I wish i had a copy… Would really help get out of this creative drought #trapped

  • http://cheryllittle.com Cheryl Little

    Wow, what a great opportunity! Please pick me :-)

  • hg80design

    This looks like it could be a great resource.

  • https://www.behance.net/AlexandraPuzzuoli Alexandra Puzzuoli

    This is awesome! Trying to start up a freelance business and this would be perfect! :)

  • Scott O’Toole

    Wow, the helping hand I might need.

  • https://www.behance.net/AlexandraPuzzuoli Alexandra Puzzuoli

    This is awesome! Trying to improve my freelance business and this would be perfect to have! :)

  • peetmick

    I would absolutely love a copy of Design to Sell. I too am an Ohio creative and promise I’ll put this thing to WERK!

  • Micah Lanier

    A big fan of theirs! After seeing these two at WMC Fest last year, I have a huge amount of respect for them as well.

  • Lauren Elizabeth Kelley

    As a soon to be college grad and entrepreneur, this is such an awesome resource. What cool people!

  • Matt Pennetti

    Awesome! Something I’d love my team to have as a resource.

  • http://www.andrewcilley.com Andrew Cilley

    As someone who has owned a screen printing business in the past and is currently planning another venture this resource would be a huge help for me to strengthen my knowledge and to learn even more skills.

  • Groundswell Prints

    Love their work! Can’t wait to study this book.

  • Eddie Matias

    This looks like a great asset that could help me build my business! Great Job! Now, PICK ME!!!

  • Brittany Barnhart

    I was able to hear there talk last year and I loved them. This is such a beautiful couple and I know I left so inspired by their honesty and their drive. Thank you to GoMedia for having them.