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Over the past decade, we have all become much more aware of our impact on the environment. The cars we are buying, our shopping habits and the lifestyles we lead, are all now influenced by an attempt to be eco-friendlier. Then why should not our house also be eco friendly.

A recent study found that 71.4% of shoppers now take the environmental impact of their choices into account when they purchase food and other groceries. That number was marginally lower for clothing and footwear, sitting at 64.2%. But the evidence is clear. The question is: how can we do more? Well, we can start at home by making sure we look at making a series of changes that will reduce our carbon footprint and help the environment.

 

Here are five simple ways to create an eco friendly house.

1. Install a smart meter or a smart hub

Your heating is one of your major sources of energy use. During cold winters, we can slip into bad habits and leave our heating on for much longer than is necessary. This can lead to high energy bills and wasted energy.

 

You can combat this in two ways. The first is to have a smart meter installed. This provides a visual indication of the energy you are using every day and allows your utility company to reflect the savings you make as a result, in your bills.

 

The second way to make a change is to have a smart home system installed. Systems such as Hive can be controlled by your voice on Alexa or Google Home, for example, or through an app on your smartphone. These systems are so advanced that they can now detect when you and your partner have left your home and switch off the heating when you do so.

 

Before you set off for home or work, you can command the system to come on and warm the house up to a certain temperature for your arrival. It saves you money and, crucially, it also saves energy.

2. Create your own compost

It is so easy to sweep leftover food or kitchen scraps into your rubbish bin. It is easy to do, convenient and happens in the blink of an eye. What you don’t realise is just how much food you throw away each week.

 

All of it could, in fact, be turned into compost and recycled. Many local authorities help residents compost their food waste in plastic bags that decompose with the food as it turns into compost. Instead of sweeping your leftovers into a rubbish bin, you sweep them into a compost bin that’s lined with the special bag, and your local authority takes it away every week. Look into whether this is an option for you.

3. Insulate

We have already discussed the importance of reducing unnecessary use of your heating, but another way to make the most of the energy you do use is to ensure your home is properly insulated. A well-insulated home will retain your heating for longer, meaning you don’t need to switch it on for as long. We all know that hot air rises, so start by looking at your loft space and roof. It costs around £400 to insulate the roof of a typical home, but you will save more than half of that figure in the first year by reducing your energy bills.

 

Double glazing will also help, while soft furnishings such as carpets and rugs will also help if you have exposed stone or wood flooring. Keep in mind that your walls and your floors account for as much as 75% of all heat loss from your home. Draft excluders around doors and windows can also make a big difference, with around 15% of energy lost that way.

4. Recycle, recycle, recycle…

There is no excuse for not recycling plastic bottles, paper and glass. According to a study in the United States, around 80% of all plastic bottles are still not recycled. Remember that, each time you throw a plastic bottle away, it will take a millennium to degrade. So, recycle them – it is really important, and you will be helping the planet every single time you do it.

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5. Install solar panels

This is an extreme solution, perhaps, but it is one that could make a massive difference to your annual utility bills and the environment. The up-front cost is significant, but many energy providers will pay you for the energy you generate but don’t use every year. Definitely worthy of consideration!

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As people realise the creative hard work behind beautiful packs, this field is getting innovative. Packaging design plays an important role in the success of any brand or product. The goal of an inspiring packaging design is to turn projects into collectable and saleable items. It has to have strong visual appealing to stand out of the competition.

 

So, we have selected 20 best innovative & inspiring packaging designs, which will not just motivate you to create appealing designs but also give you update on current packaging trends.

1. Pen Packaging

Designed by: Wingyang

2. The Best Tea Time of the Day

Designed by: a.Design

3. Manjoor Estate’s

Inspiring Packaging

Designed by: Isabela Rodrigues

4. Paper Boat

Inspiring Packaging

Designed by: Elephant Design

5. Olio D’oliva

Designed by: Alessia Sistori

6. Topshape

Inspiring Packaging

Designed by: Sweety & Co

7. ACH vegan chocolate/ Limited edition

Designed by: Gintare Marcin

8. Kraftig

Inspiring Packaging

Designed by: Isabela Rodrigues

9. PANGÆA

Source: Behance

10. Packed like Sardines

Designed by: Brandiziac

11. Aphrodite’s

Inspiring Packaging

Designed by: Midday Studio

12. Flour Beverage – Sattu

Inspiring Packaging

Designed by: Vikash Raj

13. Le chocolat des Français

Source: Pinterest

14. Motif Wine

Designed by: EN GARDE

15. Filirea Gi Wine

Inspiring Packaging

Designed by: Christos Zafeiriadis

16. Exotic Coffee Collection

Inspiring Packaging

Designed by: ARTEMOV ARTEL

17. Smoker’s Teeth

Inspiring Packaging

Source: Pinterest

18. ASAP

Inspiring Packaging

Designed by: Elephant Design

19. Pasta Packaging

Designed by: Nikita Konkin

20. Milko

Inspiring Packaging

Designed by: Giovani Flores

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The Euro-Vision project is a collaboration between 26 artists from all over Europe & the world to create their own interpretation and celebration of the renowned song competition, The Eurovision – Capitalising on this year’s Eurovision location, Israel, The Startup Nation.

The theme was:

Human & Machine

Some look forward to technology’s innumerable advantages while others fear the progression of artificial intelligence could lead to our downfall. Whatever the case, its rapid evolution is no secret – especially in the start-up nation of Israel, where Eurovision will be held this year.

 

The-Artery, a New York based creative agency invited many different artist to create a visual homage to the 2019 Eurovision competition. Ranging from 3D animation to stop-motion, the artists were invited to visualize what it means for humans and machines to operate as one. Is it peaceful? Violent? Organic? Or a mix of everything? Whatever it is, we know that music can always bring us together as one.
Illustrations from EuroVision | Creative Gaga
Liron Ashkenazi-Eldar | The-Artery
Illustrations from EuroVision | Creative Gaga
Andi Iacob | Romania
Illustrations from Euro-Vision | Creative Gaga
Caroline Kjellberg Juul Mortensen | Denmark
Illustrations from EuroVision | Creative Gaga
Mike Voropaev | Russia
Illustrations from Euro-Vision | Creative Gaga
Anastasia Kharchenko | Azerbaijan
Illustrations from Euro-Vision | Creative Gaga
Patrick Sluiter | The-Artery
Illustrations from Euro-Vision | Creative Gaga
Patrick Sluiter | The-Artery
Illustrations from Euro-Vision | Creative Gaga
Kristian Skogmo | Norway
Illustrations from Euro-Vision | Creative Gaga
Eduard Mykhailov | Ukraine
Illustrations from Euro-Vision | Creative Gaga
Yomagick | Malta
Illustrations from Euro-Vision | Creative Gaga
Grace Casas | The-Artery
Illustrations from Euro-Vision | Creative Gaga
Laura Sirvent | Spain
Illustrations from Euro-Vision | Creative Gaga
Daniel Nahum | Israel
Illustrations from Euro-Vision | Creative Gaga
Nadav Meidan | Israel
Illustrations from Euro-Vision | Creative Gaga
Machina Infinitum | Germany + Italy
Illustrations from Euro-Vision | Creative Gaga
Alex Sasha Djordjevic | Serbia
Illustrations from EuroVision | Creative Gaga
Ryan Morace | The-Artery
Illustrations from Euro-Vision | Creative Gaga
Kasper Pindsle | Norway
Illustrations from Euro-Vision | Creative Gaga
Mihran Stepanyan | Armenia
Illustrations from Euro-Vision | Creative Gaga
João Figueiras | Portugal
Illustrations from EuroVision | Creative Gaga
Andrea Philippon | Switzerland
Illustrations from Euro-Vision | Creative Gaga
Irene Feleo | Australia

Credits

Agency, Production, and Post
Collaborating Artists
Aleksandar Sasha Djordjevic
Anastasia Kharchenko
Andi Iacob
Caroline Kjellberg
Daniel Nahum
Eduard Mykhailov
João Figueiras
Grace Casas
Irene Feleo
Kasper Pindsle
Kristian Skogmo
Laura Sirvent
Liron Ashkenazi-Eldar
Machina Infinitum
Mihran Stepanyan
Mike Voropaev
Patrick Sluiter
Ryan Morace
Yomagick
Nadav Meiden
Andrea Philippon
Aline Sinquin
Executive Creative Director
Vico Sharabani

Creative Director
Liron Ashkenazi-Eldar
Music
The Soundery Sound Design
Sound Design
Patrick Henchman
Colour
Aline Sinquin
Executive Producer/Managing Director
Deborah Sullivan
Editor
Michael Elliot
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Your childhood experiences, explorations and continued learning through life, greatly shapes the way we think and the career path we chart for ourselves. Veteran artist and animation film designer, Dhimant Vyas, is an example of this. He gives us a peek at his childhood and throws some light on the animation industry.

An alumnus of National Institute of Design (NID) and his previous work includes the title animation sequence for the highly acclaimed Hindi feature film ‘Taare Zameen Par‘, which was directed by Indian Film Industry superstar Aamir Khan.

 

During an earlier stint at Aardman Animation Ltd. Dhimant has worked as an animator on the Creature Comforts USA TV series. He has worked with brands like BBC, UNICEF, FCB ULKA, Zee TV, MTV, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, to name just a few. His work for Taare Zameen Par, Happy Planet, Cute Bunny, Y-snore, MTV promos and his photography has won him several national and international awards.

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Q: Your work is often related to the flora and fauna. Can you tell us how your childhood inspired the theme of your various work?

Dhimant. I grew up in a small town called ‘Dhrangadhra’ near Kutch, Gujarat. I spent a lot of time amidst nature, as my town is surrounded by rivers, lakes and farms. Most of my childhood involved playing with animals, bird watching, gardening, swimming in the river, and playing with the fish.

 

I used to collect clay from the riverbed to make toys and pluck grass to create handicrafts. We had no televisions or mobiles then. Even the race to get better marks in exams did not exist for us as children; this leads to spending most of our time in the lap of nature. And all my observations of nature now reflect in my work in some way.

Q: Please throw some light on the different animation techniques. Which of these is your favourite, and why?

Dhimant. There are a wide variety of techniques like 2D classical animation, 3D Computer generated animation, Stop motion, Cut out, Pixilation, and so many more.

 

I have used almost all styles of animation, but the way clay animation has evolved somehow reflects in most of my projects. I don’t restrict myself to clay animation though. I especially love the 2D classical animation style.

The style and technique always depend on the requirement of the story. For Amir Khan’s ‘Taare Zameen Par’ I used clay animation. The animation needed to seem like handmade toys created by children. There is an organic feel to the medium which cannot be achieved through computer-generated animation. Clay is something everyone relates to as it connects us all to our childhood.

 

In film making, storytelling decides the technique. The story needs to be executed in a manner where the audience completely engages with the story, instead of focusing on the technicality of the film. The style should seamlessly integrate with the story.

Q: The audience connects very strongly with your work, especially because it’s got heart and warmth. How do you bring in that feeling and emotional connection to your work?

Dhimant. Hard to tell. Perhaps because I put in my heart into my work or my childhood observations of nature reflect in my work. When one enjoys their work, the audience picks up on that, and they enjoy it too. While working, I don’t focus on the final product, instead, I put all my energy in the process of creation and learning.

Shaun and Sheep - Animation -Dhimant Vyas

Q: What role do you think animation can play in education? And how important is it?

Dhimant. Animation can play a significant role in education. I have worked on creating educational content, and have seen the impact myself.

 

A picture is worth a thousand words; now imagine the impact of thousands of moving images in animation! It is a limitless medium. Anything can be created through animation and this is what makes it a powerful educational tool.

Q: Which one of your projects is especially dear to you, and why?

Dhimant. My favourite projects are Rag Malhar (Promo for Music Asia Channel), Creature Comfort of Aardman, title animation of Aamir Khan’s film ‘Taare Zameen Par’, Purple & Brown, and Shaun the Sheep created with multiple Oscar winner Aardman animation studio, U.K.

Q: What are your words of wisdom for a budding animator?

Dhimant. Enjoy the process of making films, as your passion shows in the end. It’s important to do quality work and strive to create the best because this will bring in the money later. Always be observant and ready to learn and explore and share your knowledge. With all this it is equally important to show integrity and honour your deadlines

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We all design for different audiences and always keep trying to figure out what they would need and how will they react to our designs? But, one audience who is the youngest of all and most difficult to predict is ‘Kids’. So, to get more clarity, we focused on animation design, an extensively used medium to influence these young ones. We interviewed and feature experts opinion from the industry leaders such as Suresh Eriyat, Dhimant Vyas and Vaibhav Kumaresh to ponder on the use of animation for early education… So, go ahead

 

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Rob Draper is an artist and designer based in the UK, who is passionate about creativity and lettering. He specialise in hand lettering for branding and identity, editorial, large scale works, retail and apparel.

 

With this project, Rob wanted to go back to basics. The inspiration came from how elaborate can he take the ballpoint pen and the most ignored everyday items – Plastic bags, kitchen towels, pizza boxes, newspapers and more?

 

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A Visual Identity is not just about aesthetics and appearance. It’s about communicating brand ethos with flair, and Design Stack does just that for upGrad.

Brief / Challenge

upGrad is an online higher education platform. It provides university education online for working professionals, especially those who are looking for a change mid-career. The e-learning platform vouches for its quality education through partnerships with renowned universities and brands. Hence, the brand positioning and identity needed to reflect a professional and premium tone that is in line with the brand offering.

Solution

Design Stack redesigned the visual identity to help translate the vision of upGrad to the branding. The requirement was to bring forth the idea of professionalism, career upliftment and a supportive and conducive environment through visual cues.

 

For this Design Stack uses curved lowercase letters teamed with an uppercase ‘G’ to convey professionalism and approachability. The up-pointing arrow in the watermark perfectly communicates how the brand empowers learners to correct their career courses. The arrow also gives a sense of positivity and optimism.

 

The striking red colour signifies the burning passion to make a positive change in life.

All the elements used in the visual identity come together to represent professionalism, warmth, positivity, passion and a promise.

Design Stack

A well-established branding and design studio based out of Mumbai specialises in creating relevant brand identity and communication through structured research, rigorous brainstorming and in-depth understanding of the brand consumers. Design Stack has worked with a wide range of industry verticals which include brands like TATA, Penguin Publishing, Cox & Kings, Asian Paints and more. The studio has also received numerous prestigious awards.

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It has been well established that women are front-runners in their professional lives, they have made success stories of any venture they’re a part of and continue to make a mark for themselves in the world. What women entrepreneurship have achieved is well known. But the Associate Creative Director and Partner of GCD Studio, Shahana Jain‘s take on women achievers is not the ‘what’, but the ‘how’. How are they able to achieve their goals? What modifications are they ready to make in their personal lives? What impact do their surroundings have in their path to success?

Women Entrepreneurship

While enjoying a short break in the hills of Kasauli this weekend, I got some time to think about what women entrepreneurship means to me personally.

Every woman has her own way of structuring her life around what she wants to achieve. It is a function of her personal choices. If she wants she can find a way to balance work, home, family and children, therefore creating an environment conducive to success for herself and those around her.

 

For instance, GCD Studio is an all women’s team, led by a woman who believes there is no work-life separation. From bringing her children to work to taking a vacation to spend quality time with them, she has always encouraged the co-existence of work and life.

Women Entrepreneurship

In fact, ‘work-life balance’ (where work is seen as something outside of your life) is a misnomer. You find a balance when they are different. It is as much a part of our lives as anything else. I feel women understand their responsibilities well and can effortlessly juggle both work and home without neglecting either. Not to generalize, but because women are accustomed to multitasking they manage to get a lot done simultaneously.

Women Entrepreneurship
Women Entrepreneurship

A workplace truly becomes your own when you feel the freedom to be able to bring your personal life into it. Citing my own example, I recently had a baby, and not for a day did it restrict me from continuing with my work. I could work from home and have colleagues over occasionally to work with me on a particular job.

 

Being women we understand each other’s personal commitments and needs and therefore create a sensitive and supportive environment in the studio. It empowers us to move forward no matter what. When you spend more than fifty percent of your day somewhere, it ought to be your second most favourite place in the world.

Women Entrepreneurship

As entrepreneurs in the creative industry, we find ways to balance profitability with investment in people. So while being driven and focused on work we also devise ways to make the studio creative and engaging. Deadlines and client calls are interspersed with occasional time outs.

 

I feel as women we tend to add softer elements to the work culture, like we have saree days, we play a game of taboo at lunch, or take an impromptu trip to Dilli Haat on a winter evening. Professional skills are layered with new learnings, like a recent photography workshop in Goa. This goes a long way in establishing a healthier and more productive work environment.

Women Entrepreneurship

Broadly speaking, women by their very nature create a nurturing environment around them. To value each other as individuals, encourage their creativity and out of the box thinking, to be sympathetic to shortcomings that others face without naming or shaming them are essential to the growth of any organisation.

There is no room for hierarchy, we’re not ‘bosses’ or ‘employees’, we’re just people who get together every day to do something we love. A flat structure with no silos allows everybody to be involved with every job happening in the studio. Which further means that if one person is crunched for time, or has a personal emergency, the others can cover.

 

I find that women are more cooperative in a team environment and especially when there is a non-threatening work culture that isn’t based on competition and one-upmanship. Values like these make it a place you want to come back to every morning.

Women Entrepreneurship
Women Entrepreneurship

Having created our own unique work culture, GCD Studio continues to be among the leading design studios in the country. Having worked with an impressive list of clients, like the Oberoi and Trident Hotels, Lemon Tree Hotels, The Times of India, Spicejet, Daawat, to name a few, as well as playing a key role in guiding new companies like Veeba, Eazydiner and Farmveda.

 

We consciously keep a balance between commercial projects that keep the bottom line healthy and socially supportive projects, which we often do pro bono. Moreover, taking our in-house work culture forward we have been able to create long term professional relationships with our clients; some more than 20 years.