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Discovering eYeka talents: creator of April - CONS

By Ekaterina Pashina on April 04, 2017 08:18 Featured Authors 0

Hello eYeka,

We can’t wait to introduce you our creator of the month in April – Conor/CONS - a designer from Ireland, who you for sure have seen among the recent winners on eYeka. Conor keeps winning a prize almost every month since he joined us last November, his creativity inspires brands like Oral-B, Febreeze, Nutricia and his designs for Canada Dry cans will be on the shelves next year.

Let’s meet him and know more about his background, creative process and inspiration!

Wicklow, Ireland, 2017

Can you start by telling us a little about yourself? What brought you to the creative world? What do you do outside of eYeka?

So my name’s Conor McNally and I’m a migrant illustrator-designer currently living in a town called Bray in Ireland. I grew up around the world in a dual-national diplomat family and I got into all this from incessant doodling as a kid in Dublin, Rome, Brussels, Dar es Salaam, Jerusalem and Boston. I went to London to study Design and then kept running with it to New York, Cairo, Tanzania again, Beirut and Berlin. I’m currently back in Ireland for a bit and life is great.

Home in Beirut

Most work these days is conceptual; communication, tone of voice, design strategy, or design.. but illustration still pops up now and again and it always feels like working with an old pal! There’s nothing quite like it. 

Outside of Eyeka, I’m working on theatre posters for The Eurydice Project in Dublin and making Tilt Brush VR environments with KoffeeCup in London. Not to mention ongoing collaboration with the amazing Mindthegap.agency in Beirut… Those guys are it. 

The photos here are a few of my favorite work spaces in different countries. You can see some of my work on Behance  or on my sleepy Instagram.

Rooftop workspace at Emersons in Zanzibar, 2016

When and why did you join eYeka?

It really came out of nowhere. I was in Berlin in Spring-Autumn, but by November I was broke and really needed a plan. A buddy showed me Eyeka.. and since then it’s been crazy. I never expected something so disruptive would come from such inauspicious beginnings. So çok şükür, Oli!  

Can you share your creative process with eYeka contests? What inspires you?

I get overloaded if I’m stretched too thin over too many projects, so I’m mega selective about what I join. I have a 2-day max. Typically day 1 I head out and spend the day making 2-3 pages of sketches, writing, idioms, visual language stuff.. and then on day 2 I design and upload it.  Whatever the outcome, it’s 2 cool afternoons spent on challenging stuff that has a pretty good chance of getting serious cash for... All wins.

In a very short time on eYeka you have already won 9 prizes! Your first accepted submission dates back to November 8th 2016! Your eYeka profile description ‘Random guy’ doesn’t really match this track record. What do you think makes a winning entry?

So far it’s the entries I’m happiest with but feel are too ‘far out’ for the brand that have the most luck. But at the same time you’ll see incredible ideas tank and not-so-incredible ideas win, so it’s a total coin flip. But outside of contest results, I feel anything that makes it in your folio afterwards is a winner for sure.

Live-work space at the Harbour bar, Bray, 2017

Do you have projects or works which make you especially proud?

Oral-B Japan. The winning visual kept coming to mind while falling asleep after a night working on other submissions. I still have the scribble of paper from when i turned on the light, which makes it even cooler to imagine it up around Tokyo one of these days. 

Canada Dry was nice in that it provided the unique experience of exploring just how relaxing a 7 X 10 cm panel on the side of a can could possibly be. And the winner in that contest sounds like it could be going into production across all North America soon, which is totally nuts... Or 100% Real Ginger if I can do that.

Syria 2012

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

It’ll let me live nicely in a lot of cool places for a long time. I haven’t decided on where yet, but after 7 years in Africa/ Middle East, somewhere devoid of sun on some inhospitable storm-beaten rock in the Atlantic sounds perfect.

Can you describe eYeka in one short sentence?

Possibly an alternative to work.

Anything you would like to say to conclude? What advice would you give to new creators?

I keep a google doc for every project. It keeps all my ideas synced between my laptop, phone and devices and I can’t live without it. 

And lastly, a huge thanks to you guys for so efficiently evolving the creative industry... I wish you every success!

 Thank you Conor. We liked the idea of a google doc, might create one for your winning submissions. Thank you for this inspiring interview! We wish you a lot of great adventures and beautiful stories ahead. And we can’t wait to see your next entry on eYeka! Good luck!

 

 

 

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María Salomon - Our sunshine of March!

By Natasha Coussot on March 01, 2017 11:42 Featured Authors 0

Hey guys!

The northern part of the world is just getting out of this long and cold winter. And what better to welcome the lovely sunny and warm days than featuring a lovely new flower that just started on eYeka!

Guys, please meet María Salomon, our creator of the month for March! Let her tell a bit about herself and get inspired by this amazing success story!

 

Hey Maria! We are happy to be featuring you here. Can you tell us a bit more about yourself? 

Well, I think it is best to start at the beginning. I was born in the sunny Gran Canaria (Canary Islands), 39 years ago, in summer, so I love the sun and the beach. Due to different circumstances, years later, I moved to the northern part of the country, Cantabria, a very beautiful place with amazing landscapes.

I studied an MA in Art Direction and a BA in Film Direction during a year in the UK.

Then, and ever since, I live in Madrid and I have worked for some advertising agencies and for clients as Carlsberg, Google, BMW, MTV, Vodafone, Schweppes, PlayStation, Paramount Pictures, Spotify, Amnesty International, M&M’s, YouTube…

What made you want to work in advertising? 

I have always known that I wanted to do a creative job. Since I was a kid, I have always loved drawing, writing, creating things. I like advertising because I can do all of this. Creativity is my favourite tool to work. It lets you create every kind of ideas starting from scratch; I love it, every day is a new challenge. I find inspiration in the streets and I love all the urban disciplines like graffiti, skating, dancing…

You joined eYeka not a long time ago (5 months) so you are relatively new. What attracted you and why did you decide to join the playground?

When I found eYeka, I was looking for contests to work on for new brands, give visibility to my work and, of course, earn an extra money ;)

I found eYeka by luck, browsing online. Fortunately, I found what I was looking for. Furthermore, I found a talented community and we all comment on each other’s works and we are happy when anyone wins. The mood is great.

What is more amazing, is that you have already won 6 prizes so far (maybe even more by the time this article is published)! Congratulations! How do you do it? What is your working process?

Well, I also think that I have a lot of luck because in the contest I've participated, there were lots of great entries; in gambling this is called “the luck of the beginner”. What I do for eYeka is not so different from what I do in the agency I work at every day. I always try to empathize with the consumer, more than with the brand. I think: “Would I buy this?”. I begin thinking about me and then I try to find insights.

Do you have projects that you are particularly proud of? 

Inside eYeka, I love the Gillette, Breakfast Innovation or Digital Health contests, I love thinking about new products. Outside eYeka, I love a campaign I did for a NGO for cancer investigation, here you can see the video here! I'm also proud of my Instagram account, I post a collage/illustration everyday: @msalomon. It is a daily creative job that helps me keep the imagination moving.

Could you give a piece of advice to our newly joined creators on eYeka?

My secret and advice is to have fun. I have fun with everything I do. People who work using their creativity use the most beautiful tools that exist. Working in creativity must be always great and fun, not a pain.

Can you describe eYeka in one very short sentence?

A world of creative possibilities.

A few words to conclude?

Thanks everyone, for everything, for all the projects/contests and for the amazing community full of talent. I'm proud of being a small part of this.

 

Thank you so much for your time Maria! We wish you all the best and many more prizes on our platform!

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"Francis Prat": February Creator of the Month who decided not to leave the creative world thanks to eYeka!

By kajeeporntechataveekijkul on February 07, 2017 03:00 Featured Authors 0

Hello eYeka people!

The first month of 2017 has passed! It’s very fast, isn’t it? Are you ready to celebrate the upcoming warmer spring season in most of the place around the world? (or cooler season for Australia & New Zealand :p). Before the celebration, we want to introduce you to a gentleman from France. His name is Francis Prat or boonkis on eYeka. Let’s learn from his experience that how come he could be able to win a lot of contests! Let’s celebrate this Creator of the Month of February 2017 together with us! 

Hi Francis! Thank you for your time today! Can you start by telling us a little about yourself? What brought you to the creative world? What do you do outside of eYeka?

 I have studied Tourism (but I’ve spent most of my time doing Tourism in the west indies, Canada…) After that I’ve studied Geography, Cartography, and Urban Planning in order to do internship or find some nice adventures in exotic places. I’ve finally worked in a small land planning consulting firm in Nice (France), but I was bored of the office so I worked as a house builder (south of France). At that time I was doing some small graphic design work and I first created an account in eYeka : I only made one or 2 entries… I was too busy with jobs, foundation (for kids of Kinshasa – Congo).

I’m actually back in France, in Paris, where I’m doing some graphic design mission and joining several eYeka contests.

When and why did you join eYeka?

In 2009, I think. I’ve just created an account but never got involved in it. About 4 years ago I’ve decided to live in Colombia, to make a living, get a business. I worked with a bunch of people and we have created a web agency! But I had to leave that team! It was so much better like that. I had a nice movie project, too, but it fell down for many reasons. I was out of money, visa, job… and then I remember about eYeka and I’ve started to join some contests. (I was about to completely leave the graphic design world)
After 3 months I won a €500. It was nothing but good enough to live 1 month in Medellin.  So I’ve really started doing that seriously. I won one contest that allowed me to get a really nice apartment with a great terrace.  I’ve stayed there for about 2 years after that I came back to France in June 2016. I missed France.

Can you share your creative process with eYeka contests? What inspires you?

I read the interesting contest (more than € 3500 - not about woman problem…) I read some and start to think. After that I try to go out for a jogging or exercise and I try to keep thinking to get a good idea.  Next, I surf the internet to have some more ideas… or go check old contests to get inspired.

So far, you have submitted 278 entries, you have had 196 accepted entries overall and you have won 12 prizes…This is huge! Can you tell us what pushes you to participate?

I guess I do 50% of the contest just to get busy. I like to participate because we have to produce a professional work even if we are not part of a big company. It is more attractive than making some logo for a friend. I like the idea that nobody tells you what to do, what to change, and don’t have to negotiate for the money--just do your best and hope they will not choose the worst of the entries… 

Do you have projects or works which make you especially proud?

The last I won: new diapers for China (Name Logo Packaging) it will pay for the diapers for my future baby!

Wow! Congratulations in advance about the baby! What have you been able to do or to achieve with the prizes you have won?

I’ve been able to live and travel in Colombia (Cuba, Mexico…), been able to save money for my future wedding (18 February 2017) and I will pay for the diapers…

Can you tell us what are the inspirations that help you coming up with interesting and creative ideas?

Main inspiration is mixing different ideas, concepts… nothing is really new; we just have to remix, adapt, revolute the existing things. I do believe that common sense and tradition are always good source of inspiration… make the tradition more hi-tech and connect human people, face to face… Create things to be shared and to make human less wild. 

Can you describe eYeka in one short sentence?

In 3 “words” : Mobility – Stimulating – good butter on your bread

Anything you would like to say to conclude? What advices would you give to new creators?

To conclude, eYeka was a great chance for me in the last 3 years when I was travelling… I will still submit some entries but I will need a more “regular” job to live in Paris… or not! Still thinking of doing some new things in new places.

Advice : do it! not only to win but also to learn how to work on nice brief, but do it seriously, otherwise you are just wasting your time..

Thank you so much Francis! We hope that after the wedding and the baby, you’ll still have time to play on this eYeka, the World Biggest Creative Playground!

Have a nice February everyone!

 

 

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NatElla: Creator of January 2017!

By vanessateo on January 09, 2017 11:00 Featured Authors 0

Good day, eYeka creators!

Get energized as we enter Year 2017 with a big bang! With more fun and exciting contests coming up, our New Year's Resolution is to get you guys more inspired and more creative than ever! ;)

Let's draw some inspiration from the creative duo, Natasha and Ella (or NatElla in short) from Indonesia! 

Can you start by telling us a little about yourself? What brought you to the creative world? What do you do outside of eYeka?

Hi! We are Natasha and Ella from Indonesia.

Natasha is an advertising graduate and she has a 7-year experience in digital and social media. While Natasha is rocking the digital world, Ella is working as an experiential designer with expertise in spatial branding and retail.

Through fate, we met in Singapore.

When and why have you joined eYeka?

We joined eYeka in early 2014 because we love to innovate!

Can you share your creative process with eYeka contests? What inspires you?

Our inspirations come from everywhere; People watching to coffee hunting, traveling, immersing ourselves in the user zone, with a goal to deliver exceptional experiences. 

We enjoy the whole process!

Do you have projects or works which make you especially proud? 

Aviva, our first eYeka submission! It makes us believe that we can do more than what we are doing! 

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

Travel, travel, travel… and we’ll be inspired so we can create more!

 Can you describe eYeka in one short sentence?

A place where we can take part in ideating and help brands solving problems as a creative thinker and to be inspired by other geniuses!

Anything you would like to say to conclude? What advice would you give to new creators?

Thank you for acknowledging and electing us this month and for providing us with endless opportunities. We are really excited to keep our brain juices flowing!

For new creators, welcome! Our advice would be to keep challenging yourselves and don’t do it for the sake of the rewards, but do it because you give your best!

And there you have it! Have a wonderful year ahead, eYeka creators! We look forward to seeing your entries! 

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Creator of the Month of December - Archabhi

By Thomas Langella on December 09, 2016 17:11 Featured Authors 0

Hello eYeka community ! We are very pleased to introduce you to our creator of the month Abhimanyu from India but he’s living in Italy where he worked. You might know him as Archabhi on eYeka – short form of “Architect Abhimanyu”. We hope you’ll like his story !

Hey Archabhi! Can you start by telling us a little about yourself (what you do, do you work, study, where you come from, what your hobbies, basically, anything you wish to tell the world!)?

I am an Architect/ Retail experience designer by profession, a designer by heart. I love photography too !!

I did my bachelors in architecture way back in 2008 and then went to pursue my specialisation in retail experience design. I always wanted to do my own startup, so after working briefly with a consumer durable company I returned back to my home town and co founded two design startups with my partner. We successfully worked for five years and then realised it's time to upgrade our skills and environment, it's time to be digital and catch the wave. If you don't change the way you work, you will be obsolete. Continuous improvement is the key. Those who adapt to changing times, definitely sail through tough times.

How did you find out about eYeka? And why did you participate ?

I have always been fascinated about competitions. I like to challenge myself and test my competitive skills. I found eYeka when I was searching for some competitions online, it was way back in 2010 and started participating.

You first participation on eYeka is back in March 2010, and then it seems that you stayed quiet for a while. What happened ;-) ?

Yeah I remember it for sure. After competing for few contest I felt I need to improve my skills to be more competitive and then my work commitments kept me away from it. But I always kept a keen eye on the competitions organised on eYeka. It's only when I came to Milan,Italy and joined my second masters course in service design, I decided to kick start it again.                 

You’ve won 3 prizes in 3 different contests over the last 3 months. Can you please tell us what makes a winning idea ?

There is no hidden secret. All I try to be original and authentic. I don't search too much on internt before hand. I always try to bring something new to the table and if the idea excites me then only I cross check on internet if it exists or not. I also believe in the simple ideas, fancy things don't inspire me.

It seems that you’ve special skills in inventing new experiences ? What inspires you?

Things from the daily life inspire me. I always try to look for inspirations around me. Being an experience designer it's important to look beyond my field of expertise and concentrate on very simply things. I always underline the key points and try to deliver my best, but sometimes I am too confused and get stuck in my own head. That's life !!

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

To be honest, I have not decide yet but yes may be something that enhance my skills as a designer. There are couple of things I would like to take..but I am not sure. 

Can you describe eYeka in one short sentence?

An open playground where any one can make it happen.

Anything you would like to say to conclude? What advices would you give to new creators? A few words to conclude?

I would just say, nothing is impossible. Things happen if you stick to your task, no matter how. It is never too late to start again so keep learning keep surprising yourself. its you only.

I would like to say million thanks to eYeka for this unique opportunity. It will only inspire me to work harder now.

Best regards

Thanks you  !

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