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Meet our Creator of the Month - frida_walstrom !

By Pauline Gaudillat on March 31, 2020 12:00 Featured Authors 0

Dear community,

We are happy to introduce you to a creator that has joined us less than a year ago: frida_walstrom. Give her a warm welcome! This Swedish soul loves solving problems, and she likes to put her talent to good use: as she likes to say, "Creativity is always the solution"! Let's read more about her and get inspired!

Tell us a bit more about yourself…
I’m Frida, a self taught content creator and copywriter (in Swedish, so don’t judge my grammar mistakes here please!). I run two small agencies: Pepp o’clock https://www.peppoclock.com/ and iver http://iver.nu/

I live in Stockholm, Sweden, with my husband and our cute rescue dog Millie – a lurcher from Ireland. I work as a freelancer, mostly with social media content but also SEO writing, regular copywriting and creative campaigns when I get a chance. I’ve worked with huge companies and small start ups, I’ve worked with everything from wine to baby food. My strength is creativity.

How did you find out about eyeka?
Through Google. I think the search term was “creative contests” or something like that. I love contests!

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?
I brainstorm and write down all of my ideas. Then I try to see which ideas are not out of the box enough and throw those away and focus on tweaking the ones that are left. I usually try different styles of design for the various ideas. My goal is to submit at least two ideas for every contest I enter.

When submitting an entry, how do you keep positive if it is rejected or not selected as a winning entry?
I don’t, LOL! As a creative person (and a competitive person) I think it’s impossible to be positive all the time, especially when you put your heart and soul into something, and you get a rejection in return. HOWEVER, I only allow myself to be disappointed for a day or so. Then I look through all the winning entries and try to learn from them. And get on with the next challenge.

You joined eyeka on July 2019, so less than a year ago. In September, you won 4 prizes: how does it feel?
It feels amazing of course. When working alone from home, you don’t get much validation on what you do. The prize money is really helpful, but the validation is almost more important. My first two “wins” were rewards, so not a lot of money involved, but it helped me get the motivation to continue on. And then bigger prizes came along!

What would you like to achieve (or have already achieved) with the prizes you will win/have won?
Renting a cabin somewhere in the woods and go there to finish the novel I’m writing.

If you had to describe eyeka in 3 words, what would they be?
Creative, rewarding, exciting.

Finally, is there anything you would like to share with our creators (secret, tip…)?
Try to learn something new with every submitted idea. It can be small (“how do I create vertical text in Photoshop?) or something big (a new software). Even if you don’t win, you’ll have knowledge that will help you in your career and future contests.

Thank you so much Frida!

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Meet our Creator of the Month - joaogeada!

By Pauline Gaudillat on February 04, 2020 12:00 Featured Authors 0

Hi everyone!

We are glad to present our Creator of the Month of February: joaogeada! This creative Portuguese mind is a great example of what a hedonist person is. He likes to create his own mantras, but here is his favorite formula as a proof: 'Enjoy life. What really matters will come to you.’

Tell us a bit more about yourself.

I was born in Lisbon, Portugal but I also have the Angolan nationality and I consider myself much more African than European, because I am a bit chaotic.

I have 5 children from my first marriage and my new wife, the love of my life, have 3, so most of all I’m a full time dad. I also studied Design and I’ve been a creative director in major ad companies for more than 3 decades until i’ve got tired of it and i’ve become a teacher, a writer and a freelancer with just a couple of clients.

Most of all i love living in the country, drinking beer and wine with my loved ones, and responding to the occasional Eyeka brief ;)

How did you find out about eyeka?

I think it was a friend that told me about it.

Over 3 months, you won 4 prizes: that’s awesome! How can you explain those wins? Is it about the topics, the kind of challenge, or maybe just about the inspiration that come right before Christmas break? 

It’s all about the inspiration. But as Picasso use to say ‘when inspiration comes, it’s better to find you working.’

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?

We all have a common process that James Webb Young, a famous copywriter from the sixties explained in his book ‘A technique for producing ideas’. But i guess that 30 years in advertising and design trained me in it.

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

I use to get a bit angry when i loose, but since i’ve been living haply in the country, i just drink a cold one and go on with it :)

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

Well, the money off course. Joking, mainly the feel that i still can do it.

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

Community, Creativity, Globality

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

Keep working. It will happen.

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Thank you so much Joao!

 

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Meet our Creator of the Month - nsillustration!

By Pauline Gaudillat on January 07, 2020 10:07 Featured Authors 1

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!

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Meet our Creator of the Month - anaisbenchetrit!

By Pauline Gaudillat on December 03, 2019 00:00 Featured Authors 0

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! :)

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Meet our creator of the month - tania_huiny

By Pauline Gaudillat on November 05, 2019 11:37 Featured Authors 0

This month, we are happy to bring to light a new, but dear, creator named tania_huiny. This creative soul from Indonesian joined eyeka in April 2019, and she has already won 5 prizes. When we asked her about her favorite mantra, she said: ""Strive and strive to the max! and "Keep on Jiayou (add oil) - (real meaning: keep the spirit up!) -  if what the local here says ;)" Let's know more about her!

Tell us a bit more about yourself …

I'm an Indonesian, decided to pack my bag 6 years ago and come to China alone. Have been staying here in Beijing for almost 3 years, keep on striving to create an impactful works here, trying to be the next 'Jack Ma' (Note: Founder of Alibaba), no matter how difficult all the circumstances are here.

I have worked in advertising agencies for more than 15 years.  Having been staying in 3 major cities, Jakarta, Shanghai & Beijing for these past years of have definitely shaped me in many ways in terms of thinking ideas culturally and globally, despite all the boundaries that I've encountered in my creative professional life.

How did you find out about eyeka?

Somehow, I don't quite remember how I encountered Eyeka in the very beginning. Yet, I'm very grateful that I've did and really wish I found Eyeka much much earlier. Yet, better late than never, I guess.

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?

Honestly, I don't really have a specific creative process. Somehow, a big passion to create something new, different and can give bigger impact to the society, has been my biggest drive. I love how Eyeka write their brief and I do believe the importance of having a good brief, in result of having good creative ideas. The excitement of reading a good brief, afterwards doing bit of research here and there, sleep on it for a while, then read the brief again 1-2 times afterwards just sit on it, try to find meaning of each words in the brief, and explore the ideas, through many sorts of ways: strolling around my neighborhood, window shopping, hanging out with friends, reading some random articles. Then go back again to the brief, and somehow naturally from the insights that I've got from doing all these daily activities can connect to the brief itself.

Haha.. sounds random. But, the point is I believe start with a great passion to do it, and really dedicate specific time and thoughts into it.

You seem particularly comfortable with product innovation challenges. Where does that come from?

Somehow I didn't realize this is coming actually, as my day to day professional activities for this past 15 years has been doing more to integrated advertising campaign for clients, but though aside from that I have a great passion in doing my own initiative ideas that beyond the normal client's brief. As this coming years, having a deep interest in reading about startups and digital innovations, I guess have made me interested in combining creativity into product and service innovations.

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

Humanly, I always get disappointed when my submissions got rejected, especially if the ideas that I really believe in and have spent much time on, were being killed by the moderator in the very beginning. Though usually moderator always say it nicely : "need improvement" and yet afterwards it got killed, which just happened to one of the brief before. Usually I keep on striving more and more, as I like challenges. I don't easily take rejection and let it go. "Strive until it last" has been my motto, i guess, even until the very last minute of the submission deadline ;)

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

I have a big dream with Eyeka, actually. Maybe sounds crazy, but I do wish to have an early retirement and just focus on doing Eyeka's briefs and my personal creative passions to support my life and some part to send back home for my family.

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

Exciting, Challenging, Addictive

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

Not really a secret tip, but basically if you have the passion in doing it and really focus on it, I believe we can achieve what we want. Sounds cliche, maybe, but somehow it's true, at least for me.

Thank you very much Tania!

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