Dave Seah and the Search for Creative Independence

POSTED Mon Aug.23.2010

"Website Mission"

Welcome to my website! I’m a freelance designer/developer/neophyte product maker that writes extensively about the nature of creative productivity in the face of uncertainty. I’m particularly interested in interactive software, high-quality stationery/accessories, productivity tools, and personal devices/gadgets.

I practice a “creative cycle” of exploring, learning, building and sharing. The byproducts of this cycle—design, code, documentation—do a good job of attracting new opportunities. However, my goal is not to build a freelance practice. My goal is, instead, is to develop creative independence:

  1. To be my own boss: mastering process, making money directly from work I produce under my own name.
  2. To have the time, freedom, and money to operate my business without anxiety.
  3. To act according to my values as a human being, friend, and maker in the pursuit of mastery and success.
  4. To live according to my values with a community of like-minded self-empowered, positive-minded, conscientious and competent people.
  5. To be respectful and mindful of others, while not being swayed from my path by their expectations.
  6. To document the process so the path can be followed by others.

I don’t have all the answers, but I’m working on them. You’ll find a LOT of writing on the subject—over a million words, in fact—here on davidseah.com. While the topics may seem random, they all relate to my goal of creating work imbued with meaning and delight, rolled into an affordable package that people find deeply satisfying and enjoyable. Everything is connected!

You can contact me via my Facebook Page, Twitter, or by contact form. If you live in the Greater Boston / Southern New Hampshire area, shoot me an email and let’s get together to compare notes.


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Dave Seah writes about productivity and creativity in the context of achieving “creative independence”: a combination of entrepreneurial spirit, artistic freedom, and financial self-sufficiency. He strongly believes that everyone has the ability to pursue their dreams, and shares his experiences so that others on the same journey might save themselves some time. Dave also provides free downloadable productivity-related PDFs such as the popular “Emergent Task Planner” (ETP), a form that allows users to “plan their day as it happens”. Dave’s background is in interactive design and video game production; he is currently developing original products based on his past 7 years of writing, documenting the entire process on davidseah.com.