CV/Resume

To create a well thought out CV I decided to find a few good examples of design CV’s and break them down.

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I wanted to find out what information trended between the examples CV’s. I took notes and using the fields to create 2 templates.

I also read a great infographic on designtaxi.com entitled -Infographic: 7 Tips To Create An Amazing Design Résumé http://designtaxi.com/news/375327/Infographic-7-Tips-To-Create-An-Amazing-Design-R-sum/.

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With this in mind and everything we had covered on building a successful CV I noted the do’s and don’t’s

  • CV should fit into your stationary branding and speak the same language through e.g. Online presence, Business Cards, Twitter, e.t.c.
  • Should be single sided
  • should be unique and show your niche
  • could be created for a specific client/audience
  • do not lie/ make false accusations

Richard Bravery

I always find something relevant to my practice in my favourite Art and Culture Magazine Juxtapoz.

Today it was May’s issue which featured Chris Ware(whom produced the font cover piece and had a very interesting article)

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Aside from an insightful look into the life of award-winning cartoonist Chris Ware, I found a great interview with Richard Bravery.

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This is his twitter picture(only one I can find of him)

His twitter statement simply says “I design books for Penguin Books” and thats the relevance. before Christmas we had our Pinguin Book cover project for the following books “Carrie’s War” “Freakonomics” “Oranges are not the only fruit” so this interview is idea. When asked “What makes a good book cover design?” he answers “I subscribe to “less is more.” A cover ois a small space to try to communicate a big message, and there’s always the danger of suffocating a cover with too many ideas. Paul Rand was a master of the understatement; his designs were dynamic, bold and conceptual, but always beautifully simple.” I will be taking that very valuable information on board when improving my book cover designs.

These are some of Richard Bravery’s book cover designs

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Confidence

8th May Confidence workshop with Clive Flowers

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Clive Flowers is an award winning writer, director and actor. He also possesses a Welsh BAFTA for Photography.

see his profile here – https://www.linkedin.com/pub/clive-flowers/10/177/591

and Vimeo portfolio – https://vimeo.com/cliveflowers

I admit I wasn’t expecting it to be anything like it was, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was deep and insightful, yet fun and interesting.

It taught us –

  • To be comfortable in our own skin
  • How to make a great first impression with the perfect handshake
  • Our body language
  • How to acknowledge our inner voice and not to fight it, but reason with it instead
  • Learning how to calm ourselves with breathing techniques like 7/11 as well as 3min space exercise
  • How to properly listen

Plus many more lessons and exercises on confidence.

Being quite reluctant myself to giving a presentation in front of an audience, really valued Clive for coming in and shared with us what we knows. Hopefully he will come back to our university soon.


Social Media & Tone of Voice

05/05/15 Social Media & Tone of Voice Lecture

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What do we mean by Social media? basically anything we use only that has our profile and we socialise on e.g. comment, share, like, etc.

The sites I am on are –

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Behance
  • wordpress
  • pinterest
  • Linkedin

I mostly use Twitter and Facebook, while my blog is on WordPress, portfolio is one Behance, Moodboard’s are on Pinterest and we I haven’t got into Linkedin yet.

I use Facebook to socialise with my friends, while Twitter I use more to network and finding inspiration. I put myself on twitter as a designer but I also state my passion for sports and other stuff. I want to come across as bring normal and approachable, but at the same time, passionate and proactive about my area of study. my twitter and blog are connected. On Twitter I follow Design studios, Designers/artist’s, Design/Art magazines, Sports(mainly golf, football and Winter sports), and a whole load of Art/Photography/Design things.

Today we were told that 45% of potential employers will check your Facebook? not sure if thats fair or not. I feel open to say what I wont on their because It’s only for my friends to see. I would be the same as them asking to check the messages you send to your mates.

We discussed the importance of an accurate and effective social network personal description, Which also stood out amongst people similar to you in your field. It’s not just about using big words, Its not about using the same typical words as everyone else or is it about make false accusations. In order to write a fitting personal statement you need to be true to yourself, express whats niche about you and find the balance of being professional and approachable(depending on your audience)

Also our social networks are part of our brand and should fit in and the same feel.

Really interesting lecture from Olwen today.


Portfolio lecture/workshop with Matt Leighfield

Wednesday 29/04/15

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Who is it for?

  • For the clients
  • For a job
  • To show off
  • A way tutors can access your work and give feedback
  • To convey your enthusiasm
  • Building a reputation

Who are you talking to?

  • A particular audience?
  • A niche market?

QUESTIONS

  • Who am I?
  • How can I help you?
  • How do I get there?
  • Why can you trust me? – Testimonies
  • What do we share in common?

As an example of a stand out portfolio we where show Robby Leonardi’s one – http://www.rleonardi.com/interactive-resume/

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This unique portfolio allows you control the character by using the scroll in order to move through the sections of his portfolio.

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This is a prime example of showing off your talent.

Does/Don’t for a online portfolio

  • Not for experimental work(maybe have a link to your blog for that)
  • Making false claims/Lies
  • Can’t have anything half finished(including the site itself)
  • Have a responsive website that works on both computer and phone
  • Be careful of links to social media e.g.if your ranting on twitter its probably not the best idea to have it on your portfolio
  • Dead sites(either websites that don’t work or are “Coming soon”)
  • Easy to navigate
  • Up to date
  • Flash is apparently shit
  • Have your own domain(professional)

Tips

  • Find your niche
  • Be sociable(social networks)
  • Spell Check
  • Contact details
  • Everything is up to date
  • Be professional

Rules of writing

  • Use short sentences
  • Use vigorous english
  • Be positive

Few websites we looked at

  • Square Space
  • Wix
  • Behance
  • Format
  • awwwards
  • Portfolio box
  • Photoshelter
  • Bunker
  • 500px
  • Dribbble

I know that I need to sort my portfolio out! It was the reason I wasn’t able to get work experience over easter but I can turn that around.


Digital Me

27/04/15 3rd and final module.

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There are 3 sections to this module

  • Online presents
  • CV and Supporting Emails
  • Portfolio

As well as these we have the opportunity to develop and polish our previous project for the level 5 show at the end of May.

Things that I noted down that are relevant to this module

  • Who is the designer?
  • Who are you?
  • What motivates you?
  • Confidence
  • Learning how to use design technology to promote yourself
  • Do not create your own logo
  • Design Mindfulness
  • Graphic designer’s skills
  • To develop your key professional skills
  • A deeper awareness of our responsibility as a designer
  • you have 6 seconds of a professional person’s attention to make an impression
  • Workshop with Clive Flowers
  • After Life – Tom Lloyd of Bluegg this Thursday

Once I finish my Dissertation Proposal I’ll be all over this!


Thursday feedback

Thursday 26th March

It was our final group crit and last day of our Persuasion project. In small groups(ours lead by Ian) we took turns to talk about your Campaign. I was happy to achieve what I did in the two day’s that I had to put things together. All this was due to having receiving bad feedback on the idea’s I had been working on prior to Tuesday’s tutorial. I discussed my campaign which comprised of the video, leaflet and poster.

This was the feedback I received

  • Poster should contain more info. it was too vague. and could contain the fact and motivation which is mentioned in the leaflet.
  • The fact the VCS is in Cardiff wasn’t really visible on either the poster or leaflet. It needs to be one of the first thing your informed of.
  • The video was a little flat. music needs to be sorted or could have a voice over. will more time, this video can be better created on Adobe After effect or similar software.
  • The information on the back of the leaflet wasn’t bold or big enough.

Despite the project finishing, we have until June to make all the adjustments, not only for our submission but the show we’re putting on before we break up for summer.