Easle expands

Easle expands

by Fran Danczak

Freelance creative hiring platform Easle has added photography, animation, filmmaking and product design to their current roster of graphic designers and illustrators. To vet these disciplines Easle today announced they have partnered with four new ambassadors – Rebecca McClelland (photography), Daniel Britt (animation), Fred Scott (filmmaking) and Matt ‘Mills’ Miller (product design).

“Hiring creative talent is more than looking for checkbox skills – just because someone can use the Adobe suite doesn’t mean they’re right for the job. You need to understand their style and visual personality. Portfolios have been used to hire creative talent offline for years – but for some reason in tech platforms they’re not such a consideration. We’re bringing them back.” – Nick Gubbins, Easle CEO

Easle ambassadors review all applications to the site to ensure quality, and Easle vets all clients. Built specifically for hiring creative talent, Easle takes a portfolio first approach, with their project management flow built to cater for the needs around this. In addition to an entirely updated project management process, Easle has today added a rolodex function to save favourite talent, team collaboration tools, better contract building and invoicing capabilities. From a creative point of view, Easle offers a paperless service, with online capabilities to take care of contracts, timesheets and invoicing, including automated invoicing reminders to clients.

Joining current ambassadors Claudine O’Sullivan (illustrator and winner of 2017 World Illustration Awards Professional Advertising award) and Sam T Smith (graphic designer, curator of the ME&EU Post Card series currently on display at The Design Museum and winner of 2014 D&AD New Blood Black Pencil) are;

Rebecca McClelland: Photographic Director and Art Producer, Rebecca has been a photo editor at the Sunday Times Magazine, was New Statesman’s first ever photographic lead as well as working at Wallpaper*, Art World and Avaunt and PORT magazines – where she received a D&AD award for Magazine & Newspaper Front Cover Design. Just her first foray with D&AD – as Rebecca is now a D&AD Next Photographer Jury member amongst a plethora of other judging and teaching responsibilities.

Daniel Britt. Daniel is an animator who counts Creative Review, Amnesty International, Nike, Vice and Wieden + Kennedy as clients. He was selected as one of just 22 animators worldwide to contribute to Rick & Morty’s Exquisite Corpse and was on of the first ever It’s Nice That Graduates in 2009.

Fred Scott. Filmmaker Fred has directed music videos for Laura Marling, The Maccabees and Mumford & Sons, been awarded and nominated for a Grammy’s, the British Arrows, the Campaign Big Awards and the MTV Music Video Awards and he has worked for clients including IKEA, Stella Artois, Kooples and Pride in London.

Matt ‘Mills’ Miller. Mills is co-founder of international product studio ustwo – the company behind digital experiences including iPad Game of the Year & BAFTA winning Monument Valley.

“What immediately drew me to Easle is the immense opportunity that the platform offers, to easily source and commission from a carefully curated pool of talent. The team at Easle are looking to make the process more transparent, faster and easier by using technology whilst keeping the visual work front and centre. I’m really excited by portfolios I’ve seen and I’m confident that these photographers can produce well crafted and meaningful work for a diverse range of brands” – Rebecca McClelland, Easle Photography Ambassador

Easle also provides end to end project management tools, from enhanced artist search to inbuilt messaging, a contract builder, timesheet uploads and one click payment approval from clients. Invoices and payment reminders have also been automated, with the aim of reducing the number of late payments and amount of time spent by artists chasing for payments.

Luke Tonge

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