Let's start 2020 with the amazing creator Bogdan Kurjakov, under the eyeka name nsillustration, who joined eyeka less than a year ago and who has already won 6 prizes.. how impressive! When we asked him about a mantra he likes to follow, he said: "harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes great things decay". Even though this quote is not related to design, it remains very inspiring. Let's read more about this beautiful creative soul!

Tell us a bit more about yourself

I am master of landscape architecture, which should be very nice and creative job, but the fact is it is not the best profession in a country with a weak economy. This made me searching for some creative alternatives with more job opportunities and that is how I made my first steps in graphic design. From that point, a lot of work, ups and downs and sleepless nights made me a graphic designer as I am today.  In my free time I am a bowling player (European bowling), folklore dancer (Serbian traditional dance), and tea enthusiast. I am from beautiful multicultural city Novi Sad, the second largest city in Serbia.

How did you find out about eyeka?

A friend, who is also a member on eyeka (Bojan Kocis), told me about a great website where big companies organize contests, searching for new creative ideas. I gave it a shot and it turned out to be great. Definitely different and more challenging compared to what I did before.

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?

Well, my recipe involves reading a brief many times, search and read about the topic and returning to a brief in different phases of creative process. This is important because it keeps me on the right track but also pushes me to be as creative and innovative as possible. For me inspiration can be at anytime and  everywhere, it is all about observing and analysing things everyday, and eventually it will strike at the right moment (obviously, a contest would be the best one LOL).

You’ve joined eyeka earlier this year, and you already won 6 prizes. How does it feel?

To be honest, that part is the best! But it is not just the prize, it is more about that moment when you realize that big companies think that your idea is one of the best and it may appear tomorrow on the market.

When submitting an entry, how do you keep positive if it is rejected or not selected as a winning entry?

It is important to accept that as a normal part of the contest. What helps me to get through these moments is switching focus and energy on another contest.

What would you like to achieve (or have already achieved) with the prizes you will win/have won?

Spending goes very easy, but in general, achieving financial stability is the main goal.

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

Different, opportunity, challenging

Finally, is there anything you would like to share with our creators (secret, tip…)?

Just one simple but from my experience very important tip: When you think you thought it through enough, do it again!

Thank you very much Bogdan!