It’s International Dot Day today. The name comes from Peter H. Reynolds’ inspirational picture book The Dot, about a caring teacher who helps a doubting student make her mark on the world – beginning with a small dot on a piece of paper.
International Dot Day promises to be a “global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration”, so if you’ve been thinking about getting creative and collaborating with others, today’s the day to make your mark.
If you’ve got a song in your head, a story to tell or another creative idea, here are some great apps to help you hook up with someone willing to help.
Watch your song grow
Songtree (iOS, Android) lets you record, share and grow your music with others. And you can do this on your mobile device, whenever inspiration hits.
It’s all pretty straightforward. If you come up with even a rough idea for a song, you can record a basic track using the app’s audio editor, and then offer it up for collaboration.
If anyone’s interested, they can add to your track, which creates a new branch of your Songtree. Then someone else can pay your tree a visit, check out your branches and add their own parts. Pretty soon you could have a whole range of additions to your initial track – maybe even a complete song in there somewhere.
Social story writing
If you’re a budding J.K. Rowling or George R. R. Martin, Inkvite (iOS) could be just what you need to tell your story. It’s a fantastic app that gives you the opportunity of collaborating with other writers out there.
You simply sign in, choose a genre and length of story, and invite up to four co-writers (friends or strangers, it’s up to you) to get involved.
When you’ve completed a story you’ll be able to publish it on the Inkvite library, get instant feedback, and hopefully gain a loyal fanbase.
Make beautiful videos together
Vyclone (iOS, Android, Windows Phone) is a social video tool that can connect you with others filming at the same time and location. So when you and your friends are shooting video clips at the same party, you’ll be able to use Vyclone to create impressive looking multi-angle videos of the event.
Vyclone does all the hard work for you. All you need to do is film a video clip using the app, then upload it and wait for Vyclone to stitch you and your friends’ videos together. If you’re a fussy Kubrick type, you can then do some post-production editing with a simple tap of the remix button.
Draw with your friends
NetSketch (iOS) is a drawing app where you can collaborate with friends to create sketches and pieces of online art, all in real time.
NetSketch gives you a full spectrum of colours and brush sizes to choose from, and you can also quickly zoom in to add intricate detail to your work. When your drawing’s at the stage where you’d like others to collaborate, you can upload it to NetSketch with a simple tap.
When your work of art is complete, you’ll then be able to add it to your online gallery full of your finest pieces.
Have you used any other apps to collaborate creatively with friends or strangers? Did you manage to come up with a banging tune, suspense-filled story or funky piece of art you were proud of? Let us know by commenting below.