Nicky Mazur
Hands-on art director with strengths and passions that extend into illustration, motion design, and branding.

Journal

Werk-Skewl-Lyfe Balance Be Cray AF

Oh man. Week 3 came with a pretty extensive wake up call. Before enrolling in this course, I made sure I was mentally equipped to put in the hours expected of me after work for class and assignments. What I was not mentally equipped to take on were just how late the late nights were going to be when you’re already doing the late-night thing for work.

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Generating Visual Concepts

Without geeking out too much over cognitive psychology and Gestalt Theory and such — there are two main modes of thinking when we are processing visual imagery: the logical, symbolic mode and the visual, artistic mode. Symbolic imagery communicates concepts, while not respecting the visual reality. Our logical minds take the visual information and understand the intended idea though it may not be true to reality.

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Being Your Own Success

Do what you love is the best advice I can give. Don’t limit yourself to one; try them all. Learn them all. You can learn anything that you put the time into. A school doesn’t make you successful — only you can motivate yourself to. As George Harrison of the Beatles said, ‘it’s all in the head, you know?

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2017 Thoughts

My curiosity lead me to some pretty awesome and unexpected places in 2016, and I have ultra-high intentions to make this year the most creative, worthwhile one yet. January was for getting my toes wet in the new year — but now, it’s time to get going on some goals.

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Back to the Basics

The thought was around that ‘New Age luh’ — the flawed communication in texting, jumping to conclusions, emojis, and exclamation marks to compensate for the lack of tonality and body language. We had very different interpretations behind the common texting tropes and wanted to create a back and forth visual series — to extend the conversation. ‘Mixed Messages’ was adopted as my project theme and I dove into the first week’s assignment. Stoked to blow out style frames for the series!

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'Bout To Get School'd

I’m 2.5 years into the post-college-sphere, getting a taste of all the common adulthood tropes: taking my coffee black; spending 60% of my headspace thinking how much I should work out; and hyperventilating during tax season, at every bill I get, and when Whole Foods is out of coconut cashew butter.

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Gettin' in Good with Your Aesthetic

Mustering up and cultivating my own specific aesthetic and style is something I’ve been tripping over lately. My work seems to go in all too many directions, as I keep dabbling in different mediums that excite me. I haven’t felt further away from a clear consistency in my work or an established style. And at the very least, it’s frustrating and summons doubt and question — am I truly defining myself as an artist with authenticity?

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Secret Sauce

Throughout the past year and a half in the industry, I’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by insightful creative leaders and thinkers. This week I went around with pieces of bright orange paper and asked them to spend just a few minutes writing down some bits of advice for junior-level creatives.

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Luring Out the Green Monkey

The Green Monkey is a 16 million dollar racehorse. Otherwise known to be highly sought over and majestic as hell. This is how I personify what a dope solution or innovative idea is in the industry we work in. We want to try to navigate the conversation with our clients in a way that can lure out the best possible work, something that goes beyond their expectations, and even goes beyond ours.

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D-D-Doubts

A: Every time I do something, I think — am I getting better at what I’m doing? Am I pushing myself when I take on the right projects? Or am I taking shortcuts, and doing it quickly for the money or because I don’t have enough time to do it?

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