'Toto' (Aleksina Teto)
A Canadian designer, writer, typographer, and artist.
Dealing with Creative Failure
I hadn't really thought of it, maybe I just didn't want to, but I was really bad at my first official design job. I had almost no training aside from one actual design class and one marketing class. Having been taught on the job, I still sometimes fail a bit more than someone who went to university or who has been working for longer.
5 Ways to Make and Love Art Again
Have you ever sat down to draw or create art and just felt absolutely intimidated by the white page? Whether you have or not, it's still easy to get into a rut with art. You might find yourself drawing the same thing over and over again, or using the same colour scheme. Yes, styles and identifiable colour schemes can be absolutely lovely, but there are times when you just need to shake it up. But, for me at least, I can feel even more intimidated by trying something new when I'm already having difficulty with my staple.
How to Not Hate Poetry
So, I'm sitting down with a cup of coffee, chatting peacefully, but then it happens... somehow, we start talking about poetry. The idea of it makes me smile, while for my beverage buddy, they practically shudder with disgust.
Yes, You Can Be Creative | Part 1
Creativity has been given this reverence of almost divine intervention, which makes it extremely intimidating. But, I'm here to tell you that it isn't as complicated as you think. Even those who feel like they are the least creative people in the world are more than capable at being creative.First off, creativity isn't only art (drawing, painting, writing, music, etc.) Creativity is needed for business, organization, and a myriad of other areas. At its core, creativity is based in logic, and learning how to transfer logic.
Beginner's Guide: Deepening Creativity and Skill - Part 2
I've put so much time into creating, why do I still feel like I suck?Should I be trying a different medium?Will I be happier doing video or animation instead?Is it even possible for me to be a character designer?
Design Clients' Bad Wrap
Through the internet, you find a plethora of articles and posts inciting ideas of designers being hard done by. You hear of clients asking for infinite edits, many of which are supposedly stupid in the eyes of designers. But, after working in the design field for a bit over half a decade, I'm starting to think it's not as common as it sounds, and might be an issue of pride, or reevaluation.
A Millennial Looking up to Our New Generation
There is a dysphoria of the millennial. They were born in the era of hands on mechanical with just the beginning emergence of technology as we know it. So, at their core, in their formative years they have that love of the tactile, mechanical, and classic play, but also the wonder of evolution. And the rate of that evolution was staggering and more than we could ever imagine. The last 20-30 years have brought to us a whole new civilization, unimaginable to those from just a few decades ago. For those from rural areas, looking specifically at those who have moved to larger centres for their adulthood, the paradox of their childhood and now is even more paramount. In some cases, our future is more than they could have even imagined in their cardboard box space fantasies.
How to Be a Creative in 2018 | Part 1
We are reaching an era of infinite resources to be a creative. In that same vein, the market is becoming so saturated that creating starts to feel like playing the lottery.