Collaboration. It’s been around since the beginning of time and its results have varied greatly. Some people get prickly about the idea, thinking that it means that the best solution is not arrived at, simply the one that the most people agree upon. Often times this is the case. But I have a fine example of collaboration recently where we played off of each other’s strengths and capabilities and came up with a fabulous solution.
My fabulous design collaborator and best friend is none other than Daniela Panigada. She is also a graphic designer and we completed (literally back-to-back in the studio) the BFA program at Indiana University. Her website and portfolio can be viewed here.
Daniela and I have been collaborating for a long time, so we have a rhythm we tend to fall into. We needed a card for a baby shower what was taking place in 15 minutes. Not a lot of time to come up with something, but we knew we had no choice. We had computer paper and a ton of construction paper. So we got to cutting and pasting. We were able to easily bounce ideas off of each other and take one person’s idea and grow it into an even better idea. Daniela has great skills in the hand-drawn arena so we made sure to utilize that skill as well.
All in all I think we came up with a great card that our work colleague ended up loving! We called it “French Baby.” So collaboration can have it’s ups and downs, but sometimes you find that right person where collaboration goes great and everyone is heard and ideas are respected. Always keep those people in you back pocket. You never know when a collaborative effort will present itself!