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Propared Blog

Tips and Advice for Managers, Planners, and Event Production Professionals

June 28, 2016

8 of the Best Graphic Design Tools for Event Planners on a Budget

These days, there are so many design tools out there to help event planners it’s hard to know where to start. What should you use for building a color palette? What’s the best tool for editing images? Or finding those images in the first place?

If you’re like most, you’re either working on a budget, working on a deadline, or both. The good news is most of the easy-to-use tools out there are also some of the least expensive. Even free! So while we’re big fans of Adobe Creative Cloud, sometimes, it’s just not a practical or efficient use of your two most valuable resources: time and money.

May 26, 2016

How to Create Compelling Event Designs in Unusual Venues {Interview}

Events can quite literally happen anywhere. Indoors, outdoors, you name it. Want to throw a party at a tire repair shop turned nightclub? Done. On the deck of a retired US aircraft carrier? Easy. When you think about it, even venues that host some of the industry’s biggest shows, such as New York Fashion Week and the Met Gala aren’t traditional spaces for producing events.

That’s where the fun comes in! A theatre or event management education can give you the foundation and basics. But the reality of event work? It’s almost always a little messier. Think of it like training to be an astronaut in a flight simulator. There are just some things you can’t replicate in a controlled environment. You’re going to need to get creative.

November 20, 2014

Propared Interviews the Pros - LDI Edition

Marian Sandberg - Content Director, LDI
November 13, 2014

And Here We Go - A Few Words from the Founders

It’s hard to believe that a mere 18 months ago, Propared was nothing more than a shared thought - a hope for something better. It was something to make our live event colleagues and us happier, a little less stressed, more efficient. It was an idea for a system that could empower us all to be better managers and teammates, to help raise the level of performance for everyone. Truly, it was a desire to provide whatever support we could to the people who work so hard in our industry in reaching their full potential.

Now here we are, at the realization of that idea and a mere prelude to what it will become. It has a name, a mission, and a platform. It boasts a dedicated and enthusiastic team. And we keep pinching ourselves that this day has finally arrived.

The picture above was taken in Stari Grad, a tiny, sleepy port town on the island of Hvar in Dalmatia, Croatia. It was the perfect place to breathe and reset. Two of us, Mel and Ryan, had been running Tinc, a live event production company, for 6 years and the work was crazy. In all that time, we hadn’t really been able to separate ourselves from the day-to-day operation of our company. Finally, the moment came when wepractically pushed ourselves out the door, forcing each other to step away and clear our heads.It was this time away that allowed us to look at the bigger picture, see everything we had done and everything we both needed and wanted to do. We were able to see the genesis of Propared in bits and pieces, choices we made to make Tinc's operations more efficient. And we saw an opportunity to build something more robust and unique for our industry, rather than continue to rely on a Frankenstein's monster of programs that each solve one problem but create a whole series of others. When we returned, we pow-wowed with Derek, passed some ideas back and forth, and Propared was born.

What's amazing is that the very idea of us stepping back and looking at the big picture is exactly what Propared is now designed to support. Managers, have the ability to see all the information relevant to their work in one place and can make important decisions quickly and confidently. They spend more time actually managingand less time moving from daily task to daily task.

This is the conversation we want to have with all of you. What does it really mean to be a manager? When we all take a step back and strip away the clutter, what will help us all perform better for our colleagues, our organizations, and ourselves? It is asking those questions and hearing your answers that have got us to where we are today. And it is what will continue to drive us forward.

On behalf ofour team, welcome to Propared. We are here and ready to revolutionize the management of live events. We are here in support of you, fellow stage and production managers. We have your back, designers and event planners. Theatre and dance companies and film production houses, our lines are open. Let's make our industry even better than it already is.

-Mel, Ryan, & Derek, cofounders