eYeka is a company with a team, customers and naturally a community! Since January, 2015, there are 300 000 members on eYeka. But who are they? What they do make? In this post, we are looking at the top eYeka members, ranked by Creative Score, a measure which we introduced in April last year and reflects activity and performance on the platform. You will see that the three top creators are women, and that a variety of continents are represented, which is fantastic to highlight!!
Chintami has a creative score of 1,031,760 as I am writing this post, and she is the only one (today) to have reached the step of the 1 million! Chintami is a 27-year-old designer based in Jakarta, who loves exploring new things and improving her skills on anything related to art & design. This young, talented lady is a designer by day and a contestant by night. And on top of that, she is also an illustrator and children’s book author! Chintami Ricci creator has participated in numerous competitions (218 at the moment!) and she won contests for Hyundai, Nestlé Fitness, SK-II and more (30 in total!).
Chintami was creator of the month of January 2013, and in the post she explained her motivations to participate and shared a bit more about her life. “The first thing I like about eYeka is the access given to the creators to enter contests held by major brands with fantastic prizes,” she explained. She also designed an infographic for us, again using the motivations, the demography, and the activities of the community. It’s the members of eYeka illustrated! You can see here the full infographic in this article.
The first thing I like about eYeka is the access given to the creators to enter contests held by major brands with fantastic prizes. (Chintami)
AnnaNThang (called Holly McAlister in real life) is an American creator, she has a creative score of 914,690 as of today. She participated to 111 contests and she won 25 contests (Florette, DonCafé, Lesieur, etc.). She participates essentially in graphic design, illustration, creative writing and label & package design competitions. She was a Creator of the Month in January 2015, where she explained that she starts her days early and « loves starting creative work in the mornings with a solid pot of coffee and some Nordic ambient music.«
On the picture, taken from an interview by the Napa Valley Register, you can see her with Doncafé café packs. Why? Because Holly was a winner of the Doncafé contest where the purpose was to create a new irresistible design label for sachets and boxes. Here is how Doncafé found a pack design that stood out on shelves. As a top creative community member, she shares the following piece of advice: « Remember, eYeka brings in big brands and their marketing teams have seen it all — strive to surprise them!«
eYeka brings in big brands and their marketing teams have seen it all — strive to surprise them! (AnnaNThang)
Moroccan creator Samira-Rafi is ranked in third position, with a creative score of 910,040 as of today. She participated in 53 contests and she won 6 of them (Pringles, Nestlé Nido, etc.). Samira-Rafi was our Creator of May 2015 and she answered a lot of our questions with some great insights about her motivations and desires. « I discovered eYeka through a friend who told me about it at the appropriate time, when I was looking for new challenges and horizons to explore and express my creativity. I was very excited about the idea of participating in contests for international brands and confronting my skills to other creators’ all around the world. » To know more about her, read the full article!
I love participating in contests for international brands and confronting my skills to other creators all around the world. (Samira Rafi)
On the fourth place, we find Limandao (David in real life), a French creator with a creative score of 738,810. You can see one of his prize-winning creations on the Hyundai Brilliant Experience results announcement page, or directly on Hyundai’s brand page.
David was our Creator of the Month in July 2013, about 2 years ago, and told us that he discovered eYeka through a friend. He explained: « Thanks to the diversity of the competition I had the impression to get back the enthusiasm of the beginning of my career. […] eYeka allows you to put yourself in condition of an actual project production, “agency” type, while having the feeling of being totally free, you can let you go at 100% and it makes, in my opinion, everyone on an equal footing. »
eYeka allows you to put yourself in condition of an actual project production while having the feeling of being totally free, you can let you go at 100% (Limandao)
Carlos_takemoto is a videomaker and a designer from São Paulo and he’s known in the Brazilian Community for being a very nice guy. He has a lot of experience in video production, animation, advertising and television networks and he worked in several animation studios and TV channels. He participated in 123 competitions and won 11, allowing to have a creative score of more than 543,360 as I am writing this post.
He participated in contests for Coca-Cola, Tip-Top, Schick and many others! While many of his winning creations can’t be shown as he entered confidential contests, you can see his prize-winning posterof the eYeka Tagline contest where the purpose was to “create an inspiring, engaging poster with a tagline for eYeka, » as the brief explained. Carlos, who often participates in contests with members of his family, said at the time: « I discovered eYeka by chance and just joined in July 2012. Actually I never liked competitions, but I think eYeka has interesting contests that allow us to create and express freely. »
Actually I never liked competitions, but I think eYeka has interesting contests that allow us to create and express freely. (Carlos_takemoto)
Charly-dh, young 23-year old Belgian creator, has a creative score of 495,370 as I write. He won 7 contests in 57 participations, including the Pop Tops contest for Schweppes Australia Pop Tops, which asked to « create a bright, simple and playful print depicting how Pop Tops brings happiness to both moms and kids wherever they go. » Here, you can read an article on this contest.
When mentioning his first prize to this Pop Tops contest, he explained: « I’m very pleased to have won this contest. My friend and I will be back with more good ideas for eYeka! It’s every time with great pleasure that we discover the briefing. Keep it up and we’ll do the same. Thank you. » Note that last week, Charly-dh spoke in Cannes for the International Festival of Creativity (Cannes Lions), where he talked about his inspiration and how he ushers his creativity for big brands.
My friend and I will be back with more good ideas for eYeka! (Charly-dh)
Valerirr777 is a Russian creator of 25 years of age, and her score is 364,070. She participated in 38 competitions and won 7, like the eYeka Santa Claus contest where the members were asked to « surprise us with beautiful, original, and funny visuals that reveal how Santa can deliver presents to all children in the World on Christmas Eve!«
We featured her in the « 250,000 Of You » blog post, in which we shared some stories about active community members to celebrate the 250,000 member milestone. She said: « Before I used to live, work, develop myself creatively, but it did not bring the moral satisfaction. A lot of ideas were born but there was no one to share it with… But now, after I suddenly became a part of this amazing community of the most talented and gifted people, it feels like I opened my eyes for the first time!!! […] I participate in the contests because I want to share my ideas, express my creativity and to get the feedback! And I get it in every work, in every eYeka’s author !!!«
I participate in the contests because I want to share my ideas, express my creativity and to get the feedback!
Bubays (The Philippines)
Bubays is a creator from The Philippines, she has a creative score of 360,620, and she participated in 42 competitions to win 7 as of today. You can see one of her illustrations on the results announcement page of the Nestlé Fitness e-card contest, and on the press release that we issued to show how Nestlé used the entries in the end.
Bubays was our creator of April 2014 and she answered a lot of our questions about her story with eYeka. « I found eYeka when I was still a student searching for design contests in 2009. The first contest I joined was Coke Zero Video-Animation contest but it wasn’t until late 2013 when I participated in my next one. There will always be that hope of winning when joining contests but the major reason I join is because the contests’ real-world applications serve as really good training for me ». If you know more about here, read the full article!
I have always liked what eYeka achieves. It bridges the gap between major brands & creative people, many of whom are gifted but are either not recognized or not working within the industry. (Bubays)
Living in the Philippines, Ram is an active collective pof young eYeka members. Their score of 350,360 indicates that they participate a lot on eYeka, and indeed they participated in 46 contests and he won 10 (Nescafé, Nestlé Milo, etc.).
Ram were our Creator of the Month in July 2014, and they answered a lot of our questions about their way of working: « There are perks working as a team, and one of them is being able to pass multiple entries – one that has a great idea (then study different executions for it) and one that has a great execution (then research for an idea that works with it). » If you want to know more about Ram, read the full article here!
The best thing we like is the opportunity eYeka has been offering us – the opportunity to create and be credited for it – that’s basically what every artist wants. (Ram)
These are some of the best-ranked eYeka creators. eYeka has just crossed the 320,000 creators mark, stemming from 164 countries, and changed the lives of many creatives across the globe. Want to find out more or join the eYeka community yourself?