I thought that what Kristin said about job searches was very valuable. I wasn’t sure how I was going to go about looking for a job. As much as it would be nice to have a break after school, I think it would be wise to start the job search before I graduate because all other graphic design graduates will be competing for those jobs. It may be harder to find jobs if you wait because they will already be taken by other people who are graduating.
I found this portfolio when searching around Google and was really drawn to this grid portfolio. I think that the grid is very clean, but the way that the work is photographed is really nice. I think it makes the portfolio as a whole look really cohesive because everything has a similar style in the way it is photographed. I also noticed that this website krop.com is a website that has portfolio templates, and it looks like there is a limited free membership or it’s $8.25/month. Looks interesting!
I found this portfolio on Behance and I really liked how they photographed their designs. I think that the background that the products are placed against really works well with the theme that they have. I feel like this is something that I never really considered when photographing my work, because I usually resort to a black background.
I found this job on indeed.com, and thought it was interesting because I always see Wayfair’s commercials on TV and did not know they were in Boston. Here is the job description:
Boston, MA, United States
Joss & Main is looking to add a talented interactive designer who is passionate about design, immersed in digital, obsessive about details, and has an aesthetic sensibility that effortlessly fits in with (and adds to) our unique brand. We’re looking for a creative who uses both hemispheres of their brain— someone as passionate about typography as they are tormented by the mere thought of an unnamed PSD layer or a missed deadline. We need someone who can craft effective branded communication through email, banner ads, UI, and even a printed piece now and then. We’re growing fast and the volume of work we’re producing is high; our expectations of quality are even higher.
Your work will be seen by millions and drive the visual direction of our brand, to be considered you must have an online portfolio. Your work should demonstrate a strong eye for design (especially typography), an appreciation for brands, a love of experimentation, a command of technology and media, and hopefully shows us your ongoing potential for growth.
- Design and produce a high volume of email and advertising campaigns on tight deadlines
- Follow brand standards closely
- Follow/lead best practices for email production; stay up to date on trends
- Be an organized team player, willing to pitch in on other projects
- Participate in collaborative brainstorms, concept development, and design comps.
- Develop ideas and concepts into compelling visual solutions.
- Present visual ideas, design rationale, and detail to team members and executives
- Assist in project coordination across functional teams
- Work within designated budgets, timelines, and branding guidelines
- Work closely with designers, product managers, UX specialists, front-end developers, engineers and other internal departments to gain knowledge of the existing storefront, implement new features, and improve existing features
- Conceptualize and create pixel-perfect mockups from sketches, wireframes, and spec documents
- Interpret needs, objectives, and direction from multiple sources to ensure design concepts meet brand standards and business goals
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in graphic design, visual communication, or related field
- Minimum of 1-2 years of experience
- Must be able to produce quality work in a fast paced atmosphere
- A solid understanding of design, color and typography principles
- Understanding of current and emerging social Media platforms
- Ability to prioritize and manage work, adhering to multiple project timelines
- Experience and interest in designing for female demographics
- Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite
- Understanding of photo retouching/Photoshop
- An affinity for current industry developments, design trends, and technologies
- Exceptional interpersonal, collaborative, and creative problem solving skills
- An interest in online shopping/e-commerce
- Interest or experience in home décor or interior design is preferred
- Sense of humor is a must
Base Design is an international network of design studios, located in New York, Geneva, and Brussels. They focus on branding, research, strategy, story, concept, art direction, design, environmental, digital, and social projects. I found this studio by searching design studios, and it showed up on a list of the best in the world. I was drawn to them because I liked their design for the Miami Art Museum. I thought the design was bold and fun, and I also think their website expresses this.