Staying in Creative Shape — Ditch your Designer’s Block

1. Take a step back.

This is an easy one: make sure you take breaks from your work, especially if you work at a computer a lot. If you’re stuck, continuing to stare at a blank art board won’t help. Do some jumping jacks, walk around the block, look at a magazine; taking your mind off of what you’re stuck on can help tremendously. Even if it’s just for 5 minutes.

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2. Do some research.

Since we’re at our computers so much, finding inspiration often comes from things we find online. But there are so many other resources available. Art and design has a vast and fascinating history, which you can find all around us: books, architecture, signage, sculpture, etc. Check out your library, local museums, your town’s historical buildings, antiques shops, local art shows: you might be surprised at what you find!

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3. Don’t edit yourself.

Sometimes a project can seem overwhelming when you’re in the brainstorming stage: how do you know which concepts are worth keeping? Sometimes it’s not immediately obvious. Give your ideas a chance, sometimes others can see something brilliant in a concept you think is silly. It’s tough to get out of your own thoughts and get away from the voice in your head telling you to question yourself. Take as many of your ideas as possible to the next level, you never know what path your thoughts can take you.

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November is Peanut Butter Lovers’ Month!

In celebration, all of our work will be designed using peanut butter this month.
 
Here are some useful facts to impress your friends while attending numerous peanut butter parties. All but one is completely true:
  • It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
  • The average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before he/she graduates high school.
  • Peanut butter is consumed in 94 percent of US households.
  • Peanut butter is used as the brick mortar in our office. 

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Source: http://nationalpeanutboard.org/the-facts/fun-facts/

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NYC Business Expo

Anda is exhibiting at the NYC Business Expo. Visit us at booth #409 if you are attending!  

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October 21st is Apple Day!

An apple a day… you know the rest. But today is Apple Day! 

Apples are delicious, and they’re very healthy for you too. Apples are a designer’s favorite, as well!

We’re in apple cider season now, as well, so pour yourself a sweet and spicy glass and drink in the benefits.

  • It takes about about 36 apples to create 1 gallon of apple cider
  • Apples are grown in every state in the continental United States
  • Apples contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol and are a good source of fiber.
  • If you eat an apple before you work out, it can increase your endurance.

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Sources: http://www.eatingwell.comhttp://www.usapple.org/

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Take More Notes: A Designer’s Desk

Being organized is an important feature of doing good work and keeping a clear head, but when you’re busy, it’s hard to remember everything.

There are many ways we can use technology and productivity apps to remind us of what we need to accomplish. However, sometimes good, old-fashioned notes are the most direct way to keep tasks in sight/mind, and to jot down ideas. Who doesn’t like to jot?

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A Designer’s Desk: The Series (click here to see all three animated gifs)

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Anda’s new office spot in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Anda’s east coast studio has recently moved into a creative office space at 67 West St., within the vibrant neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Anda’s sister company Back Forty Creative, dedicated to design for farming and agricultural organizations, was looking for space in Greenthumb, Brooklyn. While Greenthumb does not actually exist, both Anda and Back Forty are happy to be situated in Greenpoint for now.
 
67 West St., Suite 401-C24
Brooklyn, NY 11222
O: (718) 383-1590
 
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Turn Off the Lights: A Designer’s Desk

Being organized is an important feature of doing good work and keeping a clear head. There are many ways we can use technology and productivity apps to remind us of what we need to accomplish, but writing yourself notes is a great way to keep track of your tasks and to feel connected to your work. It’s old-fashioned, but it works! Now all you need is a note to remind yourself to write notes.  

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Design Week 2014

At Anda Creative, we pretty much live each week like it’s Design Week. If you want to be like us check out Design Week 2014. Beginning on Monday September 22, AIGA St. Louis will host an annual full week of interesting and engaging design events. You can tour studios and agencies, listen to speakers, learn more about the local art scene, socialize with creatives and meet some new friends.

Check out their very lovely site: stldesignweek.com
…and RSVP to some events! See you there!

Your Field Guide to Design Week

The poster for one of the events during Design Week 2014 (below) was designed by Susannah Lohr, graphic designer at Anda!

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Meet Travis!

We are happy to introduce Travis White as our new Assistant Art Director. Travis will be helping to direct print and branding design projects, by bringing his fresh approach and set of eyes to our team. 

Originally from Central Illinois, Travis followed the typical baseball-to-art path which ultimately wound its way through Maryville University’s art & design program. He may have hung up his cleats, but he continues to hit his way through the St. Louis design scene, bringing his most recent in-house experience with him to our agency. Win-win!

Travis White
Assistant Art Director
(314) 394-0925

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Photography by Susannah Lohr

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