Collaborate

2020.12.26 | 520 words

I get a lot of requests from people to collaborate and do commissions. Here I wanted to lay out some basic information about who I am and how I like to do collaborations to make that process more clear and efficient.

About HAMY

I’m Hamilton and I’m a creative technologist x entrepreneur. On a high level this means that I like to build art and businesses with technology.

In 2020 my projects received > 55,000 views, I have an active audience of just over 2,000 people, and my work has been exhibited internationally.

Some recent projects I’ve been building:

Collaboration types

I generally see collaborations fall into two buckets:

  • Partnerships - We split the work and the reward
  • Commissions - I do most of the work on a fee / reward basis

For both of these my collaboration process is largely the same. But I think it’s worth pointing out that I understand collaborations come in different shapes and sizes and that it’s important for us to establish this at the beginning of any project.

Commission pricing and partnership terms will be different from project to project. My aim is to make this as fair and attractive as possible for each of us. But every project is different so we’ll need to establish them on a project by project basis.

From here on out I’m just going to say “collaborations”. Know that this encompasses each of these collaboration types.

Collaboration process

The rough ordering of events in collaborations is like this:

  • Initial contact is made about the project in question
  • We discuss the project - its vision and goals
  • if this is something I want to work on
    • Come up with terms for collaboration
  • else
    • Part ways with some feedback and learnings
  • Come up with a plan for the project
  • Iterate * n
  • Launch

Collaboration guidelines

These are a collection of guidelines I use to help determine whether or not a collaboration makes sense to invest in and how I expect collaborations to work.

  1. Open to any and all projects. I’m open to hearing out any and all projects. I understand that I’ll never know of all possibilities or even all the things I’d like to work on so I like to keep an open mind on the kinds of projects I entertain.

  2. Only build synergistic projects. At the same time there are a finite number of hours at my disposal. So I’ll ruthlessly prioritize those projects that best align with my goals and interests. So bring all of your projects, just know I’m very selective when it comes to investing.

  3. Iterate together. I know that I don’t know everything. One of the reasons I love collaborating is it forces me out of my head and into a shared headspace with others. This challenges each of us to try on new perspectives and usually leads to better outcomes. So we’ll do a lot of iteration and we’ll do those iterations together.

Start a collaboration

Want to collaborate? Connect with me and tell me about your project and goals.

Let’s get building.