Here is the finished presentation on how to secure a work placement in the design industry by Rowan Hunt and myself.
After the sessions with Darren about personal development and getting your work ‘out there’, I purchased these two books by Austin Kleon – a writer and an artist, called ‘Steal Like an Artist’ and ‘Show Your Work’. I must say they are very motivational and give super positive vibes. Steal Like an Artist is actually New York Times Bestseller. It shows you how to lead a more creative life and how to embrace other work around you. Show Your Work is about the process and making your self findable by creating a network. Both books are small enough to fit in your bag or even coat pocket. They have sections which are quick reads and sections which go into more detail. The attitude of the writer is inspiring, pointing out the do’s and don’t’s of life as artist and giving you very useful tips. I would recommended anyone to grab a copy as I have zero regrets :-)
The task today was to imagine what type of projects designers may be working on in 45 years time. Considering the news today, things we could involve is the effects of war & political instability, population growth, peak oil, disease and environmental issues. I decided to consider environmental issues including deforestation, global warming, limited resources and waste land.
The first part of the project was to think about how this topic may affect us as designers. Currently the web is becoming a larger part in society and businesses. It is used to communicate, promote, and sell. There is a debate about print vs digital but I don’t think it will be too long before digital wins. Print requires paper and ink and we are using tree’s quicker than we can grow them, where as digital uses computers and the internet, it is much more economical in it’s own way. I think soon print will die, or at least become a much rarer platform and designers will be encouraged to be more economical. Global warming could affect other kinds of designers such as product design. People will need to think of more economical modes of transport and using other fuels that don’t give off carbon fumes. The waste land links back into deforestation in a sense that we are create a lot of waste need to be persuaded to find resources that are reusable or recyclable. Waste land is filling up a lot of land now and contaminating the sea, if we don’t find a resolution then the problem will only get worse.
Projects designers may engage with in 2060:
- Evolving technology means who knows what will be possible! It is already possible to clone animals, so by then we may be able to clone food or even fuel. Who know’s, we may even be able to resign our whole imagine using downloadable content!
- Edible packaging: To lessen waste and become more recyclable, designers may create edible packaging such as sugar paper bags or edible coffee cups on the go
- The Google glasses allow you to see maps, messages and much more through a pair of lens, looking as if you can literally see digital elements in real life through your own eyes. It could even be possible to install knowledge through a chip in your brain, or a search engine like this.
I think the most interesting point would probably be edible packaging, mostly because it would actually tackle the problem of resources and waste but also because it is a very realistic idea which is already in the early stages of been made at the moment. At the Ice Hotel they use Ice glasses that you can just throw on the floor and they melt away, as well as keeping your drink cool! There are also chocolate spoons and edible sweet wrappers. However a problem with this could be hygiene as the edible part must be kept clean to start with, and therefore need packaging itself! A case it would be helpful with is buying it bulk and selling for takeaway items at restaurants, e.g coffee cups, food boxes… This idea also relates to reusable packaging, such as washing machine tablets when the outer coat melts away, and shoe boxes that can be reused as boot bags (Puma did this with their trainers!). A futuristic idea could be paper that can be cloned, wiped, and folded, as if normal paper but never need to buy new or throw away, or reusable chewing gum that never looses it’s flavour, stays fresh and cleans itself, meaning no more ugly pavements or chewing gum litter.
In todays session with Sara, we learnt how to make a quick animation using the boiling technique with hand drawn illustrations. This technique is to make things seem like they are moving and have life, without having to actually animate them at all. We began by sketching 3 different images and tracing them twice so we had 3 different versions of the same image. After scanning them in at 72dpi, we then used photoshop to align up the images, using the opacity option for accuracy. Next we moved into After Effects. We created a new composition at 1920 x 1080 and 25 frames per second. I imported my images ensuring that JPEG sequence was selected and moved them into my composition window. Next I selected ‘interpret footage>main’ in the project window and make sure it was set at the same frame rate and looped the image 50 times. Next we need to stretch out the footage to 200% to make sure it lasts the duration of the frame, then using the effects>colour correction, I edited the hue and levels to make sure the image was black and white. I could change the colour of these areas using the tint option but chose not to as I thought it looked better simple. I added some text to make things a little more interesting then imported a scribble textured. Using the alpha mat track mat setting, I made the text suit the hand drawn style and paper texture by overlaying the scribble with the writing. Then I used the pen tool to create a scribble-like path, using the effect>generate>stroke and changing the settings of the brush size and colour and paint style to reveal original image. After adding in the end keyframes, this made my text appear to be scribbled in the animation. Finally I rendered out the animation and uploaded it to vimeo :-)
As part of todays task for this module I paired up with Rowan to create a PDF giving advice on securing a placement. We had 6 tasks, these included:
- Identify how to find companies which may be interested in taking you on a placement
- Consider the best way to make first contact with these companies
- Putting together & designing a portfolio
- Showing this portfolio to the companies you are interested in
- Obtaining useful feedback
- Following up on your first contact
We decided to split the tasks in half and research individually. I have created mind maps and written up bullet point notes ready to add to our presentation.
How to find companies that may be interested in taking you on a placement
- Clients like to see self initiated work, it shows motivation and enthusiasm!
- Talk to people, send emails, write letters, use social media
- Look for a design company that does the kind of work you want to do
- Key 3 things: great work, energy and a nice personality
- Regularly check for updates or new opportunities
- Good places to look:
- Companies websites
- Social Media
- magazines & news
Putting together and designing a portfolio
- Give a diverse range
- Package your portfolio so your work is the star attraction
- Provide context
- Create an index
- Never stop editing
- Three good pieces are better than one
- Quality not Quantity
- 20 pages physically, 30 digitally
- Tailor your portfolio specifically to the job your applying for
- Get testimonials from happy clients
- Try take a step back to look through another’s eyes
- Get online, it’s the key to getting out there
- Digital platforms: blogs (tumblr, wordpress, blogger), PDF, Issuu, Behance, Portfolio box, linkedin, carbonmade
Obtaining useful feedback
- Try contacting successful artists, but don’t be a pest
- Ask questions but not too many
- Set up meetings with companies
- Don’t be scared to ask for critical feedback when rejected
- Join forums/groups where you can talk to other designers
- Use social media, get people involved
- Leave a feedback box on your blog/page