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“It’s not about the end, it’s about the journey.” Well, for Roopam Sharma, his journey from a model to a visionary is mind boggling. He designed and invented a device that would change the lives of the blind immensely.

A model from Faridabad, Roopam Sharma broke all stereotypes and went on become a worthy entrant in the Foreign Policy magazine’s “100 Global thinkers”. While studying at Manav Rachana Institute, he went on to invent a text-to-speech device that would help visually impaired people understand and learn about the world with much ease. Though Roopam had his eyes set on the ramp five years ago, his abundant talent and certain situations in life led him to a path of inventing products.

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Interestingly this is not the first product Roopam has created. While distributing cards with his friend in a village of Haryana, he saw an old woman tied to a bed screaming in pain, since the people around her had no measures to take care of her. Although disturbed by that sight, but determined to bring a change, he developed a position tracking device while attending a workshop at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2015. That device would help the caretakers of patients with certain illness to be alert if the patient wandered off too far.

Roopam, a visionary and creator, always had a strong sense of sensitivity towards people with disabilities and a heart – to – heart conversation with a friend who was colour blind, broadened his scope of imagination. It was then that he researched and realized how miserably braille was failing in India, mainly because it was difficult, expensive and there was not much content that was printed in Braille. Thus, only 1% of people could actually use braille as a measure for learning. His persistence to develop a better method of learning for the blind also become a reason for his parents worry as he would often skip classes and concentrate on his experiments of product designing.

The final output was Manovue, a device that could be worn like a glove which was integrated with a mobile app and had a camera attached to the tip of the finger. The camera would capture the text that the person had his finger placed on, and would read aloud the content which would enable the visually impaired person to learn without restriction. A true visionary, Roopam went on to receive India’s National Youth Award (2017), Gifted Citizen Prize 21016 and UK’s Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce.

The first trial of his product was held in India where over 800 people tried his product and their feedback was carefully adapted and incorporated in his design. Now he is working towards the Second trial which will be held in April or May in Washington DC, where he is currently based. The easy on pocket product ranges from 28$ to 650$. Though the device is still expensive, his aim is to reduce the cost to make it more affordable and more accessible for people around the world.

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Freelance business is all about clients and your services to make their work easier. Clients have different requirements but dealing with their temperament can be tough at times. Freelance business can be compared to a double-edged sword where on one side your clients are indispensable and on the other hand, can make you frustrated if you haven’t chosen and managed them correctly.

Some clients can be quite needy while some turn up as a nightmare. Your clients are your assets, make them happy is all that is expected from you without compromising on your time, work or professionalism.

Selection of the client is also significant as you can’t please everyone, so try to know more about their history in your first meeting itself before signing the contract. Client’s management is essential as your living depends upon them. So, devise practical methods for them to come up with the best of the options and make working smooth for both the parties.

How to Manage Your Clients?

Retaining clients is as essential as onboarding them and holds a real test of your abilities for managing your clients and creating lasting relationships for many freelance businesses.

1. Agree on Timelines, Strategy, and Scope.

To know and manage client expectation is quite remarkable and it is advisable for the freelancer to take them seriously. Misunderstanding the project, decrease the chances of successfully reaching the goals of your assignment. Whether you are interested in picking up small or a massive project do remember to prepare scope-of-work document adequately. Try to use the report for communicating your client about the budget, scope, timeline and ensure that both the parties agree for the same before you start working on it.

Suppose if you have a freelance business like website designing, your clients can expect the stock imagery, and website hosting included in the pricing agreed before starting the project. Make sure of the services you will source to your clients and explain to him everything in black and white.

 

Because you can risk your reputation in the market if you tell your client about various out of scope things after starting the project and he might think that you are swindling his expectations and have poor management. While preparing the outlining of the project try to feel like the client and know what the things that should include in the plan and while the client can manage the others on its own. One golden rule for managing the clients are under promise and over deliver.

 


2. Communicate Regularly.

The cause for a majority of problems is directly related to the lack of communication or miscommunication at times. However, there are many ways to improve communication skills to resolve such issues. For example, providing a regular status update to the client about on-going projects will help you to adjust the relationship and better your perception in the eyes of the client.

Following up with your past clients’ on a regular basis and initiating regular meetings with your existing and potential clients will ensure your business continues to flourish in the long term.

 


3. Use Tools to Make Your Work Easy.

For managing your clients effectively and efficiently try using some tools for managing your relationships with them. There are various low cost and high-cost options to maintain your customers by keeping the contacts, documenting project status, tracking your interactions and prompting to schedule or following up for a meeting.

 


How to Strengthen Your Relationships?

Pursuing a good relationship with your client is considered to be a lucrative trait. As strong relationships can generate repeat businesses, referrals, and also create opportunities for promising work.

 

Humanely approach is the secret of handling the relationships and treat them as they have always wanted to get treated. Caring and nourishing is essential for the links in your life.

Initiate your relationships with listening. Try to hear more than you speak as this act of your will help you to know your client and identify their requirement that has got unnoticed by the previous freelancer or employees. And above all everyone loves for being heard give your client the privilege and allow them ample amount of time to express themselves to you.

Ask many questions to know your client well on a personal level. Try to find their hobbies, children’s, favourite pets, or they love to travel around. Identifying them in their capacity will help you in understanding their personality and the kind of work they like you to perform for them.

 

By being transparent and trustworthy, you can ensure that your client will come back to you again. But nothing can leave the strong impact other than your high-quality work and be delivered within budget and on time.

 


Feedback

Always ask your clients about the feedback. Another golden rule is never argued with them. If your client points out something in your work never show his fault and try to be as humble as possible. If you hone these traits, it will help in being calm and composed, and you handle secure and robust going clients simultaneously.

Never be afraid to walk away from your clients who are draining your time and resources. If you have already reached a point with your client relationship where he is causing you way more headaches as compared to their worth, be honest, specific and upfront and look forward to getting rid of him as soon as possible.

Freelance business is quite easy to start but taking it to another height can be tough if you don’t have regular clients. In your initial as well as advanced stage do know that your client is your asset and you should decide what he wants you to deliver at any given point in time. Try out different strategies to generate great outcomes for yourself and your client and make it worthwhile for your budding business.

We have seen a wave of change with many artists adopting iPad pro and vouching for the comfort and flexibility it provides. And, even in Lollypop, all the artists have been illustrating on Procreate and have been keeping their iPad pro closer; so we got on to understand what is it that they like so much about procreate and if they could share few insights of the features that might be of help.

We asked Preethika Asokan, Sr. Illustrator in-house to shed some light on Procreate. Here is what she had to say:

Why I love Procreate?

iPad Pro is my digital sketchbook and procreate is my favourite medium. As a professional Illustrator, I draw for a living, and I have no complaints at that. But at the end of the day, or on a day off, I am very tired and I get super lazy to sit in front of my computer again and draw for my personal projects. But ever since iPad pro and procreate came into my life, I can cozy up anywhere and draw more for myself. I can take the iPad to a park or a cafe, get some fresh air, Vitamin D and let the creativity flow. It’s like drawing with a pencil but with the digital advantages; the magic of undo, and myriads of colours and brushes to choose from, I am able to do wonders beyond imagination. P.S I still love my sketchbook and watercolors, they will be my forever travel buddies.

Features in Procreate 

The basic UI is easy to use if you are familiar with the other Illustration software like Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop. There are so many features and few amazing tutorials available online to learn it end to end. Now, I’ll just talk about some of my favourite features:

01 Drawing Guide

We have 2d, Perspective, Isometric, and symmetry. You can also change the grid size, customize your guidelines. Select drawing assists in the layers to paint strokes according to your guidelines. Now, making that fancy isometric illustration is super easy.

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02 Clipping Mask and Alpha Lock 

The clipping mask is a recent update from Procreate 4.2 that I absolutely love, this lets you clip multiple layers to the content of one layer, allowing non-destructive alterations.

 

The alpha lock is a transparency lock. If you turn them on in layers, any painting or other action you do on that layer will only affect the pixels that were already there.

03 Recolour

I use this feature way more than others because I am never satisfied with the colours I choose initially. I love to experiment with them. It’s under the adjustments, pick the colour you want to change in the particular layer, and experiment with your masterpiece. Adjust the flood option for desired results.

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04 Favourite Brush Set

You can easily import a custom made brushes to Procreate. But my most used brushes are procreate’s default brushes, they have some amazing range.

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05 QuickShape 

The ultimate update in 4.2 is about making shapes. I feel like my pain reached the creators and I feel so happy! With QuickShape you can create perfect shapes without lifting a finger. You draw a shape and hold, and QuickShape will create the exact shape you need, ta-da!

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06 Tips and Shortcuts 

Please check out the Procreate website, handbook and Instagram account for their tricks and tutorials. These are some basic shortcuts and gestures, that I wish I knew when I started using the application. Still, after a year of using the app, I keep figuring out new things that the app can do and feel stupid for not knowing it earlier.

07 Streamline for Brushes

If you want your line to be clean and smoother, increase the streamline percentage in the brush edits. This is an absolute delight to use if you want to do some precise hand lettering. Also with the stroke taper option under brushes, you can control the exact taper amount and shape.

Conclusion

I see that people often question whether to invest on Wacom Cintiq or iPad pro. Though I personally prefer iPad pro, I would say it depends on the work you do and specifications. Ipad pro and procreate is a great tool for all your personal Illustrations and to the extent your professional Illustrations also. I have used them for creating Illustrations for both Web and print and the results were pretty good.

 

But again, we have to remember Procreate is a raster software, so you don’t get the flexibility of resizing them quite often. The major problem I have faced with procreate is the artwork getting pixelated or blurred when resized. But they have recently updated an interpolation feature in transform, which helps out a bit with this issue. But needless to say that this is the best investment I had made recently. They may not replace Illustrator or Photoshop, but Procreate sure is one of my favourite software application.

 

Here are few of the illustrations done by me on Procreate:

Article by Preethika Asokan, Sr. Illustrator at Lollypop Design Studio

Moritz Adam Schmitt, a German illustrator breaks through his creative block with a very fascinating approach. He closes his eyes and scribbles random lines. Then he looks for interesting shapes through the scribbles to weave a story. With Adobe Illustrator, he develops the sketch and finally adds texture and light with Adobe Photoshop. The result is a breathtaking composition of fantasy and drama. These compositions are a great inspiration to help think outside the box.

 

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User experience is embracing a widespread implementation of trending technologies like voice user interface, smart home devices, and much more. The basics of designing these experiences might have remained unchanged, but the birth of these technologies have definitely brought changes in user behavioral patterns. Thus, it demands new user experiences and solutions.

2018 has been a year when UX has been at the inside stage. Despite the fact that this sign will proceed in 2019, there are sure-shot trends that are probably going to rule the scene. Along these lines, we have listed 3 most important UX design trends that are going to redefine this domain.

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The Paradigm Shift from Flat to Material Design

The ‘Flat Design’ focuses mostly upon minimalism — open, clean, and crisp edges, usability, and the addition of bright colors with the help of 2D illustrations. When compared to flat design, ‘Material Design’ took birth in the year 2014 and since then the UX design has drifted more towards grid-based layouts, engaging responsive animations, light and shading features, 3D icons, and much more.

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Source: https://appinventiv.com/blog/flat-design-or-material-design-which-one-to-prefer

In the year 2019, it’s time to say goodbye to bland minimalism of flat design — it doesn’t work perfectly anymore. Embrace the increased liveliness, interactivity, and detailing that comes along with the material design – the need of the hour.


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Voice-Command will Continue to Evolve

The revolution of voice-command technology has paved the way for various voice assistants like Siri, Alexa, Google Home, Echo, and much more. Its bombardment has caused ripples in the UX design industry, which will continue to be caused even in the year 2019. It is expected that this industry is going to be worth the US $21.5 billion by 2024.

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Source: www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/speech-voice-recognition-market-202401714

In the year 2019, designers will have to invest their focus on coming up with the designs, focused on voice-command technology. Designs for multimodal interfaces — a perfect amalgamation of voice and visuals may also rule in the year 2019.


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Content-Focused Experiences

No doubt in the fact that content is king, but remember, the design is the queen and together they can attract user base across any genre or segment. In today’s fast-paced, highly digitized society, the attention span of a human has dropped down to 8 seconds from 12 seconds.

Thus, the designer’s role has expanded from understanding a user’s customer journey to telling compelling stories around digital experience in a limited time span. And this trend will completely rule in the year 2019.

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Source: www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/speech-voice-recognition-market-202401714

Design, in 2019, will be much more informed and will revolve around customer wants, user data, their preferences, and journeys. This will be the year of live videos and increased personalization.

UX Design and Success goes hand-in-hand

Whether it is 2018 or 2019, the basic rule of UX design is that it has to deliver a flawless digital experience on all devices and interfaces. Planning in light of user experience will keep on being a top priority in 2019 as we continue to deliver cutting edge and consistent products to customers through the UX industry.

Rocklets, a popular brand in the category of chocolate and confectionary in Argentina, wanted to give away headphones as a present with the purchase of Rocklets Easter Eggs. Morphine Motion Graphics created two fun and cool 3D illustrations for the packaging design of the giveaway.

 

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Here is an interesting portrait series created on the phone by Miten Lapsiya. This series is a collection of celebrity portraits like Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar, Barrack Obama, and more. Miten uses very realistic paint styles like watercolor for this series. Thus the portraits beautifully capture the essence of each personality.

 

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One of the most popular and commonly used typeface/ font ‘Helvetica’ has been redrawn by the designers at Monotype to suit the needs of a modern day contemporary artist, reader or writer.

Font Helvetica

Used by numerous students for their projects to be used by brands like Apple and Nestlé in their logo designs, Helvetica is one of the most widespread and universal typefaces utilized around the world, thanks to its simple and crisp design. Originally created by Max Miedinger and Edward Hoffman in 1957, this Swiss typeface has been used by countless brands and has managed to remain quite popular even today. To keep up with the modern standards of this decade, Monotype has reintroduced Helvetica as “Helvetica Now”, which is simpler, clearer and more sophisticated than its predecessors. “The design introduces a new chapter in the Helvetica story- expanding its look and utility while reinvigorating its heritage”, says Charles Nix, type director of Monotype.

Font Helvetica

Helvetica Now has been upgraded to provide more alternatives for graphic designers and creative professionals, like having size – specific drawings with size – specific spacing and a wide range of fonts and sizes to choose from. Completed over a span of 4 years, the designers have carefully redrawn all the existing characters and produced a new family of fonts: 48 fonts with 3 optical sizes to be precise; which include micro, text and display. Overcoming the limitations of the previous typeface’s spacing and legibility, the three new optical sizes have broadened the scope of Helvetica.

Font Helvetica

Helvetica Now Micro has alterations like a larger x-height with wider forms and open apertures making it highly comprehensible even at smaller sizes (4-7 points). On the other hand, Helvetica Now Display has been enhanced to be more eloquent when it comes to big and bold messages as it eliminates the need to make physical adjustments to the spacing. The size which is ideal for reading and information-rich domains, Helvetica Now Text has weights ranging from Thin to Black, alongside adequate spacing and kernel, which makes is pleasing to read.

Font Helvetica

Apart from these sizes, the designers have worked meticulously to also create brand new alternate glyphs in this advanced Helvetica family. A single story ‘a’ and a straight legged capital ‘R’ with their own alternates of each weight and optical style has also been included. The designers have gone all way to provide a wide range of alternates for different purposes and have also included a suite Helvetica arrows.

Font Helvetica

Monotype has successfully modified and redrawn 40,000 letters of the older version of Helvetica and produced a font that is more applicable in modern times and provides more scope for designers. Helvetica Now is now available for people and can found on Monotype’s cloud-based font discovery system ‘Mosaic’. It can be bought as single weights or the complete typeface families at different prices.

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Always Start with a Sketch

Even though a lot of our work happens digitally, It’s important to establish a basic structure of what you wish to create! Physically sketching out the illustration is always a good practice.


Ideate

While ideating, create mood-boards, mind maps and write down everything that seems enticing. Narrow down on what you wish to create gradually and you’ll get your core idea.


Get Inspiration

Gathering inspiration is an important part of the process. Inspiration can also come from the smallest of things be it a conversation, a person, a place or a thought.


Build a Story

A trick can be used while illustrating characters is writing a short story around them, that entails details about the character’s personality traits. It makes the process of illustrating the character much more engaging.

Be Informed

Reading about areas outside of design is important for gathering content and making your illustration relatable to a larger number of people.


Experiment

Sometimes spontaneous decision to experiment with colours, textures, shapes and forms, can lead to unpredictable outcome, which can be interesting and unique.


Trial Runs

It’s okay to start from scratch, even multiple times. You may often end- up starting all over – but that contributes to making the final illustration much more refined and closer to what your core idea.

Render and Detail

Once you establish your base illustration, adding hints of details that are complementary to the forms will bring more life to what you have drawn.


Get Feedback

It’s always good to see what people feel about your creation and process, by getting feedback on your work you may be able to identify points that you might have missed out.


Practice

A lot! As you know, practice can make you perfect!

Published in Issue 30

We interviewed the branding experts, who are behind some of the very successful brands. Lopez Design, have shared the story behind the recently developed branding of ‘Bihar Museum‘ and also shared the basics of brand creation in the ‘Gyaan’ section. Young visual communication designer like Shaivalini Kumar shared her love for the letter design while experienced graphic designer Anup Shah dwelled upon his passion for calligraphy. In brief, this issue is packed with branding and typography design experts who can help you solve the mystery of the brand creation!

 

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Pippa Dyrlaga is a paper cutting artist and print maker based in England. Her work is a perfect example of patience and precision. One gets drawn into the dizzying lines of her paper cut art. She spends hours on each piece as she first hand draws on the reverse of the paper and then meticulously cuts out the shapes using a scalpel.

 

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Foraging in the Tree Tops
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Heron
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Between the Willow
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Collaboration with Impression Originale
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Crow
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Riverside II
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The Garden
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Sinking
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Sinking III
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Hummingbird Flight
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Symbiosis
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Biophilia I
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Thread
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The Bear
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Stag Beetle
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A Peace Offering From the Land Dwellers
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Kraken
The Lepidopterist
The Ornithologist
Forest Spirit
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The White Wolf
Totoro
Let's make an Agreement
Martini - Langleys Gin Collaboration
Geometric
Paper Lace
Durham Cathedral

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