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This Is Central Station

Creative Services Social Network


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Published 09/08/2010 and rated Ratingstars2 2 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Central Station is a community for creative talent. Users can host a portfolio, make connections, post events, and broaden their experience. Users can browse through the members’ portfolios to commission jobs and track talent.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Central Station was developed by digital studio ISO and funded by 4IP, the Scottish Arts Council, and the Scottish Screen. There is no traffic information available for the site as it seems to be relatively new.

What are the differences to other apps?

The site is based in Glasgow, but is open globally. There are no restrictions on joining and it appears that many amateur artists have submitted content. The community forum is sparsely populated.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Members’ home pages include links to media, comments, video, audio, photos, blog, and more. The media section is a collection of the latest video, images, audio, and blog posts. Comments may be posted in response to the media.

Uploads are easy and intuitive. Blogging uploads may be written, audio, or video. Audio and video have a “live” option as well. The portfolios are somewhat cluttered looking and some of the work appears more amateur than on similar sites.

Various groups are available for similarly creative professionals to connect. A message board is offered for general discussion, collections, opportunities, and jobs.

In general, Central Station is not very intuitive to navigate. Some of the pages are so cluttered it is difficult to figure out where to begin and what is being offered.

How does the registration process work?

Registration requires a full name, username, email address, password, date of birth, type of art (art, design, film, other), and location.

What does it cost to use the application?

Central Stations is completely free to use.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Amateur artists looking for online exposure may choose to use Central Station, but all options should be considered before choosing this particular application. Those seeking talent may have to wade through many portfolios to find what they are looking for here.

  • Free to use
  • Easy registration
  • Multiple blogging tools
  • Individual portfolios
  • Listings of events
  • Opportunities and job listings


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