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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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Creator of the Month - November - Alorsold

By Thomas Langella on November 07, 2017 00:00 Featured Authors 0

Hello everyone!

I hope that you’re all doing well! The clocks have gone back to winter time now and to kick off the month of November, we’re offering you the chance to discover the story of Axel, known under the user name Alorsold on eYeka

To start with, can you tell us a bit more about yourself? How did you end up in the world of creation? What do you do outside of eYeka?

I’ve been drawing, inventing and finding solutions for things since I was little. I’ve always dreamed of being an inventor or a comic strip designer. Today, I’m an industrial/product designer, which is a good compromise in terms of visual expression and creativity. I’ve spent part of my career in Asia, and for now I’m back in France, freelancing. I’m passionate about my job and I consider myself really lucky to wake up with a smile on my face when I go to work. Innovation through use is at the heart of my job, so I’m always looking to get closer to future consumers and understand their needs. I appreciate that even more since it’s extremely enriching on a human level. What I’m looking for is to facilitate people’s daily lives whilst also bringing emotion.

You’ve been a member of eYeka since 2012, can you tell us what led you to join the community?

I discovered eYeka thanks to a classmate during my Masters at Strate (Paris). Principally, it was the diversity of subjects on offer that tempted me to take part. I try to keep a global approach in terms of creativity and reaching out to everything. When I started working, I realised the importance of these competitions. They’re good practice, with solid subjects and they allowed me to develop an overview of the projects. I'm a challenger as well, eYeka allowed me to push my limits to create better.

Can you tell us about your creative process during the eYeka competition? Where do you look for inspiration?

I seek to push limits and for that, I get my inspiration from a lot of things: the internet, exhibitions, personal experience, travelling. I’m a perfectionist in my work and try to only offer solutions that I’d use/buy myself. I do a lot of benchmarking in order to understand the market and to imagine how to improve a product or a system in a simple way.

Is there a project or a creation that you’re particularly proud of?

I'm pretty proud of my Mountain Dew project. It’s a product that I dream of being able to use one day!

What have you been able to create or do with the prizes that you’ve won?

I’m a passionate traveller, so the prizes have let me travel even further afar;) 

 Can you sum up eYeka in a short phrase?

For me, eYeka is a motor that allowed me to challenge myself and to showcase my know-how in various domains.

Anything you’d like to add to close? What advice would you give to new creators?

Don’t limit yourself to the competition side of things. See it as personal training. Be proud of every single one of your submissions. Create better, create emotion and inspire us!

Thank you, Axel! Good luck with the rest of your adventure on eYeka, we’ll see you soon in the next competition J

Thomas

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Creator of the Month: MUZI from China

By Joey Lau on October 04, 2017 08:03 Featured Authors 0

Hello, eYeka community! 

As we start to approach the final few months of the year, we would like to introduce you to a creator from China, who goes by MUZI and is inspired by everything she sees around her. Let’s dive right in with October’s Creator of the Month!

 

  1. Can you tell us a bit more about yourself and your story? Fun facts about you?

I studied sculpture in college. After graduation, I traveled to various places in China, oftentimes spending a lot of time in a place if I liked it. So, I did a lot of different types of work like bartending, waitressing in youth hostels, and teaching in remote areas.  I liked all my jobs as they allowed me to meet different people and kept my outlook on life very fresh and interesting. Now I am a freelancer and live in my hometown.

 

  1. What made you interested in design and the creative world? Was there any inspiration or a person who inspired you?

I grew up liking graffiti, and then learned to make sculptures. I do not remember when I started but now I seem to be inseparable from the design. Everything around me inspires me; they make me feel interesting, strange and different.

 

  1. How did you find out about eYeka and why did you decide to join?

I actually joined eYeka in 2012, but I did not submit any creations before 2016. I discovered eYeka simply by doing a Google search of creative contests and then I forgot about it for 4 years.  In 2016, I returned my hometown and did not know what to do. I had a chance to explore eYeka once again and really understand it, then I was attracted to the concept. eYeka has designers from around the world, their ideas are novel and interesting and bring me different creative inspiration. I am filled with new ideas every day.

 

  1. Can you share your creative process with eYeka contests? How can you come up with a great idea?

First, I choose a contest to participate in—if a game does not inspire my ideas on it then I will not join it. I dont have a specific creative process; I just have the idea and do it. The most important thing is to meet a contest that will make us passionate!

 

  1. Is there any tips and tricks you can share with other creators? 

Most of the time I just do what I want to do with the design and create it; actually I am not that good at winning. I prefer to see the comments at the end of the contest, and other designers to give me advice, which helps me improve. The deletion is a very important process. Keep out the not-so-good ideas, find one or two of the most consistent and relevant ideas, and do it.

 

  1. When you submit entries that are rejected, how do you maintain positivity to keep submitting great ideas?

Usually if an idea is rejected, eYeka will give the creator an extended time even if the contest has ended to improve on the idea, so I do not panic. For me, it is usually because of my use of English that the eYeka's reviewers do not understand. :) After all, I am not good at English. The solution to this is to make the more simple in display, and use a short note to express the ideas.

 

  1. What have you been able to do or to achieve with the prizes you have won?

The first prize, I used it to buy a nice computer, because when I first returned to my hometown, the apartment had almost no electronic products at all.

 

  1. If you could describe eYeka in 3 words, what would that be?

Flexible, Challenging, Happy

 

  1. And at last, what advices would you give to new creators? 

Stick to their own ideas, be happy to complete each of their favorite contests. Go out more, maybe inspiration is somewhere around you :)

  

Thanks for the inclusive and encouraging advice! Until next time !

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