'Toto' (Aleksina Teto)
A Canadian designer, writer, typographer, and artist.
Finding Your Voice
Having a voice, expressing your own identity, being authentic, knowing yourself... As our culture changes, and information is more readily available, more people know how to do specialized tasks. Especially with creative fields, the amount of people who have skills in video, painting, digital art, audio... you name it, is flooded. Though they are skills you can develop for a whole lifetime and still have more to learn, the knowledge is easily accessible and many people know and use those skills.
Adapting to Your Limits
Mental and physical health shapes your life. Whether you are in peak shape, or you are struggling, it will change how you approach life.
How I Got Creating Again
There have been moments I've questioned if I'll ever want to create again. At times it gets bad enough I question my own ability at creativity. Months on end of not wanting to draw, write, record... do anything that requires developing an idea. When I do begin to try, I question every stroke and every sentence. Nothing quite hits the mark.
Creativity, Culture, and the Factory Mindset
Creativity, Cultural Shift, Labour, Factories Getting labeled as creative, there's a motivation or pressure to always be creative. If you draw, write, craft, it "must spread into other avenues." In some cases, that is true. Thriving off creativity, normally something on my plate is creative, whether it's a drawing, a meal, or how I'm going to tie my shoelaces.
Can an Artist Enjoy Web Development?
If you are reading this, my purpose of this article is for people like the 18-year-old me who felt lost, looking for a career in a creative field.
Recently, the white page has been winning. Sitting down to create, I get distracted by Netflix, my phone, video games, eating, staring at a ceiling chanting... it's been bad. I managed to convince myself I wasn't creative. Looking back at my creative output from this last year, I found myself getting anxious, as if it was a callout, rubbing in self-esteem issues. Within that, I managed to convince myself I lost all creativity I once had.
Being Creatively Consistent
Consistency. Creativity. Expansion. Authenticity. You might have heard this preached ad nauseum, to be successful online, you need to be consistent and genuine. You need a schedule. You need to be you.
No Resolutions for the New Year
New year, new you, new expectations of who you should be. With each year, it is so tempting to make resolutions and promises to yourself of the person you want to become in the coming year. There is a glow of optimism, and maybe a little nervousness. Fitness, career, personal... there is always an area that could be better. We are human.