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3 years in Wexford

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Pixelpod 3 years in Wexford made with lego

There is a lot to do when you have your own design studio. Here are a few things we  have learned since we set up Pixelpod in Wexford town 3 years ago;

1. Never stop analysing and improving
Design tools are always evolving and customers needs have become more diverse, so it’s important to continue learning, and improving in, what you do. Our customer experiences matter to us. We look back at each project and decide what worked and what didn’t, and learn from our experiences. We want our clients to enjoy the time they spend with us and the project as a whole.

2. Take Breaks
Not just tea breaks or lunch breaks but we have learned that you need to take holidays away from the studio. Being creative every day isn’t always possible so you need to take a break from your work. If you don’t, you are likely to burn out. So it’s important to run away every now and then, have new adventures and experiences and refuel. Then come back, and give it all you have.

3. Remember to do it your way
Knowing what other studios are doing well locally, nationally and internationally is really important, but you need to carve your own design path. We have spent time developing and improving our own design standards and processes. Don’t just look for inspiration online but in books, music, your interactions and personal experiences and make every design project count.

4. Don’t try and do it all
Designers are problem solvers and we sometimes like to think we can solve all the problems even the non-design related ones. So our advice for anyone setting up their own design studio is know what your really good at, know what your ok at and then with everything else ask an expert in that field.

5. Happiness is infectious
When James and I first talked about what we wanted for ourselves and Pixelpod studio we knew it was all about happiness. Happiness for ourselves and the designers and clients we work with. In the last 12 months we have take better steps to make the studio a happier place to be. We have redesigned how we work internally but also our surroundings. On Wednesday evenings we try to work on personal or non client work which allows us to discuss ideas we don’t normally talk about. Our studio is warmer (new heaters), we have a new kitchen and over all it’s a more interesting place to work Having a happy and positive work environment reflects positively on our work and on how we treat and interact with our clients. Lolly – an awesome brand and website designer, started working with us in April of 2016 and it’s been a lot less stressful since then!

The Rediscovery Centre

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Creative, educational and sustainable

The Rediscovery centre in Ballymun, Dublin is an impressive organisation. They are a social enterprise committed to finding new uses for materials or just revamping them. They also provide community employment and training through innovative reuse enterprises, creating new products from unwanted materials.

They are really resourceful revamping clothes into beautiful bespoke items, furniture restoration, and reusing paint. They even recondition, service and upcycle bicycles that would otherwise end up in landfill.

We should have a rediscovery centre  in every county in Ireland!

– and they also do gift vouchers! Call them 01 8429811 for more information.

Fat Bottomed Fairies

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Mixed-media artist Samantha Bryan, based in West Yorkshire, takes us into her world of fat bottomed fairies.

What are the day to day reality of fairies? How do the live? Not normally things we think about but these are the things Samantha Bryan thinks about.

“Inspired by Victorian Gadgetry and Invention Samantha Bryan creates suspended, wall mounted and free standing sculptures out of a combination of wire, leather, found objects & collected materials. These unusual sculptures depict everyday life in ‘fairyland’.”

Find out more on her website samanthabryan.co.uk.

Inspiring Quotes From Social Good Summit 2014

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Inspiring Quotes From Social Good Summit 2014

The fifth annual Social Good Summit is happening, where some of the most innovative minds in social good come together in New York City to discuss ways we can help solve the world’s biggest issues. The theme of the Summit is #2030NOW, which addresses the challenges our world faces now and in the future, and on the need for long-term, sustainable solutions to these problems.

You can watch the Social Good Summit Live courtesty of Mashable, or follow on social media using #2030NOW .

Dr. Donald Hopkins

Dr. Donald Hopkins

The Carter Center

Pharrell Williams,

Pharrell Williams,

Singer

Roxanne Rahnama

Roxanne Rahnama

Student Activist at UC Berkeley

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

President

Creative Compulsive Disorder

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Celebrating creativity in all forms… Zina we salute you!

In August 2013 my friend Zina asked if I could shoot a video for her portfolio. She needed something that would showcase her work but also tell a little bit about her personality and her interests. We had two days to shoot and edit so we shot an interview and smashed something together to meet our deadline.

On November 20, 2013 Zina passed away due to a hiking accident in Ouray, CO. After the funeral I revisited the footage and made this short as an attempt to capture her personality and creativity. I never planned to release it online but now I have a chance to share her and her creations with all of you!