from a creative domain to the creative public
There are a growing number of domain names used in creative ways that
leverage the true power of the Internet. There is not a better
illustration of this point than Jason Vaughn, an individual who turned his
creative talent and passion for teaching web design at a community college
into a successful Internet-based guide for graphic designers going into
business for themselves.
Jason Vaughn, founder of CreativePublic.com, envisioned a web
destination where graphic designers around the world could find
information, services and products to support their business needs. Vaughn
knew that securing a concise, creative domain name on the Internet would
ensure that his vision would become a reality. Today, CreativePublic.com
-- which originally was a resource for his college students only -- is now
one of the top resources for graphic designers all over the world!
The founder credits much of this success to the unique identification
of his creative domain name. Because of this domain name and web site,
Vaughn is able to share his knowledge with graphic designers 24 hours a
day 7 days a week. Since registering and launching CreativePublic.com,
Jason has been able to fund his children's college education, meet
like-minded people from places like
I recently spoke with Jason about his new domain venture. This is what
he had to say:
Shaun Cronrath: Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Jason Vaughn: I have over 10 years experience in the graphic design
industry including print, TV, animation and the Internet. During that
time, I've owned a graphic design firm, taught web design at a community
college, and co-founded Internet startups. Some of my clients include Blue
Cross, NBA, NFL, NHL, Energas, and Aramark. I'm also currently an online
instructor for sessions.edu, which is the first accredited online school
Shaun Cronrath: Can you tell us about your domain?
Jason Vaughn: CreativePublic.com has been something I have wanted to do
for quite some time. It first started out as a resource for my students
that I was teaching at a community college in the
Shaun Cronrath: How did you think of this idea?
Jason Vaughn: The idea has been there since I first started my ad
agency back many years ago. Many people have come to me, asking me how I
got started and what it took to get going in business. I wanted to create
a site based on what I did with my business. The idea did not become a
reality until I got the opportunity to teach Web design at a community
college 2 years ago.
Shaun Cronrath: When did you realize that sharing your passion via
creativepublic.com could turn into something successful?
Jason Vaughn: I realized that my passion for CreativePublic.com would
turn into something successful when I got my first sale. I figured if one
person bought my product, there should be more designers out that would do
the same. Another really big deal was when CreativePublic.com was featured
on HOWDesign.com (HOW magazine), a leader in the graphic design
publication industry. That was when I knew, for a fact, that the site had
value and was on its way to being successful. Since then,
CreativePublic.com has become one of the top resources for graphic
Shaun Cronrath: How has your life changed since you registered and
launched your domain?
Jason Vaughn: I feel more connected to the graphic design world, even
though I sit behind a computer all day. I feel more a part of a bigger
community. CreativePublic.com has not only become a community for
designers, but has given me the opportunity to meet so many great people.
I get to talk to people across the world and make great friends in places
Shaun Cronrath: How has other peoples lives been effected since you
registered and launched your domain?
Jason Vaughn: The feedback I get from my visitors and members is great.
Everyone is always complimenting me and thanking me for coming up with
such a great resource for designers. It has helped many designers to get
their business started or obtain information and forms that they could use
for their business operations.
Shaun Cronrath: Can you share with us any obstacles you overcame while
Jason Vaughn: Finding a domain was hard, almost everything was taken,
but with a little imagination I was able to conger up a name. I tried
several names, but one tool that helped out were those that listed
alternate domain names I could choose from. After several days of
research, I decided on a name based on my concept. I was really surprised
that the name was available. The domain was chosen to pertain to creative
people of all types, not just graphic designers. The site is mostly for
designers, however it has much to offer for other creative individuals.
Shaun Cronrath: As a successful domain name owner, do have any words of
advice for others who aspire to use a domain name as a vehicle to share
their creative talents and ideas?
Jason Vaughn: If you have an idea, the only way to see if it will work,
is to put it into action. If you just sit around dreaming about it, it
will never ever happen.