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.Show more screenshots »
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.
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.
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.
Registration requires a full name, username, email address, password, date of birth, type of art (art, design, film, other), and location.
Central Stations is completely free to use.
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.