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Creative Confusions

1. How do i play consistently in the game of life? (I know exactly what kind of life i want and i am working towards it everyday.. How do i bring in self-discipline, patience during times when things are not going my way.. and most importantly, stability of mind?)
A. I believe stability of mind is mostly disturbed by thoughts of different problems(some which we already have, some we anticipate that will happen in future). My usual idea to note down the problems (maybe on paper/else in mind). And see if it has a proper solution. If it has a solution then you already know the solution and can work towards it. This way you will at least know what problems are solvable and what are not. So whenever thought of unsolvable problem comes into your mind then you already know whether to worry about it right now or just postpone thinking about it as you know it does not have immediate solution.

Another idea is to try to postpone the problem for sometime, lets say for half an hour and maybe the need to think about it will be gone.
Like usually when I am about to go to bed in night, I always get two thoughts:
a. Have I wished everyone birthday on FB (easy task).
b. Have I delivered the pictures to all the clients? And replied to all the mails? (A little tough :D )
I tell myself that tomorrow morning I will wake up early and finish it all up. And go to sleep peacefully and it works most of the times.

2. My mind wanders a lot sometimes. I indulge in a lot of wasteful activities when I’m not feeling like working on my goals. How do i vent out myself constructively and be back to my goals with renewed vigor?
A. I think its human nature to be distracted. And new age also has reduced our attention span. The more we are forced to do some things at our workplace, more energy is wasted. And you can’t expect creative outputs when you are low on energy. You can challenge yourself to be away from Facebook for half an hour and keep increasing the time gradually. (Let me know how you can succeed at that :D )

Also a creative mind has a tendency to wander a lot. I also tend to like hundreds of things and my wishlist has lots of things to be done. But some are done, some are not.

3. Is it okay to follow somebody you aspire to be completely or you should be what you are and try to better yourself?
A. It is a very philosophical question I think. I personally do not aspire to be someone else. I try to keep comparing me with myself to keep improving and I do not try to push myself too much :D . I do have mentors who are much better than me and I keep seeking their guidance from time to time.

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Best Photography Business Card Design

Recently my visiting card got selected to be featured on the website http://www.cardonizer.com/ as one of the most creative business cards. I had not submitted the card to them but they themselves asked me if they could feature it. And I was more than happy. They also asked me few questions related to card, like what inspired, material and more designs. I had already planned to blog about the card. But then this thing happened before my plan could be executed. (For the past few months, I have not been allowed to be LAZY)


My visiting card which was featured amongst best visiting cards

So what inspired the card. When I started with the idea of the card. I had two things in mind, one it should be SIMPLE, and second it should connect to the heart. My website name had already been decided by then (http://cam-dev.in ), so I decided that my card will be a camera, a simple camera. So the first criteria got fulfilled, now the next task was to make it connect.

My 2year old nephew had a role to play in this, he had this nice toy camera and when I would go to my sisters place, he would relate to me with the camera. Whenever he saw that I was carrying a bag he would say khichik-khichik (click-click, his term for the camera) and try to see me through the viewfinder … so the idea was a simple camera with a viewfinder to see the world. So the front of my card was cam with dev written on it. (which made it relate to my website cam-dev). And while reading the contact information you could see the world through the viewfinder.

I designed the first draft in Adobe Photoshop (A mistake, as I am not really a design expert), then I was asked to convert it to vector format by the PrintXpress people.
My first design had a simple ring to denote the lens. It got reviewed by few of my friends and then I got it printed. It did not look like a lens and the card looked too empty. Also I had chosen 40% black for the contact details, which looked very light after print and it was not legible. So the card design was updated with a lens glare and color change for the contact details. I decided to go for the thickest sheet possible(280gsm ivory) , so that the card was more durable. Also the person at PrintXpress was quite helpful in doing the selection.

In between I had got 200 cards printed in Mumbai, hoping to distribute them when I went to Kingfisher Calendar Launch party. But I just gave 5 cards. So I decided that I will get the rest punched too. When I was collecting the cards from PrintXpress, then one gentleman asked me if he could have one for his collection. And I happily agreed.

**Update:
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