Design Wednesdays: Vision Map


by Atim Annette Oton Have you sketched an idea down before for a client? Have you been keeping your dreams in your head. Well, it’s time to put it down on paper. And I call this process life mapping and my tool is a Vision map. A number of designers wonder and ask me why IContinue reading “Design Wednesdays: Vision Map”

Creating Income as an Artist or Designer


by Atim Annette Oton I woke up early this morning reflecting on how many artists and designers I had worked with over the last five years who came to me with just two or three income streams and they had never really looked beyond the two jobs or three opportunities in the years since they left school. It’sContinue reading “Creating Income as an Artist or Designer”

The Head Game: 6 Ways to Break the What Ifs to do Life’s Work


by Atim Annette Oton Most people wonder why I seem to move ahead and succeed in what I plan or intend. My simple response is that my head game is extremely focused and inline with my life, goals and objectives, and I am on a mission to fulfill my dream. Additionally, I think positively and actuallyContinue reading “The Head Game: 6 Ways to Break the What Ifs to do Life’s Work”

Enjoying the Creative Process: A Lifetime Process


by Atim Annette Oton Several of my last postings have focused on the perils of artists and designers;so this week, I begin exploring the process of creativity that blossoms in the hands of success. My good friend Patricia would say that New York’s sun affected my mood this morning so, alas, the positive mode. LastContinue reading “Enjoying the Creative Process: A Lifetime Process”

The Artist’s and Designer’s Cover-up: Fronting, Stuck, Hiding and Running Away


by Atim Annette Oton My last 13 years of working with artists and designers have revealed some deep and critical issues about how they handle themselves in crisis or make critical decisions. What it shows are four destructive paths that form the basis of self sabotage and result in failure, so when I began toContinue reading “The Artist’s and Designer’s Cover-up: Fronting, Stuck, Hiding and Running Away”

Change and Reinvention: The Art of Navigating your Art or Design Career


by Atim Annette Oton Change is one of the hardest places to get to or to do as an artist or designer, I know. Since graduating from architecture school in 1991, I have been strategic about making change and reinventing myself and career. The 1991 recession made me realize that it would be 10 times harder to get aContinue reading “Change and Reinvention: The Art of Navigating your Art or Design Career”

Succeeding as an Artist and Designer: Breaking through Failure


by Atim Annette Oton For the last 13 years, I have spent time counselling artists and designers about moving the careers to the next level. A good number of them have been emerging and established, but they have common threads when it comes to failure. Carolyn Edlund wrote the best list on how to fail asContinue reading “Succeeding as an Artist and Designer: Breaking through Failure”

Inspiring Designers Across the Globe: Making Sense of the Art of Doing


The Last Week: 7 days of Inspiring Designers by Atim Annette Oton This July, I decided to write a short series of inspiring notes for designers on my Facebook page called Lesson of the Day. It was simple, a daily motivational paragraph to inspire designers and others to rise early and do what they needContinue reading “Inspiring Designers Across the Globe: Making Sense of the Art of Doing”