CREATE PH 2018:
This year, on their second run, CREATE Philippines focused on Communication Design - a multidisciplinary practice that shapes ideas and information into clear and better messaging delivered through various forms of media.
The two-day event featured Design Masterclass, portfolio exhibitions, and networking events for industry institutions, agencies, freelancers, emerging talent, and Communication Design students.
Of course, it was only right for Team 9Grids to learn from the best of the best. So, three of our own joined this convergence of ideas to gather insight, tips, and knowledge from experts in the industry.
Drinne, Clare, and Riza at CREATE PH event
The speakers were some of the most notable directors, designers, and entrepreneurs of today — Chris Do, founder and CEO of brand strategy design consultancy Blind; Jowee Alviar, founder of Team Manila; Dan Matutina, graphic designer and illustrator; AJ Dimarucot, graphic designer, entrepreneur, and restaurateur; Mark Deutsch, art director, illustrator and writer; Rolland Banez, a leading authority on creative applications; Raxenne Maniquiz, graphic designer and illustrator; Angel Guerrero, founder of Adobo Magazine; and Paolo Mercado, Senior Vice President for Marketing, Communication and Innovation at Nestle PH.
Jowee Alviar, whose brainchild is the Team Manila Graphic Design Studio, talked about growing a design business and how it all begins with developing your work ethic early on. “Set dreams and visions in creating your own brand by declaring your intent and purpose.” He also shared about how they went from having a small house for their headquarters to having several Team Manila stores in the country, all thanks to consistently creating designs and collaborations.
Jowee left a remarkable advice to creatives: “Take on challenges — everything is a learning process. Challenge yourself, accept projects, and do your best to pull it off. Try to explore your ideas and don’t wait for a client. Set short term and long term goals. And with all these, remember to stay humble — know that there’s so much yet to learn.”
Source: CREATE Philippines
As per AJ Dimarucot, life is one’s greatest design project. Passion is what you love and profession is what you’re good at. According to him, that passion can become your profession, if you keep on practicing until you become proficient at it. He also shared these striking words:
“One day, there won’t be OFWs. There will be Online Filipino Workers. We will export ideas, not export people.”
- AJ Dimarucot, graphic designer and entrepreneur
Chris Do during his six-hour session (Source: CREATE Philippines)
“If you want to double your income, you will have to be twice the person you are today.”
On the second day of the event was Chris Do’s masterclass, where he shared bits of wisdom and learning. In his six-hour session, it was clear that his knowledge was something worth absorbing. His process and his philosophy were definitely something one would aspire, and strive, to have.