As president of D&AD for 2015, I plan to celebrate a new breed of 21st century creatives. Today, we operate in an industry where the boundaries are blurred. Technology created the perfect conditions for this by providing the platform. The creative of the future will become ever more flexible, dexterous and in-demand. But it’s the people that will make it happen.
Recently I was working at a well-known magazine when I witnessed an art director turn down a super-talented illustrator. Confused, I asked why the illustrator was being passed on like a bad meatloaf. The answer I got caught me off-guard. What this illustrator had failed to do was list the details most art directors look for on a designer’s website: things like the client, the date, the context and so on.
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If you are working in a creative industry (design, advertising, technology, media, entertainment, architecture etc.) chances are that you are working remotely.
You don’t sit desk-to-desk with the people you work with every day. Your co-workers and clients sit on other floors, in other buildings, other cities and even in other countries. You cannot just roll over to your colleague on your office chair and ask him what he or she thinks of your latest design, logo or illustration. No, you have to discuss your visual idea in endless e-mails, multiple phone or Skype calls. You also need strong project management skills to keep everybody up-to-date and on track.
Luckily, there are a lot of productivity tools out there that can make your job easier and save you a lot of money, time and hassle. As a startup, media and marketing consultant I have found these tools useful.
A professional project management is essential for every successful project. The most prominent workflow tool is Basecamp.
Basecamp is a product from web app company 37signals and offers milestone management, time tracking, a messaging system, web-based text documents and file sharing. There is also Asana, a tool that was developed by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz to improve the productivity level at Facebook and Trello which uses Kanban, a project management method popularized by Japanese car maker Toyota in the 1980s for their supply chain.
Creative projects typically start with a brief and a brainstorming phase where ideas and possible solutions are generated and outlined. Balsamiq and HotGloo help you at this stage.
Balsamiq is a mockup builder and reproduces the experience of sketching on a whiteboard. HotGloo is a wireframe UX prototyping tool and has a strong focus on more complex interaction and collaboration.
Most ideas go through many iterations and feedback rounds before they are approved. Red Pen and Prevue help you get instant and meaningful feedback from clients and team members.
You can upload your work directly on the Red Pen or the Prevue homepage, share the link with your team and clients and put comments directly on the design.
If you don’t like switching back and forth between various tools you should try Notism, a design collaboration platform that combines prototyping, realtime feedback and task management – all in one place.
This “one-stop shop” closes a gap among existing tools and was nominated at thenetawards for “App of the Year 2014″ by net magazine.
Finally, Froont gives you the possibility to create a whole responsive website without a line of code.
Froont works directly with a drag and drop interface and creates fully functional HTML and CSS code on the fly which saves you the labor of converting
static images into HTML and CSS for the development stage.
Whatever productivity tool you choose to work with, pick one that meets your individual needs and is easy to learn by team members and clients. Springtime is around the corner and there are better things to do than to sit at your desk.
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Amrita Sher-Gil (1913–1941) was an influential painter in the Indian modern art movement. Amrita is often labelled the “Frida Kahlo of India”, likely for her exploration of indigenous Indian culture as a means to self-discovery and a distinct artistic voice.
Having only lived until age 28, Amrita managed to pack so much into a short life: she was well-traveled and well-loved; she painted since she was five years old; and she completely overhauled her artistic style and the Indian art scene with it.
Though much of her later works observe the lives of the poor, Amrita was born in a comfortable household, to a Punjabi Sikh father and a Hungarian mother. Her early years were spent in Hungary. When Amrita’s family moved to India in 1921, she began her formal training in painting at age eight. Amrita had a lot of support in childhood—her uncle used to be a painter, and taught her to use family servants as models.
When she was 16, Amrita began her studies at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Such a cosmopolitan lifestyle at an early age allowed Amrita to explore her identity; in her personal life, Amrita floated between her “European” and “Indian” self.
It’s very interesting to see coming-of-age discovery rendered in fine works of art. Where more mature painters might paint themselves in the same persona, there is much variety in Amrita’s self-portraits.
Most notable is “Self Portrait as Tahitian”, a comment on feeling “exotic” in a Parisian academy. The painting is NSFW, but it’s beautiful. Interested as to whether the shadow belongs to Amrita or the viewer, casting their interpretation over her body.
Already successful as an artist, Amrita left Paris to move to India with her family. Amrita believed that returning to India would allow her practice to flourish: “my professor had often said that, judging by the richness of my colouring, I was not really in my element in the grey studios of the West, that my artistic personality would find its true atmosphere in the colour and light of the East. “
Indeed her work went in a completely different direction from the academic style she trained in. Amrita was inspired by the lives of ordinary people, and by the wall paintings she saw in the western India’s Ajanta Caves. Still employing European techniques, she emulated the indigenous works in her newer paintings.
The newer style is flatter, simpler, with strong colors. It is not just a rejection of her European works, but of the pale hues and “watercolor” aesthetic popular in India at the time. In 1937, Amrita said, “The quality of art in our country, particularly the apathetic attitude of the public towards the fostering of a cultural renaissance, is depressing.”
Amrita toured South India, and was further inspired by Mogul miniature painting. Her work of the late 1930s paid homage to these miniatures in their scale, rich color palettes, and even-simpler forms.
The artist moved back to Hungary in 1938, where she married her cousin. They returned to India and would have lived with her family, if not for family drama. Amrita finally settled in Lahore, where she died unexpectedly (some say from a failed abortion) at age 28.
Though she did not live long, Amrita’s a full and vibrant life. She built for herself a mature artistic point of view, and influenced the direction of Indian art along with it.