From Inspired by Design

Art works: how art in the office boosts staff productivity

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends | What type of work culture/environment do you work in, and what is your preferred environment to produce the best results for you, your team, and your business? I am a visual person, colour, textiles and images are really important to me on a personal and work related level. For me, I like to see beauty and creativity on a daily basis, and finding inspiration in day-to-day objects as well as the flamboyant and fabulous.

For me personally, a lean work environment does not inspire me, although I totally understand, that we are all different, and many will say ‘lean’ gets results for their business. Personalising work spaces, showcasing artwork, inspiring employees with colour and personality, for me are not a work distraction, and I hope my work environment will always be able to support this need to be inspired and creative.

How Pixar’s 22 rules of story help you write engaging client case studies

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends | At Fullback and Friends we are huge Pixar fans, for their design work and storytelling, and this is an excellent article to help introducing Pixar in the business world.  How fun is working going to be now when you start working on your client story boards.

BBC Academy | Digital Skills Day | Salford (Media City | 17.03.15

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends |  Fantasic event opportunity for freelance creatives, especially our North West creatives.  This event is aimed at freelancers from across the creative industries, there will be workshops and masterclasses in:

  • Digital storytelling and how it differs online, the power of the internet for storytellers, the latest apps; from images to branching narratives, in world and out of world, and how to drive audiences round your stories.
  • Interacting with the audience, which tools to use and when? How to analyse their impact, understand audience response, adjust and make a bigger impact.
  • What do you need to know about Coding if you don’t code?
  • Under the skin of Digital Ways of Working; from cloud to codec and beyond – the digital end to end and what you can steal to help you and your teams work better.
  • And what are the big technological innovations coming your way? How can you spot new trends and what can you create with the new tech?

This event is co-produced by BBC Academy and Creative Skillset, with a wide range of industry trainers and partners.

Click here to see if you are eligible for this free event,dc5a693f-afb1-0102-2b32-3bc30bac1c59

The world’s most creative CVs – in pictures

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends |  How ‘outside of the box’ do you think you could be when it comes to creating a visually creative CV.  I appreciate creative CVs are not well suited to all sectors, but these CVs will bring a smile to your face, and the detail and unique way each CV has been marketed is fantastic.  Remember, even traditional CV’s can have their own personal brand and identity, so why not start thinking creatively, when you are faced with the prospect of revising your CV.

Selfridges celebrates ‘retirement renaissance’ with Bright Old Things

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends: This is a fantastic article.  Getting older does not mean that you stop being creative, or are inspired to learn, create, build or design amazing things.  The need to look fabulous is also very important  too.

“I Wish I Knew That Before I Created My Portfolio!” 10 Tips for Landing Your First (or Next) Design Job

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends |  I support some fantastic art and design under-graduates, many of whom are working exceptionally hard, and putting in very long studio hours into their final year work, as well as updating and developing their e-portfolios to support their CV’s, blogs and websites.  I never get tired of my 1-2-1s as they talk me through their portfolios.  Here is some really useful advice for any creatives looking at updating or creating a portfolio from scratch over the holidays.

2015 creative trends: leading designers & artists reveal the biggest influences & changes coming their way (& yours)

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends | So nice to hear from such a broad range of creatives about their hopes, goals, and creative direction for 2015.  A truly inspiring read, for creatives just starting out in their careers, and for established creatives seeking new ideas.

2014 Digital Culture Survey

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends | The results from the 2014 Design Culture survey, clearly confirm how many organisations will be needing creative to help support these design projects, which is fantastic news for under-grads and graduates. Also the findings may introduce you to organisations that you may not have previously considered as future employers.

Why being selfish can make you a better person and designer

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends:  Really enjoyed reading this article, and some great advice.  It makes a lot of sense not to forget ‘you’ in the design/business planning process, and just see how positive the outcomes can be to you, your client and collaborators.

Art blogging: How to write a fantastic blog post

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends:  Blogs are becoming a very useful social media tool for employers to check an individuals creativity and writing skills,  Blogging is an activity that I encourage under-graduates to get involved in, through my 1-2-1s and is one of the first things I look for on a creatives CV.  If you are unsure where to start, start following some well established bloggers in creative fields/career sectors that you are genuinely interested in and keen to pursue a career in.  Then start thinking about the visual side of your blog and the topics/content you wish to include.  Remember a blogger should not be fearful of their audience contribute to their blog feed.  It is natural for like-minded creatives/individuals to start a conversation and contribute to topics that are trending.  Happy blogging!!