Blipfoto founder appointed director at Creative Edinburgh

THE membership body for ‘creatives’ in Edinburgh – Creative Edinburgh – has appointed the founder of an online photo-sharing service as a director, along with the head of campaigns at Edinburgh Napier University.

Joe Tree is founder and CEO of blipfoto, which invites people to upload one photo per day, as a record of their life. He was named a director, along with Teri Wishart, head of campaigns at Napier. In July, Creative Edinburgh named former Johnston Press (Scotland) managing director, Michael Johnston, as a director.

The organisation is chaired by blogger, Mark Gorman.

Just over a fortnight ago, Tree was among five winners at the second, annual Creative Edinburgh Awards, taking the Promote prize.

The prizes were as follows:

* Unite – Edinburgh International Science Festival / Mini Makers Faire
over. Says Creative Edinburgh: “Three thousand people attended Scotland’s first ever Mini Maker Faire in Edinburgh with 150 makers participating in the event that highlights and unites the maker community.”

* Innovate – Edinburgh International Film Festival / Film Fest Miles. Says Creative Edinburgh: “EIFF is committed to showcasing the best in international filmmaking, the perennial problem is encouraging audiences to embrace niche features. In response, EIFF conceived the idea of Film Fest Miles, a feature app in the EIFF website to drive engagement with foreign films and introduce gamification. As a result, in 2013, EIFF saw an unprecedented increase in attendances for that genre, 44 per cent up on 2012.”

* Growth – Location Scotland
. Says Creative Edinburgh: “Founded in 2006, Location Scotland provide location management and full production for stills, moving image and TV adverts. From humble beginnings with one part-time employee, one desk and an empty location database, the company has grown steadily over the past two years, playing a significant role in establishing Scotland as a desirable location for international clients.”

* Promote – Blipfoto. Says Creative Edinburgh: “Blipfoto, the online photo journal which allows people to tell their stories, through pictures, one day at a time. Their reach is growing at 15 per cent each month, the site now delivers over 18 million page views a month, with tens of thousands of contributors, in over 170 countries worldwide.”

* Best New Creative Start-Up 2013 – Make Works
. Says Creative Edinburgh: “Make Works was set up a year ago, they facilitate, celebrate and debate making, manufacture and materials; connecting design with local industry. This Summer, Make Works went on a three-month tour of Scotland to visit 180 factories, foundries, workshops and studios in 90 days. They are currently building a digital dating service for artists and designers to find makers, manufacturers and material suppliers across the country.”