Talk with Kristen Casasanto

Kristen’s talk was extremely informative in our last class. It is always good to hear things more than once from a different person also to keep reminding us like always remember employers can find our digital presence, it’s good to have one, but always act appropriately.

Employers don’t want your references at your interview or attached to your resume because they only need it if you are in the final stage of being hired for the company. Good references are professor’s, Supervisor at an internship, current/past jobs, and linkedin contacts.

Apply to jobs even if you don’t meet the requirements that it states on the job description. You may have other skills that could determine that you are the right fit with the company!

Saving jobs that you have applied to and keeping it in a separate folder along with a description is extremely helpful for when the job finally calls you for an interview. You want to know about the job you are trying to work for.

Being organized is the #1 priority!

On your portfolio, you should state that you are actively looking for a job. If you are not proficient in an area, but know a little bit about it, you should write on your resume that it is working knowledge.

Look at job database everyday and sign up for job alerts to receive daily.

Follow groups on your linkedin account.

You don’t have to say yes to the first job that wants to hire you!

-Stephanie Carroll


UX/Graphic Designer

Job Posting

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I always thought it would be interesting to be a designer in the gamer world even tho I’m not much of a gamer. They way this company words their job posting is inviting and made me feel like I would wan to work with them. Also, a must that they included was that we MUST have a highly polished portfolio!

-Stephanie Carroll

Arlo Portfolio

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Arlo is a Graphic Design firm in Chicago.  Arlo Portfolio’s focuses on logo design. Many well-known logo designs were done by Arlo such as American Eagle Outfitters, Nike, AXE body Spray etc. I find it interesting that one firm as branded all of these well-known places we see today. The logos are all so different and very well designed so it seems that it did’t come from one single firm. Many of the works they photographed are shown in a few different views. Zoomed in or on different products such as a bag, tags or the logo itself which is specifically shown in American Eagle Outfitters images.

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-Stephanie Carroll

Un.titled Agency

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I find Un.titled Agency’s website is interesting. As I scrolled down, the words that were were moving up practically disappeared with the rectangle with opacity they had added on it. I thought it was neat and organized and less distracting that it disappeared. I love website design because it is similar to layouts. The placement and color choices stood out to me. Bold colors and contrasting colors is really eye grabbing. I love how simple some of their stuff could look too like the Steijer Design (furnishing) website. It shows the furniture and white space and a few important words of content.

-Stephanie Carroll

VSA Partners: Organization

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What I found most interesting about VSA Partners, was the fact that they have client stories on their website. They placed all of their clients in a grid. The website is simple and very easy to follow. My eyes were focused on each individual item on the page because they didn’t over load items on the pages and kept it straight forward. They branded many well known companies (Cole Hann, Harley Davidson Motor Cycle, IBM, etc) and used images and the logos they created to best represent what they did for them.

-Stephanie Carroll

Creaktif : based in France


I searched for design studios and came across a very interesting image shown in this post. This image is from the Creaktif studio. I found this interesting because their website was very interactive and stood out. Scrolling down, Creaktif created an illusion to look as if the webpage was folding like a piece of paper. Each work is on individual pages and is animated and interactive. They explain each work on each page, which I find was helpful trying to understand what they did in their work. They have done web pages, animations, videos, photography etc. Their portfolio/website is clean and clear as day.

-Stephanie Carroll