Ivan Arnold is a good friend of ours often reporting in from a helicopter somewhere exotic. He’s also the CEO of a very successful design driven company tokidoki, often feverishly hunting talent in our Creative Database, so we knew he’d have a valuable perspective on the design world.

Us old timers remember tokidoki as the personal portfolio website of the Italian based Illustrator Simone Lengno. tokidoki would constantly bloom with new brightly colored characters ranging from simple shapes to highly intricate illustrations with refreshingly no immediately apparent objective other than to co-exist in an imaginary world.

Sensing it’s potential, in 2003 Ivan Arnold and his wife Pooneh Mohajer brought Simone out to Los Angeles to launch a brand based on his artwork.

Today, tokidoki has grown to be an incredibly successful global brand which both by itself and through countless collaborations produces apparel, bags, shoes, toys, jewelry skateboards, gadgets, and even a cosmetic line!

There’s a lot of artists out there with day jobs who’d love their personal work to pay the bills. You seem to have a knack at making that happen. Certainly there’s no easy answer, but what advice do you have for someone trying to start their own brand?

I know its cliche but NEVER stop trying! Pooneh and I LOVED Simone’s work and we had a real passion for it. From the first time we met him, we dedicated ourselves totally to seeing his creative vision come to life in a real commercial sense. HOWEVER, when we launched tokidoki waaay back in February of 2005, there were some really really low times for us because people just didn’t get it at first, so we kept at it until the market responded a year later and finally GOT IT. And I think that’s what really separates …


We’ve recently launched some drastic improvements to our creative database search engine. Most notably, we have enhanced the location search, results sorting, and added a quick preview option to help you find the right candidate with the fewest clicks. You can now search and sort the entire Krop database of portfolios and resumes by: Location, Availability, 18 Specialties, Professional Level, Experience, and Education.

Visit the Employer Site for more information on searching the creative database , and as always please keep the suggestions coming!

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Creative Pro users will notice a new “iPhone Optimization” setting in their account manager. When selected, this will deliver iPhone users a mobile version of your portfolio when they visit it regardless of what your style you are currently using.

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A refreshing new style just in time for Spring! Skyline uniquely displays all the images in your sets without cropping them into thumbnails by staggering them vertically into rows (that looks a lot better than it sounds).

When a user clicks on one of your images they are launched into a FULL SCREEN image gallery, great for work that happens to be best enjoyed BIG!

Skyline is now available for Creative Pro users

 

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Welcome to the all new Krop.com. We tried to make everything a little better, and some things- a lot better.

Job Hunters: The ‘notes’ weren’t being used very often, so we ditched those. But you liked the stars, and you all wanted a “hide” option for companies that didn’t interest you, so we added that. We also made the searching / browsing of jobs and employers a bit more friendly than it was before.

Job Posters / Companies: We cleaned up the shopping cart, and job posting work flow. But more importantly, better site = more high quality candidates. The Creative Database has become a much more viable option to compliment your job postings over the last iteration and the new site reflects that.

Portfolio users: These days Portfolio hosting is the fastest growing part of Krop, and the new Krop site gives us a platform to roll out updates and new styles faster than ever.

Everyone: What gets our office buzzing the most is our new page we’re calling Pluck’t. Thousands of images are uploaded to the Creative Database every day, Pluck’t is a real-time collection of individual works that caught our staff’s attention.

As always, we want to know what you think – Questions & Comments: – support@krop.com

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Due to popular demand (and a few death threats) we re-worked the image upload workflow for portfolios. It’s a lot faster, more stable, and most importantly now supports multiple image uploads.

Happy new year!

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Introducing Charter, the newest addition to our portfolio style gallery. Charter is a variation of the Skyline style, which has quickly become one of the most popular looks in the gallery. We moved the title and nav up to the top to make more room for images, and put all sets into a big page, just to mix things up.

Our new friend Lionel wears it in style

 

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