To close the year 2019 in the best possible way, we are pleased to introduce Anais Benchetrit as our Creator of the Month of December. This French creative soul joined eyeka in March this year and she already showed us how talented she is. It looks like she is a very positive person: "In every life we have some trouble, but when you worry you make it double" is her mantra... So let's know more about her!

Tell us a bit more about yourself (what have you done/worked/studied, where do you live, what do you like most about your country/city, what characterizes you the most and anything you feel comfortable sharing) …
I’m from Paris, left when I was 17 to study in London for 4 years and now, I’m back! I studied Materials Sciences and Design at university and I’m still studying but I kind of switch from a physical to a digital world. I’m currently studying Digital Innovation and its whole ecosystem to try to find my way in it. Despite the diversity of the projects I take part in, I’m always trying to implement a strong environmental and social impact.

How did you find out about eyeka?
Online surfing around design contest platforms. 

You joined eyeka earlier this year, and you’ve already won 2 prizes and 1 reward, awesome! How does it feel?
Actually, I was really surprised the first time and I still am each time. I’m not teaching you anything by saying that when you have an idea, thousands of people in the world probably think about the same thing at the same time. Winning those prices made me feel that my ideas stood out and it feels nice!

Do you have a creative process? If so, can you share a bit of your secret with our community? Where do you look for inspiration?
First of all, I don’t participate to all contests, I try to focus on the one that inspire me. I start with a long ideation process where I just sit with a paper and pen and I sketch things, ideas, concepts, sometimes completely nonsense. Then I ask people around me what would they do if they had to make something for the brief and I make sure I don’t do them haha. It’s not that I think their ideas are bad ideas, it’s just that usually those spontaneous ideas are similar to a lot of people. Actually, a lot of those ideas are the ones I thought about in the first place, they belong to a common social imaginary. Then I choose 2 or 3 concepts, think about how to implement them and what value they promote to finally choose one and develop it fully. 

When submitting an entry, how do you keep positive if it is rejected or not selected as a winning entry?
Of course, I don’t feel like it’s problematic at all even though I’m really curious to know about the concept that won. That’s what I like about the contributors' club, sometimes I browse concepts and say to myself “That is genius”.

What would you like to achieve (or have already achieved) with the prizes you will win/have won?
I’m not too sure yet. Probably save a part of it for the project I’m currently working on! It’s a secret..

If you had to describe eyeka in 3 words, what would they be?
Fun, Inventive, Stimulating

Finally, is there anything you would like to share with our creators (secret, tip…)?
I don't think I'm legitimate to give any advice yet but keep enjoying making :)

Thank you Anais! It's a pleasure to know more about you. Wish you all the best in your eyeka journey! :)