Social Media and Online Portfolios

Personal & Professional Studies

In order to start exposure on my work and services, I created multiple platforms that they could be seen on. Firstly I created Behance and Instagram, these are sites that operate on a like and share basis, when you “Like” or “Appreciate” somebody’s work, it then is shown on the Activity pages of the people that follow you. Behance is a site mainly for creatives, with sections to tag your work as or follow other work, such as “UX/UI Design”, “Fashion”, “Graphic Design” etc. Whereas Instagram is a photo/video sharing site and app that has a much more broad spectrum. Both of the sites can set the ball rolling for widening the audience of my work. I have also created an Adobe My Portfolio site, it is linked to Behance, but has an editable layout to match my style and can be used as a professional platform. I intend to buy my own domain and use it for this site. The last website I have set up is LinkedIn, this site lets you showcase your skills and “Link” with people you may know, clients, colleagues, employers, they can”Endorse” you on the skills you have added to your profile. The links to each site are as follows:

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End Of Year Show 2017

Personal & Professional Studies

For the end of year show, we had to correspond with the 3rd years, who were creating the show. This was tricky as they hadn’t contacted us, until late February, so we were unsure of any details. Once communication had been initiated, we were firstly asked to fill in a biography and send images over for the brochure that would display everyones work. The questions and reply are evidenced in the email below:

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After this we were asked to be on the college site at a particular time in order to take pictures for lanyards that we would have to wear as staff for the show.

Our class met at the ONCA one morning to see the gallery space and to give us a chance to think about the sort of work we wanted to display and how, e.g. print, video, sizing etc.

Our space was confirmed by the 3rd years as an A1 board each and a Dropbox folder was shared with everyone to be able to easily share their work. We had to design our boards with the work we wanted to show case, I chose to use a mix of projects both from university and personal ones I had been working on.

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The next stage was to come in the day before the show opened and help with set up. The third years gave us measurements that would match their side of the gallery. We made sure of these measurements and used a level to see to it that each piece was straight. Velcro tacks were then placed on each corner and the piece was applied to the wall.

Myself and two other students were requested to design and paint a window display, we had many ideas, but our time frame was 10am – 2pm the following day before the show opened for it’s private view. We kept with the Glitch show branding and decided to display the logo on the window. We used poster paints as they could be easily removed when the show ended and wouldn’t leave marks not the surface.

We created stencils and cut them with a scalpel then masking taped them to the window, thinly painted the first layer so it wouldn’t get underneath the stencil and allowed to dry. However when we went to put on the second layer, we had to use much more paint as the first layer would just scratch off, we had to clean up the edges because of this. We taped a banner above and below the logo to to coincide with the Glitch theme and off set the logo to do the same.

Had we little more pre-production time for this task, the display may have been more creative, but everyone, ourselves included, were pleased with the result.

Once the private view had started, we spoke to fellow students in the 3rd year about the tasks of creating the show and mingled with the guests.

This experience has brought to light many things I would like to address when planning the show with my year in the future.

  • Engaging with the 2nd years at the beginning of the year as communication is essential and to ensure everyone is understanding of their roles
  • Looking for other potential gallery spaces that have enough space for both student work and possible sponsorship adverts.
  • Making sure plenty of design companies and artists/designers, both local and further a field, are invited to the private view and public days.

Portfolio Design

Personal & Professional Studies

I decided to use InDesign to create my portfolio. I have a little experience with it, but is an area that I wanted to improve on, especially as a skill I could professionally use. I watched a few online tutorials to re-cap the basics and after creating the first couple page designs I got the hang of it. As I created my CV and business cards in the same style, I wanted the theme to correspond for my portfolio. I kept an initial theme throughout the booklet, such as the placement of the titles and body text and made sure each page displayed my work, but also kept the theme running. Used in combination with the CV and business card, I feel this would be a very exciting package to receive.

If I were to get this printed, I would use the same perforated “package” idea for the booklet also. The next thing I would have to think about is how I would display them all together, perhaps in a thin box, or perforating the top edge on all of them together to ensure they stay as a unit, this way they could get opened at the same stage.

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My CV Design

Personal & Professional Studies

After researching CV’s that are relevant for the field, I wrote down softwares, skills, education and experiences I could use in my own CV and designed it in my own style. I used the pattern I created to border the bottom edge of the page and used shapes from it to cover the white space around the logo and bring the page together, I also used these shapes to show my strengths in the softwares I used. I designed the layout so the paper could be folded into thirds along the width and different sizes length wise so it could tuck inside itself (examples are in sketchbook). I designed the paper to be printed double sided, I tried this using the pattern, but I thought that it would show through as it would be half way up the page at the back. I just used the shapes on the final version and changed the placement and font of “Curriculum Vitae”.

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CV – Packaging

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As part of the idea of selling my skills as a package I want to encase the items, my cv, portfolio and business card so it turns the task of reading a CV or portfolio into an experience, making it more memorable and creates a better chance of landing a job.

These are examples of printed items that have been packaged in a similar way, all using a see through material that showcases the content before it’s even opened.

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This one uses a slip in folder with one open end, I feel this wouldn’t be practical as some information might get lost.

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I like this envelope design as it prints the bright pattern directly on to the envelope and uses a sticker of the same colour to secure it.

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This wedding invite shows a way in which the packet can be securely closed and then opened again with the use of thread, machined on each side. If I were to use this technique, I would be able to showcase another of my talents and passions – sewing. Bringing across my other skills is something I’ve tried to highlight in my CV also.

Logo Design

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After drawing some designs in my sketchbook, I came up with an interesting design that reflects the way I write my “A” for my name, so this logo is not only individual, it is personal to me.

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Structure and black and white versions of the logo.

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The top row of these logos go from dark to light from inside out and the bottom row is reversed. I have also been testing colours that I could use for my logo and portfolio theme.

CV Research – Extended

Personal & Professional Studies

After looking into different design CV’s, I started looking at how I could create my own personally branded “package”. I snooped Pinterest and found these various ways of displaying information through folding, I really like this first one and the use of multiple layers of paper and information, however with the time frame I have, getting all of these things together may prove difficult.

The second version of a double sided printed paper folded along the edges to mimic the design proves much more of a simple solution that could be replicated many times over.

The 3rd design is an idea for folding lots of information away into a small space, such as a matchbox, or a similar sizing.

The last design holds the cv and the business card together, but with the use of a rip-able perforated line that separates them in order to keep the designers info handy or for sharing with others etc.

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CV Research

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I started this project by researching existing CV’s, I found that along with using their own personal style as a touch to gain attention, some people branded themselves as a package, creating an intriguing twist instead of just an ordinary CV. I used Pinterest as a platform to gather these designs together. It got me thinking about how I could brand myself, as before hand I had always thought of a CV as a black and white list of things you’ve done in order to get a job.

All the design CV’s I have looked at show details that are relevant only in respect to the job they are trying to pursue, for instance for a Graphic Designer, the CV’s show experience in the field, which aspects of design they concentrate on (logo design, marketing, etc.), which software they use and how good they are at it, often displayed with a graphic.

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I really liked the design of these CV’s as they flow well, between the long layout and the bright colours they are easy to read and create an interesting way of displaying information. The design style reflects the designers and while they hold an illustrated style, they aren’t too crowded.

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I liked both of these designs also as they are folded, having a folded CV would make it easier to carry around and hand out while at events or meetings, especially when the business card is inside also. It makes it unique too, where folding may be similar for some, each design would be different. I feel this creates a “package” or “packet” that encloses the information inside, waiting to come out.