We’re in week two of our 4-week #WebsiteWednesday series highlighting our .xyz 4th-anniversary website building contest winners, and this week is all about the artful creativeness of Keenetics.xyz! But what makes Keenetics.xyz and it’s creator Eric An so unique?
For our judges, it was his skillful presentation of his many artistic talents, his site’s modern look and feel, its easy navigability, and his superb branding with the clever name Keenetics.xyz. We wanted to discover the inspiration behind Eric’s brand and his work, so we sat down with him to talk about his life, his portfolio, and more.
XYZ: Between your videography, photography, and writing work, you’re truly an artist of many talents. Do you have a favorite among those three?
Eric: I moved around a lot growing up due to my dad’s work, so I picked up many hobbies during times where I was still in the process of making new friends. Out of all my hobbies, I would say videography is my favorite! I had a mentor who worked professionally under a film production company, and I became super fascinated by all the details involved in film making.
XYZ: What inspired the name Keenetics.xyz?
Eric: I am currently a part chemistry student, and in Chemistry, kinetics is defined as “rate of reaction.” I combined that word with the word “keen”, which means showing enthusiasm. I love how this word reflects how quick I am to being enthusiastic when it comes to capturing different parts of my life in the form of art.
XYZ: Where do you draw the inspiration for your work?
Eric: I draw inspiration for my work from respecting different cultures and being interested in what makes their culture unique. For example, I am personally not a very fashionable person. But having friends who love street style, I wanted to respect their passion for clothes and see what is behind the culture that catches their attention and make it my own.
XYZ: Do you have plans for your career post-college?
Eric: I interned as a web developer this summer and grew interested in digital marketing. I am going to look into a career in that field and hopefully I’ll be making websites and apps for businesses!
XYZ: What motivated you to create Keenetics.xyz and choose a .xyz domain?
Eric: I wanted a personal portfolio and thought a lot about what I wanted my domain to be. I wanted it to be unique. I came up with the word Keenetics before making my site, and when I searched for different domains my eyes drew immediately to .xyz. X Y and Z are the last three letters of the alphabet. In a sense, I took it as a “period” which goes at the end of a sentence. For me, .xyz is that period for my domain name.
XYZ: If you could give one piece of advice to the aspiring artists of #GenXYZ like yourself, what would it be?
Eric: One piece of advice I would give to aspiring artists would be to create, because it leaves memories. It’s easy to want more exposure on your work; and just as easy to be disappointed if that is your goal. But if, in the moment, you think of what you’re creating as what you’re leaving behind as memory, it feels worth it. I’ve gone back to photos and videos from my past millions of times, and every time I am so glad I decided to create content.
Your passion can guide you to create wonderful things, and it can also inspire that same passion in others. Eric’s portfolio serves as a great example to show aspiring artists everywhere that creating and showcasing their art is just a click away. Open your passion to the world on your .xyz domain and you’ll find, like Eric, that your potential to create and share your gift is endless.