Thursday, 28 May 2015

Self-Promotion: Print Support - Creative CV Research

Taking a gander at some creative C.V.s to see what kind of conventions I could include in my own.

Logo / custom/hand-made type / illustrations / infographics - star rating. / self-portrait.

Including illustrations and branding elements seems like a good idea - gives a preview of the kind of work you do. Infographics seem sensible too - less boring than 'I am proficient with blah blah blah...' but not overly complicated. - trials might come from creating an infographic that doesn't look out of place in comparison to the rest of the c.v.

I like how this c.v. brings in shapes from other mediums - there's a similarity to railway signs and something quite menu-like in it's appearance.

Maybe I could look at other print formats to inspire the layout of my C.V.?

It'd bring in a opportunity to relate the C.V. to illustrating for children also. Something like a puzzle, toy packaging or a trading card.

I prefer the layout of this C.V. over the last and the colour palette. There's a more natural feel to having all the contact details at the top of the page alongside the name and job description.

A lot of icons / graphics on this one. Some conventions taken from video games/cards too - level, hit points/mana points, statistics. Timeline is an interesting idea - but I've not gone through enough experience yet to warrant including one in this years C.V. Banners seem to be quite a common theme on C.V.s at the moment. 

Quite a unique and simple one - implementing the C.V. within a piece of artwork. 
If I were to do something like this, I'd have to make sure to get the hierarchy right. I imagine at print size it would work fine, put on-screen some of the text seems a bit small and illegible here. There's not a lot of creativity in the layout of the text however. 

More banners and icons and colours, oh my! I quite like that this one goes beyond the format of an A4 sheet of paper. Interesting colour palette. The layout and graphic style probably wouldn't look out of place up on the wall of a dental or doctor's surgery though...

This one's a board game! Pretty nifty - I think I'd include a 'standard' A4 C.V. for convenience as well though. Maybe something adventurous like this would be a better idea to tackle in 3rd year. 

I'm a big fan of purple. I think the quality of the print and the presentation is great - might blag the idea for a slip cover. The continuation of the constellation theme into the infographic at the bottom is nice, but I'm not keen on the bulk of the C.V.

I'm not sure if this one makes for a good C.V. - I suppose it's more about selling the artist through the image rather than their experience/info. The narrative aspect is great, as is the colour palette. Maybe I could look at implementing a C.V. into another format; like a comic or children's book? 

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Self Promo - Digital: Websites!


Initial implementation of header - not enough contrast between white and grey.

Further play with colour for header using colours from Print support module

settling on background.


working out text position

palying with orientation

working out space between icons

comparing icon sizes

Implementing finished icons - realised text size variation looked sloppy

Final portfolio page.

To Evaluate:

I've chosen to use Cargo Collective as my main portfolio site as I didn't see any fault in the recommendation and the editing capabilities are quite easy to pick up. Facebook acts as a less formal blog, providing context behind projects and WIP updates. Tumblr will work as a 'snapshot' site - where I will take product photos/photos of works in progress on a phone/camera for quick and concise looks into what projects I'm working on within my workspace. 

Specific work:
These different contexts mean that I have selected different types of image to put on the websites.
My portfolio will include my most successful/favourite pieces of work that demonstrate a high quality and communicate the jist of my practice to potential employers.

My Facebook includes a mixture of completed pieces of work, often linking to the commissioner, as well as in-progress pieces, like longer term projects or series of images.

My tumblr will be a mix of rough photos of my workspace and more considered product placement photos. 

I think I've yet to really find a niche audience for my work; which I'm not too worried about as I'd like to attract a broad audience. I think that spreading your work over several platforms and in different contexts will help to keep this broad. 
I'm hoping the clean cut black of the backgrounds of the websites really helps my images to pop. My main 'tactic' to attract people is just to be myself really - humorous where appropriate, quite open with how I'm creating my work etc.

Really gave me an idea as to what I liked in other artists websites and made me make sure that I implemented these things properly - consistent style across the sites, linking between them etc.


I've tried to tie my sites with other works across my self-promo print support module. In terms of palette, work exhibited etc. I'm hoping this consistency will be beneficial/encouraging rather than boring for the client.   

Self-Promo - Digital: Portfolio Icons update

Self Promo Digital: Portfolio Icons

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Self-Promo - Digital: Placeholder icons

Some icons I'm playing with using custom code on Cargo Collective - trying out different dimensions.

Height greater than width