Blog of Nela Dunato

Case Study: Rikon Logo Design Process

Published on at 20:03 in Graphic design, Creative process, Branding

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Rikon is a sci-fi and fantasy convention held annually in Rijeka, Croatia. Even though it has a longstanding tradition (since 1997), it never had a logo. I set out on a task to create a logo design and branding guidelines for this convention that caters to a variety of interests and age groups. See my logo design process from sketch to finish! Read more...

Sell Your Idea Before It's Ready

Published on at 20:32 in Tips for creatives, Productivity

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In the start-up world people often present early concepts of their work because they don't want to put thousands of hours of work and boatloads of money into something that isn't even interesting or useful to other people. And what do most of us do? We wait until we build it — no actually, we wait until we perfect it — and then we show it to the world. Read more...

Artsy Weekend in June part 2: Freaky Friday art show

Published on at 16:04 in Art, Personal

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This Friday I was exhibiting my art in Zagreb during the Freaky Friday event. Freaky Friday takes place each Friday the 13th and it features performance artists from all over the world, as well as local visual artists. I displayed my 10 darkest artworks in various techniques including paintings, drawings and mixed media collages. Read more...

Artsy Weekend in June part 1: Witching Day and Wallpeople

Published on at 20:06 in Art, Personal

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Last weekend was filled with various cultural events here in Rijeka, and sadly I couldn't get to visit all of them, but those I did visit I thoroughly enjoyed. I'm continuing the tour next weekend, so I'm making this a 'part 1' of a series, starting with Witching Day and Wallpeople 2014. Read more...

6 Things I Learned From a Successful Blogger (And How I Applied Them)

Published on at 08:10 in Thoughts, Tips for creatives, Personal

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About a month ago I took part in a free CreativeLive workshop Build a Successful Creative Blog taught by April Bowles-Olin of Blacksburg Belle. Some of us who attended decided to create a blog tour, highlighting our biggest takeaways. If you want to learn how to improve your blog (or start a new one) definitely read this post, and the other posts in the series. Read more...

The Meaning of Failure

Published on at 13:49 in Thoughts, Mindset

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Fear of failure is probably the single biggest thing that stops people from doing what they love and achieving success. Why is fear of failure so prevalent? Why do we allow it to govern our lives and prevent us from having what we want? What is the difference between people who embrace failing often as a part of their success strategy, and those of us who don't (and hence don't succeed)? The answer is: to some of us, failure is not 'just failure'. Read more...

Make better decisions & reach your goals with your superhero archetype

Published on at 22:02 in Mindset

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There's a saying (I have no idea where I first heard of it) 'If you want to achieve something, you need to think like a person who already did it'. In this post I'm sharing a technique you can use to get yourself into a mindset of this person. Here's the gist: create a 'superhero' persona that will step in and lead the way when you need to make decisions and take actions that will lead you toward your goals. Read more...

Welcome to my studio! This is where the magic happens

Published on at 17:19 in Personal

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For years I've been living in apartments with no room for a proper studio. I've been creating on kitchen tables, balconies, beds and even floors. All my art & craft supplies had to fit in two drawers. I tried to make the best of what I had. Now I have a wonderful dedicated room just for my creative work. It's an office and an art studio in one. I have plenty of room for creating, and enough storage space for all the art supplies and tools I own. I absolutely love spending my days here. Read more...

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