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featured9 - Battling the Digital: Why Are Throwing Events Still Relevant Today?

Battling the Digital: Why Are Throwing Events Still Relevant Today?

featured9 - Battling the Digital: Why Are Throwing Events Still Relevant Today?

In terms of territories and drastic changes, events are seemingly in a precarious circumstance. Back in the day, events were completely necessary. Now that everything’s mostly digitalized do they still carry the same relevance?

There are people that tend to think that hosting events may not have the same efficacy as they did before as people tend to mostly meet and discuss things online. There are also those that believe that throwing or hosting an real world event is still as relevant as ever.

For the sake of argument, let’s take a look at both sides of the event discussion.

Digital

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Highly Accessible

A digital event like an e-symposium or an e-panel means that anyone with an internet connection and a standing knowledge of the address of the event can access it. This is not to imply that all digital events are free.

There are digital events which require a small menial fee but can still be access no matter where you are on the globe. That’s a different level of connectivity that cannot be beat.

May Lack Credibility

The trouble with a digital event is that people like to say that they’re going but end up not going at all. This is due to the fact that most people tend to doubt the credibility of people who throw digital events. People tend to think if others do not spend money to rent out a venue and pool people together that their words do not mean much or aren’t valuable.

This is a sad misconception that limits the true reach of a digital event.

Real World

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Credibility

When a business or a person takes time to organize and host an event, it pretty much stamps a seal of ‘credibility’ over the associated origin or host. There is a reason why a lot of governments host events to really help promote their tourism.

Networking

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, real world events often equal networking opportunities which can bolster one’s business and future event. When you host an event, you effectively open your brand to be perused and even be coveted by others.

If you do this professionally, hosting an event is pretty much your bread and butter.

To Wrap Things Up

Events, regardless of the shape or form that they take, will always carry relevance with it. While there are certain aspects which one will have over the other, it does not change the fact that events are important. They’re a good way to exchange ideas and continuously improve one’s processes and efficacy.

Do you think throwing or hosting events is still highly relevant today? If so, why do you think so?

featured8 - Choosing Your Platform: Why Are Open Platforms Best for Budding Artists?

Choosing Your Platform: Why Are Open Platforms Best for Budding Artists?

featured8 - Choosing Your Platform: Why Are Open Platforms Best for Budding Artists?

Art and artists certainly need to embrace the future. A lot of the time, a lot of budding new artists tend to get left behind due to the inability to choose their particular platform. Being an artist in this century can be quite difficult.

Not only are you facing constant criticism over the validity of your art form but heaven forbid if you try out a different medium that wasn’t used by any of the great masters. When you are an artist of this generation, technology will play a big part in what you choose to do. That being said, it would be good for budding artists to explore open platforms.

What is an open platform?

This term is generally used for software and even hardware which was not tied down to a particular brand. The common trouble that a lot of digital artists face is the fact that they tend to use different programs so when they face an error or a problem, it can be hard for them to find a solution.

Asking around would be difficult as well since you’d have to find someone who used the same sort of program or hardware that you did.

Why go with an open platform?

Here are a few good reasons why an open platform would be good:

Feedback and Support

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Most open sourced or open platforms have a very supportive community to them. Other users of the same platform tend to share any issues and solutions that they’ve found. Artists need a good supportive community behind them.

That way, they’ll be able to grow in a more positive way rather than negatively.

It’s Affordable

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Most open platforms like tablets or an art program tend to be free. This is because they are usually developed by other artists themselves. Made by artists for other artists, so to speak!

As such, artists generally do not need to worry about shelling out something excessive in order to get started on their artistic journey.

To Wrap Things Up

Open platforms make being a connected artist a heck of a lot easier than other platforms do. When it comes to choosing the type of open platform you’re going with, it would still be best to apply a bit of critical thinking and decision making. As there are more open platforms available both online and offline, it would be highly important that an artist chooses one which works well for what they need.

Have you tried out different open platforms? Which one worked best for you?

featured7 - Earth as a Canvas: How You Can Utilize Nature as a Backdrop for Your Event

Earth as a Canvas: How You Can Utilize Nature as a Backdrop for Your Event

featured7 - Earth as a Canvas: How You Can Utilize Nature as a Backdrop for Your Event

When it comes to planning an event, it is always important to consider the backdrop. Chances are, people will tend to forget the name of the caterer or even what the event was. What they will remember is what they felt when they gazed upon a natural backdrop—at least, that’s what we’ve constantly heard when we ask people about it.

In light of this, we wanted to talk about how you could suitably utilize nature as a backdrop for your upcoming event. Here are a few tips you can take with you:

Scope out the Area

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One of the best things about events is that you let yourself really get to know the place that you’re aiming to host your event at. When you scope out the area, it would be good to ask for gallery photos of the place.

Utilize those shots to get a better feel of the sort of lighting that they tend to get in the really different seasons or weather conditions. The really good event locations are able to provide at least portfolios that can help to influence your decision.

Understand your Event

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Of course, the sort of backdrop that you need should be in line with the sort of event that you’re throwing. For example, if you’re having a wedding, you need to place a focal point for the altar or where the bride and groom will be seated during the reception. You may also need a backdrop for a professional like a doctor or a chiropractor in riverside who may need a holistic scenery for their practice.

If your event is a birthday, the backdrop will more likely be used for the activities sprawled along the premises. The backdrop should enhance your event and not overrun it. So a balance needs to be struck with your event.

Use Nature’s Light

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One of the biggest sells of natural backdrops is the fact that that lighting is all natural. This can mean really wonderful photographs with the right photographer. It’s not just the photos that you’ll be getting when you go with a natural backdrop.

Your guests get to enjoy being outside for a change. What is interesting is that there are certain venues which have an option for an indoor set-up yet have large windows which still let you have a natural backdrop.

To Wrap Things Up

Utilizing a natural backdrop is not only smart but it’s going to save you a pretty penny. Instead of relying on floral arrangements or even porting inexpensive lighting equipment, you can let Mother Nature wow your clients and your guests. Making use of heaven and earth to give your event a wow factor is simply a truly smart move.

Would you consider using nature as your backdrop? How would you utilize it for your event?

featured6 - Events In Motion: Why Should You Attend Event Planner Symposiums?

Events In Motion: Why Should You Attend Event Planner Symposiums?

featured6 - Events In Motion: Why Should You Attend Event Planner Symposiums?

If you happen to be an event planner or are in the business of events in general, there is a lot to be gained by being part of an event planner symposium.

What is an event planner symposium?

A symposium, by definition, would be a sort of conference or gathering with the intent to discuss and explore a particular subject or topic. A lot of different professional fields often hold symposiums because of the many benefits that attendees and exhibitors get to enjoy.

Benefits

When you really think about it, there are A LOT of different benefits that one would be able to obtain from attending an event planner symposium—especially when you work (or are planning to work) in that particular field.

Here are a few of them:

Networking

In the land of events, connections are everything. If you’re planning to run a successful event agency, you will need to carry a list of trusted connections especially when it comes to venues, catering, and other sort of suppliers.

Symposiums are an ideal place to meet and secure alliances with other firms or suppliers. We use the word alliances as it is quite easy to find yourself on the negative side of a bad deal or a competitor. If you make good deals, you’ll have a better chance of being prioritized even when it’s at the last minute.

Think Tank Environment

The world of events is one which changes quite drastically. So when you start to think that you’ve got the whole thing figured out, that’s when a new trend can knock you off your confident feet. A symposium that’s dedicated to event planners emphasizes the need for continued knowledge.

The panel discussions will be talking about a myriad of relevant topics like new technologies or the latest trends when it comes to specific events like weddings or even press junkets. It is always important to continuously sharpen your knowledge about events.

Exposure

If you happen to be one of the people who have been invited to be part of a panel, you do well to add to your credibility by being part of the symposium. Exposure is one which cannot be understated in the land of events.

Your name is your brand and if you do—or say—the right thing at a symposium, you can fully expect clients to come running after you.

To Wrap Things Up

A symposium is always a great place to get started on your networking or growing your understanding of your particular field. An event planner symposium is a great event wherein many experts in their field are willingly sharing their expertise on the different angels that need to be considered when it comes to throwing or hosting events.

Do you work in an event planning related field? Would you consider attending an event planner symposium?

featured4 - Art Overrated: What Is “Good” Art?

Art Overrated: What Is “Good” Art?

featured4 - Art Overrated: What Is “Good” Art?

Through the ages, the topic of art has always been one that has been met with a lot of criticism and debate. This is particularly true with the more modern artists. It seems that the general public tends to be at odds when it comes to the artists that should be venerated and the ones that should have been ignored.

A lot of modernistic art pieces have been quite dubious at best. For example, there was a pair of glasses that were left on the floor of an art gallery and people honestly thought that it was ‘art’ or part of the exhibition. Another such example would be the night janitress who mistakenly threw away an art installation simply because she thought it was garbage left on the floor.

More often than not, there is no longer a standard on what is considered to be good art. A lot of this, most people blame, quite conversely on the subject of technology and innovation. The popular mediums of art were paintings and sculptures which were shaped out of marble or clay. In today’s world, pretty much anything is considered art.

To be honest, a good way to determine what good art is would be through these small little parameters:

Engagement

Art, in its purest sense, is made to convey a message or to provoke thought in the viewers. If a piece of art is enough to make you stop in your tracks and consider whether there is merit in the art—then it has accomplished its job.

Art is meant to arrest an individual and captivate their attention. Whether that attention is positive or negative, it doesn’t really matter. Art is the catalyst for thought and conversation—for action and introspection.

Passion

One of the reasons why the arts of the masters were considered to be so good was because you can feel the absolute passion of the artists pouring forth from their chosen medium. The same was that performance arts can evoke a reaction out of you because of the inherent passion that is carried and cultivated underneath.

Passion is a key ingredient for art. If you cannot feel anything from the art piece—not even the intent—then you can actually say that the piece is flat and will require further work.

To Wrap Things Up

Whether or not an art piece is going to be considered ‘good’ is often subjective. There could be a piece that is celebrated by critics but panned by other artists or art lovers. The funny thing about art is the fact that most people generally attribute ‘good’ art to the pieces that were produced by the great ones like Michelangelo and those that came in his time.

Do you share the belief that art is overrated? What are your parameters for ‘good’ art?

featured1 - What Is Art: Our Personal Responses in a Nutshell

What Is Art: Our Personal Responses in a Nutshell

featured1 - What Is Art: Our Personal Responses in a Nutshell

When it comes to the topic of art, people are usually at odds regarding what it is or what is even considered to be acceptable forms of art. Before we get started, we’re truly happy that you’ve chosen to join us as we go on an exploratory journey regarding both arts and events. For today’s discussion, we wanted to explore one of the more common questions that is aimed toward art lovers.

This question being: what is art?

While seemingly a simple question, many of us start to truly look outward and inward to try to answer this. Here are some of the more cohesive responses that our writing team has managed to convey:

“Art is beauty and ugliness. It is both together and apart. Art is cannot be one without the other. The best pieces of art highlight the polar opposites.”

“Art is one of the driving mechanisms behind great upheavals. A majority of the greatest movements was, at the core, an intrinsic belief that certain people were indulging on the beauty of the world while they had to do without.”

“Art is a pursuit. Whether that pursuit is successful or not, it is up to the eyes of others to determine. After all, the greatest artists of our time didn’t even know the worth of their own work. Art is frustratingly reliant on the input of others in order to be legitimized.”

To Wrap Things Up

Art is a fully human concept that continues to affect and elevate lives regardless if they actively seek it or not. One of the best things about art is that it can be pretty much everywhere and at any given time. So even if you aren’t all that interested in it or aware of its existence, it is constantly around you with the colors, hues, tunes, and sights that can just as easily be overlooked.

What’s your take on art? What do you think art is?

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