Graphika Manila 2016: Blind / Matthew Encina

If you think we’ve had enough of the Graphika Manila talks, think again. We’re still on a high from all the inspiring things every speaker shared! Different stories, different ways of creating — but one thing made us gather here: passion.

Before he started pitching those crazy awesome ideas, Matthew Encina told us about his love for video games and how he spent thousands of hours playing them. Who’d have known that something our moms kept telling us back in the days were unproductive-activities-go-stretch-your-muscles-play-outside turned out to be a good thing after all?

Blind is a multi-disciplinary design studio based in Santa Monica, California. They have produced award-winning videos that combine design, animation, live action and visual effects. For over 19 years, Blind has worked with Fortune 500 companies to start-ups including Microsoft, Xbox, Nike, Sony Playstation, Mitsubishi Motors, Audi UK, Electronic Arts and artists such as Justin Timberlake and Coldplay. Blind is represented by creative director, Matthew Encina.



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The Breakfast Series: Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast


At one point in the book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice laughed: “There’s no use trying,” she said, “one can’t believe impossible things.” The Queen replied, “I daresay you haven’t had much practice. When I was younger, I always do it for half an hour each day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

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Have you ever observed children as they play?

Give them crayons, a piece of paper and the liberty to draw whatever, or wherever they want.

They’d go crazy scribbling lines in a multitude of directions and in a splash of colors far more extensive than the rainbow. You’ll see them doodling all over the paper, floor and walls. And, they wouldn’t feel sorry that they did.

We were all children once, unafraid and relentless in our ways. We colored outside the lines, before we grew up and we were taught to stay inside them. We used to travel to worlds our imaginations built, before we understood the world we live in, and decided this was enough for us. We’ve become so confined and fearful of how we should fit in, that we’ve lost touch of how we naturally stood out.


I hope we find it again in ourselves to be unapologetic for who we are, to be courageous enough to express ourselves creatively, and to live our lives uniquely.