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© 2010, John T Unger
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Ever since I saw the first Common Craft video RSS in Plain English, I've been a huge fan of their work. The brilliance of Common Craft videos is that they explain complicated ideas in simple terms, usually in 3 minutes or less.
Explanation is often difficult for artists— whether talking about a single work, a collection, or even in terms of creating work that speaks clearly to the audience— So I wanted to get Lee LeFever's advice on how he and his wife Sachi find the simplest explanations for complex ideas. We also talked about how Common Craft videos are made, the scripting process, how a two person company scales (or doesn't) and the choices Lee and Sachi have made to intentionally remain small while growing their audience and their reach.
Lee LeFever is the founder and creative force behind Common Craft, which is known for their series of short animated in Plain English video explanations. Common Craft videos have been viewed over 25 million times and their unique whiteboard and paper cut-out format is recognized around the world. Since 2007 Common Craft has worked with companies like LEGO, Visa, Google and Intel and also licensed their own productions to Fortune 500 companies and educators in over 40 countries. Lee lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife and business partner Sachi.
Learn More about Lee LeFever and Common Craft
- Visit Common Craft and see their videos: Commoncraft.com
- Connect with Common Craft on Facebook.
- Follow Common Craft on Twitter.
- Follow Lee on Twitter.
- Follow Sachi on Twitter.
- Common Craft Blog: Erring on the Side of Happiness
- Common Craft Blog: Back Into the Custom Video Business
Show Highlights: Excerpts From the Conversation
Once the transcription is completed I'll include some of the best portions here.