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Meet Panos! One of our best creators!

By mirayafi on April 03, 2018 00:00 Featured Authors 0

Hello eyeka!

Creativity is not a talent, it’s a way of operating. We all have an inner wild mind so don’t tame it, express yourself and let all your creativity show! This month, we’re featuring one of our best creators giannopoulos_panos . Scroll down to find out his story!

Tell us a bit more about yourself 

Hello everybody, my name is Panos and I live in Athens Greece. I studied Mechanical Engineering in my home country Greece and then I did my Master’s degree in the UK , in Mechanical Engineering again.

Currently I work as a Product Design Engineer in a Multinational company that is focused on consumer goods.

I am infatuated by the process of creating something out of nothing that’s why I enjoy painting and sketching amongst other things.

I love to travel, experience new cultures and meet different people. I consider myself as a very creative person and I get inspired by so many things I see around me.

I am a self-taught Photoshop user that has never studied graphic arts of any sort :) although because of my work as a Product Design Engineer I collaborate with Industrial designers and Marketeers on a daily basis so I am very exposed to such influences.

eYeka provided me with another channel to express my many thoughts and ideas so eYeka thank you for that.

 

How did you find out about eYeka?

First time I heard about crowdsourcing I googled it and amongst the results, I stumbled upon eYeka. I checked the site out and that was it. My eYeka journey begun. I joined at the end of 2016 but I really got involved in 2017.I didn’t believe that I could actually make some money out of this but after a year and 11 wins I guess I don’t have any second thoughts anymore .

 

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?

Most of the times ideas just pop into my head once I read a Brief. I do a screening on the web just to make sure that something similar does not exist and then I move on to the idea realization.

So, I guess the answer is that I don’t have a specific process.

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

Ha ha ha, I don’t… I get very frustrated most of the times especially when I believe that an idea/concept that I had was really great.

Well I guess that it’s good thing that eYeka has many active contents most of the time, so I forget the past quickly and I move on towards new idea explorations.

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

I like to travel a lot, so prizes help. I also invested some money on a Wacom Digitizer that I don't know how to fully use yet :) But I guess I will eventually. 

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

If I had to describe eYeka in 3 words, that would be: creation, opportunity, self-validation

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

Hmmm…I guess don’t give up if you don’t win straight away. Just keep on trying. There is a ‘’learning period’’ that helps you understand how to communicate your  ideas better or how to be more precise and effective when you want to get a message through. Just keep on trying.

Thank you Panos! We’re more than excited to see what you can come up with in our next challenges!

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Meet our talented creator of the month Akshay!

By mirayafi on March 06, 2018 07:00 Featured Authors 0

Hello creators!

Brené Brown once said “Without failure, there’s no innovation & creativity”, that’s why you should never give up and when you fail, always get back up and try again!

This month we would like to introduce to you our talented creator of the month akshaykoranne

 

Tell us a bit more about yourself 

Hello All,

My Name is Akshay Koranne. I have Lived in Different cities of India and experienced different cultures throughout the early age of 10th Grade, I got my inclination towards Creative side. Drawing plans, model making and fascination towards automobile/product sketching were my first steps towards Design world. It was more than a decade ago when I realized that this creativity can bring a huge change and will be my future.

Being from a very small town from India I was never exposed to any Good design school. The urge to study design, brought me to metro city and I further did my Masters in National institute of Design (NID) India.

I Had chosen Retail Design as my career further.
And here I am working as a Retail/product designer today. Now, it’s Been more than a decade since I've indulged in Design field and this has evolved me much more than I had thought of..Today I feel good about the fact that I'm living the part of dream which I saw long back and associated with design profession which always teaches you something different.

Apart from the Design life, I love to sing and Cooking is also another interest of mine. I always feel that life shouldn't be monotonous as because learning and doing new things always makes you a Dynamic person. "Being learned is always better then studied"

 

How did you find out about eYeka?

I got this Exposure from my Friend who is already on Eyeka as a Creator. Today It’s Been just a year since I knew about Eyeka, and I am very Pleased to know about such platforms which allows Global talents to show the potential and make Design Fraternity to Grow More and explore more.

 

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?

Design process has various approaches according to me, sometimes it clicks in seconds sometimes it needs a deep routed analysis to reach to a sensible Design. I still follow a traditional method of reaching to a concept that involves brainstorming sessions, instant doodling, then comes the stage where I search on the net to find whether there are similar solutions or not, trust me this exercise always aware me to not copy anybody's design and stay original. 

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

I guess you should always keep your Mind free whenever you start the design process, winning or losing should be secondary and you should never think of rejection. Moreover, for me Rejection of anything gives me a more stronger urge to make a better Design and refine it further. On the parallel one should be confident about his/her creation which definitely Leads to a hope to win it.

 

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

I have spent my Rewards on Holidays as I feel one always requires a Break!! From your regular Routine, the moment you go for an outing it makes your mind Relieved and it works like a F5 key for you to start on a Fresh note.

 

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

Global Opportunity / Creative Platform / Encouragement

 

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

Folks...Just try to be Original and focus to what an End user will Need.

If you are stuck just take a Reliever and start New…I am sure you can reach the Threshold where you find a Sense in Your Design.

 

A Big Thanks to Eyeka for Covering me!  

To find out more about Akshay’s work, click below:

  https://www.behance.net/koranne

  http://www.coroflot.com/akshaykoranne

  http://akshay62.wixsite.com/designworks

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Meet Bogdan! Our creator of the month of February!

By mirayafi on February 06, 2018 07:01 Featured Authors 0

Hello everyone!

Anne Bradstreet once said "If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant."

February is here so let’s make the best out of it! Grab some hot chocolate and read this article about our talented creator of the month Bogdan!

Can you tell us a bit more about yourself?

Hello everybody. My name is Bogdan Novakovic I live and work in my home town Belgrade where I studied graphic design and illustration at Faculty of Applied Arts. After my graduation I worked in a number of design studios and advertising agencies like McCann Erickson Belgrade where I worked as a designer on many rebrands and advertising campaigns for big brands such as Coca-Cola, Carlsberg, Tuborg, Schweppes, Delhaize, Raiffeisen bank, Halk bank, MTS Telecom, Zepter International, etc.
These experiences gave me the courage to start my design agency and get some free time to go back
to University of Art where I’m currently doing my PhD in Digital Arts. My research is about Virtual and Augmented reality which totally thrills me how it will impact creative industry. I also work with my longtime friend and colleague designer Damjan Jovancic who studied product design in Politecnico di Milano because I see team work as a great way to expand concepts and ideas. I'm also often traveling to Milan, Italy because some of our clients and friends are living there.

 

How did you find out about eYeka?


We found out about eYeka trough the site Contest Watchers.
We joined and created a profile with my name to see how it looks and decided to participate in a Unilever Nexxus Packaging Redesign contest which looked very interesting because it is a mix of graphic and industrial design fields where we have a lot of experience. A month later we received an email from eYeka congratulating us that we won the first place! We were thrilled! Our first contest on this new website that we discovered recently and we won the first prize!! And now we are doing an interview for the designer of the month! Really incredible experience!

 

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?

When we select a contest that interest us we first do a little research about the brand or product that need to be designed. We find inspiration in many different things, by following other artists in various creative fields such as cinema, modern art culture, music, architecture, technology etc. In our creative process we find it very helpful to use apps such as Pinterest for creating mood boards for the project. As we are on a relation Belgrade-Milan and we are often in different cities we use these modern tools to keep track of each other’s ideation process. We especially like using RealtimeBoard app because we can simultaneously draw and share ideas in real time on a virtual board. We try not to take ourselves very seriously and often find inspiration while joking and drinking a LOT of coffee!

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

It still hasn’t happened on eYeka but we know that eventually it will because we worked on many projects especially when you work for many different brands and each one has a style and design language of its own. We know that in creative field of work rejection happens a lot and it can be a positive thing because it is also a learning process.

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

Hmm.. We have not yet figured out what exactly we will do with the prize money we won.
We'll probably buy some equipment for the studio. New Virtual reality gear or 3d printer but we are surely determined to participate this year in as many excellent competitions as possible on eYeka.
So ask us again at the end of the year when we won more contests!

How would you describe eYeka?

Very diverse! Every month there are so many different contests for big brands and every contest is like a real pitch in an advertising agency! Very professional and clear briefs! Endless possibilities! Great community to meet and see work of other creators from around the world.

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

Our secret is work hard but always have fun! We are working in creative industries so ideas come best when you are relaxed and having fun! Read, watch and listen everything can be an inspiration. We are living in a very interesting and dynamic era for creatives where technology is also of great importance!

 

Thank you very much Bogdan! We're very excited to see what you’re going to come up with next!

 

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Creator of the Month of January: Vohary_Soa

By mirayafi on January 10, 2018 09:34 Featured Authors 0

Hey eYeka!

Henri Matisse once said: “Creativity takes courage” and what we love about our community is the courageous bold ideas we get every single day by you! Today, we would like to introduce to you our creator of the month Vohary who’s only been on eYeka since December 2017! 

Tell us a bit more about yourself

Hello! My name is Vohary but people know me as Sawyer, I’m 24 years old. I’m an artist based in Madagascar which is an island in the Indian ocean. I live in the capital, Antananarivo, a very crowded place like all cities I think. At University, I studied English literature and arts, then I studied featured documentary during a short period but the program had to stop because of political issues. I worked first as an art teacher in primary school but I had always been a freelance illustrator at the same time. I like reading, watching movies and everything about Harry Potter. My dream is to become a full-time creative artist, doing illustrations and working on some amazing projects, but the reality does not allow it yet. In fact, Madagascar is a poor country which makes everything more complicated when you want to be an independent creator. I had to learn through the years to survive while keeping both my creativity and my dreams alive! I keep focusing on the good sides of my life and what inspire me, such as Harry Potter’s universe, nature, meeting people and their cultures. Actually, I work as a video maker but I’ve got a book project that I’d like to accomplish. I still want to have my own studio and work for my own business.

 

How did you find out about eYeka?

It’s funny because I found eYeka when I was thinking about all these plans and I wanted to find a way to fund my projects. I came from work that night, I was tired and I just typed “works for illustrators” on Google, then I discovered eYeka which was on the first line. It was the first time I heard about it, and I told myself “why not”. In addition, I was motivated by the fact that that there’s more humanity behind it, which is not the case in most of the creative platforms I’ve been in. Then I found out a cute contest which fitted to my personality and I did it.

 

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?

The first thing I do when I want to create is waiting. I don’t like forcing myself and making something that I’m going to hate after. So I go out doing things I like, or I go on the Internet and watch my favorite artists’ pages/blogs/channels, just to encourage myself by saying “if they can, I can”. When my motivation comes, I sketch my ideas first before concretely realizing them. The thing is that you have to be productive while not putting pressure on yourself. Whenever you can, whenever you have the strength, keep sketching your ideas!

 

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

Well, this is very difficult. Since I’ve been rejected many times before eYeka, I guess I got used to deception. Nevertheless, all these experiences taught me to make things with love and not expecting too much, if it’s Ok then I’m happy, if not I just let it go and try again the day after. When you are a creative person, you should not focus on the negativity, just do what you love doing the most and create! Whenever I submit an entry, I just wish it a good luck, then I think about a new project. And that’s how I keep a positive mind.

 

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

If I win a contest, I would like to buy materials first. Actually, I’m using my office computer (which belongs to the company) and a small Wacom Intuos tablet. But I told myself that I’d invest in materials if I get the chance to have enough money one day. So firstly, I’d buy a MacBook pro and a Cintiq graphic tablet. I’d like to develop my studio as well and to buy some storage cabinets for my art supplies.

 

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

If I had to describe eYeka in 3 words, that would be: humanity, big and hope.

 

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

I just want to tell you guys that life is short, do what you love and don’t be discouraged. I know you are working so hard in order to achieve your goals, your dreams, you deserve to be happy so treat yourself right and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. I never thought I’d have to say that to lots of people around the World one day! I used to be invisible in my poor country, but here I am :)

Thank you eYeka for this amazing experiment!

 

Thank you Vohary! We can’t wait to see your future creations!

 

You can find more of Vohary's work on:

https://sawyercloud.blogspot.com/
https://www.patreon.com/SawyerCloud
https://www.facebook.com/SawyerRALAI/
https://www.instagram.com/sawyer_cloud/ 

 

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Happy December - Meet Giulia, our Creator of the Month!

By Natasha Miller on December 05, 2017 07:00 Featured Authors 0

Hey eYeka!

As Andy Williams told us a million times, this is the most wonderful time of the year. We hope you are ready to celebrate, whether you are a believer or not, just enjoy the great vibes and beautiful lights! And because we like to finish our year the best possible way, we would like to introduce you to our beautiful creator of the month: Giulia! Let’s find out a bit more about her :)

Hey Giulia! It’s a pleasure to have you this December!

Tell us a bit more about yourself…

My name is Giulia Rodilossi, I’m 26 years old and I was born and raised in Rome, Italy. I love to travel and understand new cultures and ways of communicating around the world and that is also why I have chosen to study in the UK for my Bachelor Degree in Advertising and Marketing. I have worked for agencies, political organizations, entertainment studios as well as start-ups in completely different roles within the communication arena and I’m now a freelance social media marketing manager in Rome.

When I was little I remember thinking that I needed to be the best at one thing only; growing up I realized that my varied passions and ability to immerse myself in different subjects and ways of thinking, is actually my best asset today. That’s why my experiences are extremely varied, both personally than professionally. So if you are asking me what characterizes me the most, I would say that it’s my eclectic nature. I think that the best ideas come from being open minded and taking inspiration from different sources and activities, that’s why I like to think of myself as a creator, rather than an adwoman – something that eYeka understands very well. That is also why I’m particularly proud that one of the contests that I have won, here on eYeka, was aimed at South Arabian males – possibly one of the furthest and most different cultures than the one I’m a part of!

You have been a member of our community since May 2017 and already you have won 2 contests! Congratulations!

How did you find out about eYeka?

I stumbled upon eYeka one day while I was looking through some creative opportunities online. I realized that creative crowdsourcing was a thing and started to look at a variety of platforms. eYeka is the only one I still utilize on a daily basis though. What attracted me to eYeka and keeps me engaged as of today is its simplicity of use, the fact that it understands the value of us creators, and the variety of contests it proposes. Some are more technical, others recognize the importance of the overarching big idea and don’t care if the overall execution is not as refined. This allows everyone a shot to grow in different areas, even if they are not operating in their primary areas of work. For example, I’m currently a finalist for a packaging contest that also required a rebranding. Although I can handle my fair bit at Photoshop, I’m not a graphic designer, but I have a ton of experience in strategic branding. This gave me the opportunity to enter the contest anyway and try out something different. I think that’s very clever, because the client can always re-propose a sound concept to a technical designer, whether it would be useless to have a beautiful design without a strategic mindset behind it.

Do you have a creative process? Where do you look for inspiration?

I’m very analytical, I always make up lists of the brand’s features and main benefits and have ton of research before putting down any idea. I look at pictures online, read articles, the client’s past work and what the competitors are doing. I also amplify my search if the brand could be utilized in different ways or if there is a category which seems different but where there are actually similarities in how the brand communication is approached. With all this material in hand, I automatically start thinking of taglines that represent the brand and then try to work with them graphically and see how much I can push each concept. If it is funny, can I make it absurd? If it is emotional, could I show it to the least emotional person I know and see that person reacting to it? If it needs to be straight to the point, can I explain it in 6 words? This way I start cutting off idea after idea until I get the best one I could think of and that checks positively all of the main points of the research.

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

I have to be honest, that’s tough. Obviously, no one likes to lose, especially when they put a lot of work into it, but I’m particularly bad at losing! haha - However, I’m also not a quitter and I’m quite stubborn so I’m constantly trying everything over and over again. I look up the winners for those contests and try to understand what the client saw in their entry that they didn’t see in mine and I try to remember that for my own future entries. The beauty of the crowdsourcing concept is that you can measure up with other participants and share a critical and positive feedback. This allows all of us to grow and it personally gives me a stimulus at thinking and producing more.

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

The best gratification comes from producing something that is appreciated by such high-end clients around the world. For what it concerns the money, they are always very welcome! My plan is to keep them apart from my work income and let them stay there. I don’t want to spend them for the foreseeable future. I want to see how much I can gain and appreciate that they are there because of my hard work.

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

Quality, collectivity, and obviously, creativity.

Finally, is there anything you would like to share with our creators?

Developing a creative sense is not as easy as it sounds; it requires an open mind, a committed focus and a bit of courage. The process on how to get there is different for everyone and it takes for time and effort. So try to understand what makes you unique as a creator and what can you offer with your solutions that someone else may not. Try out even the ideas that seem a little crazy, sometimes they are the best ones and even if they don’t work out in the end, they provide you with the stimulation to persevere and think differently. And finally, be proud and confident of yourself and your abilities but keep a learning mindset in everything you approach.

Thank you so much for your time Giulia! We can't wait to see new entries from you! 

Have a great holiday season everyone!

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