During these times of uncertainty, NMCO wanted to inspire others and help them focus on the brighter side of things. With this campaign, the team executed feel-good content based on what they or what everyone else may be experiencing during this time. With an artfully colorful and retro aesthetic, NMCO wants to show that even while socially distancing, we can celebrate collaboration, teamwork, and the simple things in life.
Each creative from NMCO was tasked to create three projects with no bounds in their creativity. Though the team was working independently, the campaign came together with a consistent look and presented in unity. Continue reading to check out this creative project and find out how you can get involved.
During the creation of the following animations, I took inspiration from the tools I had available to pass the time. Isolation can be a negatively powerful word if it’s not used correctly. Seeing this through a very optimistic perspective, we can perceive this unique time in our lives as an opportunity to self improve.
Music should be taken as a discipline, not as a distraction. Learning to play a new instrument will bring you peace and harmony, as long as you do it regularly.
Each day doesn’t have to be the same. Push yourself to find a good number of recipes to try each week. By the end of the quarantine, many inspired bakers and cooks will be born.
It’s fine not to be productive sometimes. Reward yourself. Enjoy your favorite show. You’ll get through this. You’ll be fine 🙂
When I think about looking on the brighter side of things, I think it’s all about perspective. Looking at what you have, and appreciating it for exactly what it is at that moment. During this quarantine period, we’ve all been thrown into a completely different lifestyle and have been required to adjust accordingly. I, for example, am regularly a very busy person who doesn’t spend a lot of time working on home projects. I have my schedule- I work, I come home, I cook, I exercise (if I feel like it), I go to sleep. But being forced to spend all of my time now inside of my home has made me look at my life from a different perspective.
Instead of stressing over the fact that my apartment doesn’t look how I want it to, I’m finding solutions that have been here the whole time. That old end table sitting in the spare room with clothes piled on top of it? I can move that into the living room, put some knick-knacks on it and use it as a little coffee table.
Instead of getting upset that my puppy is always biting me, I learned that she’s just losing all her baby teeth and she’s teething & needs something soft to pacify her. And it might seem strange or gross to some, but I’ve even found a couple of her baby teeth that had fallen out! Something I definitely would have missed in my normal rushed routine.
My world always seemed so imperfect and I felt like I was on a treadmill, desperately trying to get… somewhere, but never getting there. This time has allowed me to look at my little world with different eyes, and realize it is imperfect, but that I don’t have to run. I can stay here, and sit in gratitude for a little while.
I saw an opportunity for us all to become a bit more creative; even if you’ve never picked up a paintbrush in your life, this is the time to be expressive, explore your interests, and maybe try something you never thought you could before. Art has been my therapy through this time; do whatever you need to feel sane and happy and good inside, but remember that food is good for the belly, and art is good for the soul. Will my new knitting hobby change the world? No, definitely not; I’m making the ugliest scarf, I’ve skipped so many stitched and there’s no going back, but I couldn’t be more proud of myself. My point is that something spectacular can be made by your hands and what better time to do it than now? What is the chance that this new artistic skill you pick up could grow into something more than just a one-time activity? What if you discover something new about yourself in the process? I’m so excited to see what we will all create after coming out of this.
There are plenty of opportunities to discover personal talents or even something you enjoy doing. Maybe you’re not so good at it, but if you enjoy doing it it doesn’t really matter.
There has been a lot of time for experimentation with no expectation. That may be the best kind of experimentation. Not having to conform to a single rule. Just create.
That is what I would like to be doing during this time of prolonged solace. To explore deeper understandings and also create new perspectives. Especially with photography. I think everybody’s perspective has changed in the last month or so, but I am betting they know something better about themselves they didn’t before all this. And for the better.
For me, I realized that I started to appreciate the simple things more. I think that this ended up being a nice pause to reevaluate things that have fallen on the back burner or to appreciate tasks that I quickly rushed through. I think this is reflective of what everyone is experiencing right now. I have been spending this time being more mindful of things, like watering my plants and spending quality time with the pets. As a workaholic, I typically rushed through these moments so I could move on to the more “important” things. Man! I’m realizing that my priorities were a little skewed. Every day is a gift and something as simple as watching your plant grow is precious. I’ve also been prioritizing self-care which means reading books and meditating.
Even though this pandemic is a terrible thing that’s happening, I hope we can all take something away from it.
NMCO would love the opportunity to bring your brighter side moments to life through illustration, photography or graphics. Please leave a comment on our social media and tell us what your happier moments are that are helping you get through social distancing. You may be featured on our social media!