Sometimes, couples living in different places look for creative solutions to manage their long-distance relationship. But what about long-distance work environments, where teams live in other cities, yet succeed in creating stunning projects together and manage to maintain quality of work over a long period of time?
Today, our creator of the week is ZONAMIXTA MAGAZINE. They described their approach to working from distance through our five questions:
Who are you and what do you do?
Zonamixta Magazine is a project formed by six journalists – three in Barcelona and three in Madrid – who seek to tell stories that unite soccer, art, and culture. Roger, Blai, Joan, Manu, Óscar, and Alberto make up this beautiful project. Tired of seeing how illustrations and art were left aside as mere accompaniment to the text, we decided to create a platform where they are also protagonists.
How did it start?
Zonamixta Magazine was born in 2015 as an academic project at the university. As the years have passed, the magazine has evolved to what it is today, incorporating new references, partners, and objectives forming a solid foundation on which to build a very exciting project.
After starting as a magazine, we launched our own website so that our readers can see our content whenever they want. A platform that will help us grow and consolidate our presence and notoriety.
What sets you apart?
Our vision on how to tell stories is very different from the rest of magazines, publications, or websites that talk about soccer. We are a publication where people can read articles related to soccer and, at the same time, see the work of the best artists alongside the story they want to tell. Art expresses itself with its own language for the first time in our country. In addition, our magazine is a metaphor for what young people of our generation are achieving. A wave of young people with fixed intentions, few resources, and all the illusion in the world. A 140-page magazine, with quality content and free of charge? Where do you have to sign?
What obstacles did you have to overcome?
The logistics in a team with so many people is always difficult. To all this, we add the fact that we don’t all live in the same city, which affects -and a lot- our ability to plan. We organize the content with people from Madrid, Barcelona, and now Argentina. Geographical obstacles are one problem we had to overcome.
Another one we have to overcome is the stigma that young people have in this profession. Demonstrating that less age does not always mean less experience. Many times we are judged only by our time here and that is something we have to overcome by showing what we are capable of.
Do you have any advice for other creators?
If they have a project in mind, they should create, strive and fight for it. The satisfaction of developing a project that you feel is your own is much greater than any economic incentive. In the end, fighting for your own projects allows you to develop your professional and personal skills to a greater extent. We live in an era where we have at our fingertips unlimited tools to make our projects a reality. An era to enrich everything around us with more and more creative ideas.