Exploring Art, Light, and People With A Thoughtful Photographer

When Ellie Thomson’s compelled by an emotion, she takes a photo.

Ellie is a student at Indiana University with a strong presence on Instagram and a passion for taking beautiful, clean photos that play with light. In addition to photography, Ellie enjoys keeping flowers, exploring farmer’s markets and appreciating thoughtful design.

This week, we’re thrilled to have Ellie takeover our Instagram feed and share photos from days in her life. In our interview, Ellie explains how she keeps a cohesive visual presence on Instagram (and why it’s important to do so), what she likes to photograph the most, and which contemporary “iphoneographers” inspire her.

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All About Fashion: Designers, Bloggers and Photographers

To celebrate fashion weeks around the world, we’re highlighting some of our favorite fashion bloggers, photographers and designers in our community.

Up first is Nigel Barker. Nigel is a fashion photographer, author, filmmaker and humanitarian. Nigel released his book, Models of Influence: 50 Women Who Reset The Course Of Fashion, this year.

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#aboutmeLIVE with Illustrator + Animator Rachel Ryle

Rachel Ryle has set Instagram on fire.

With over 500,000 followers, this extraordinarily talented illustrator, animator and storyteller is winning and in demand.

The Boulder-based artist is so much in demand that she was number one on Buzzfeed’s most creative Instagram accounts, MTV says she’s changing the way we see the world and she’s working with top brands like Starbucks to help them connect deeper with their customers.

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Passport to India

Welcome to India.

This week, we’re off to India, seeing the country through the eyes of four community members: Binoyeeta (whose photo heads off this post), Girish, Divya and Zabeeh. What unites these people, along with their residency in India, is a love of travel and adventure.

India ranks top 5 for countries that most of our community lives in. With a long history with deep regional culture, India is the second most populated country on earth with its population hitting 1.2 billion in 2013 and continuing to grow. Today’s community members come from some of the most populous cities in India: Bangalore, Mumbai, and New Delhi. 

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One Designer’s Secret To Unlocking Creativity

Liang Shi embraces fun.

Fun might be the last value you’d expect from a designer who founded a company in a weekend and grew a site from 2 to 14 million unique visitors in one year. Liang’s story proves that fun might actually be the key ingredient to success.

Refreshingly candid about her experiences, Liang opens up to us about life as a Creative Director at Soma, the idea behind her companies FUN FUN FIELD TRIPS! and FUN FUN DINNERS! and her belief that vulnerability can lead to strong connections.

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Social good, Design & Social Media: Staff Picks

This week’s Staff Picks were especially difficult to narrow down especially with creative people like Robert E. Smith (in our header photo) in the running.

A creative photographer, illustrator and writer, Robart as he dubs himself, has designed everything from postage stamps to billboards. Check out his page to see his designs in his Behance app and his Blogger app to see more of his photography skills. And don’t forget to send him a compliment!

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Startups and Self Starters: Staff Picks

Happy Weekend everyone! It’s time for our Saturday Staff picks and, as usual, we had a difficult time narrowing it down to just four pages. The ones we’ve selected today, however, all seem to have something in common, they’re all self starters who have founded their own companies at one point or another so be sure to see what they’re working on now.

As you’re browsing the three pages below, don’t forget to check out Alyssa Casares in our header photo. She’s a 22 year old, self taught fashion designer with her own line of limited run, handcrafted clothing called Alyssa-Nicole. Check out her page to see her designs and send her a compliment.

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