Professional Practice In Art & Design

 

-PERSONAL DATABASE-


 

This is my Personal Database of possible contacts needed for the future!

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-ANALYSING JOB ADVERTS-


1. Illustrator and Graphic Designer

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Position Advertised:

Illustrator with experience in Graphic Design based in Dublin City Centre for an initial 6 month contract.

Skills / Qualifications / Experience needed:

  • Experience in the design industry
  • Minimum 4 years working in a design house / a similar role
  • Leaving Cert
  • Relevant Degree / Diploma or equivalent
  • Advanced knowledge – graphics software ( e.g. Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign )
  • Solid experience with digital technology and editing softwares
  • Video editing skills desirable but not essential
  • Thorough knowledge of timing, motivation, continuity etc
  • Creative mind and storytelling skills
  • Advanced knowledge standard MS software, particularly Word and Powerpoint
  • Ability to articulate creative concepts to team members and customers
  • Demonstrated ability to use initiative and be innovative
  • Strong layout skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent problem solving and decision making skills

What is involved?

  • Understand / execute guidelines and policies of the brand
  • Design / produce brochures, large format printing (e.g. posters, banners, invitations, newsletters, calendars, signage etc )
  • Create complex infographics
  • Formatting high-end Powerpoint decks
  • Design / create original material using basic elements ( colour, theory, typography, layout, design software ) incorporating elements of the brand, when appropriate
  • Creating images and designs by using the traditional hand skills of drawing alongside other electronic tools and techniques, to meet design briefs
  • Liaising with clients in order to understand and interpret their business needs
  • Thinking creatively and using imagination to produce new ideas
  • Maintain open dialogue with customers and understand expectations. Communicate the status of projects to customers including total time estimate, time of completion, and outstanding issues
  • Outsource projects/tasks to internal or external service providers as required (e.g., external printers). Obtain bids. Schedule production
  • Accurately track time to projects on a daily basis
  • Keep current on new graphic techniques and technologies, recommending changes as appropriate.
  • Willingness to work at a detailed level and flexibility with regard to outside office hours work where necessary

Challenges / Barriers:

  • Minimum 4 years working in a design house / a similar role
  • Solid experience with digital technology and editing softwares
  • Video editing skills desirable but not essential
  • Formatting high-end Powerpoint decks
  • Creating images and designs by using the traditional hand skills of drawing alongside other electronic tools and techniques, to meet design briefs
  • Outsource projects/tasks to internal or external service providers as required (e.g., external printers). Obtain bids. Schedule production

Opportunities:

  • Working with a leading Multinational Company
  • Working for an initial 6 month contract, which maybe could be extended
  • Gain more experience in the Graphic Design Industry
  • Learn new skills and gain experience
  • Overcome the challenges initially set out in this job

( https://ie.indeed.com/cmp/Priority-Placements-Ltd/jobs/Illustrator-Graphic-Designer-216a79ad378594b8?q=Graphic+Design )


2. Graphic Design Undergraduate

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 Position Advertised:

Graphic Design Undergraduate to join their team and assist with their increased work load.

Keywords:

Skills / Qualifications / Experience needed:

  • Degree in Visual Communications or related field
  • Excellent creative and technical skills in print design and development of layouts using appealing graphics that are well organised
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines in a fast paced environment
  • Familiarity  with print production and print finishes
  • Strong organisational and time management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well within a team environment
  • Proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat are essential
  • Knowledge of animation and film editing would be an advantage but not a necessity
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office including MS Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint

What is involved?

  • Responsible for assisting with the design and production of various ongoing initiatives
  • Will need to work within the brand guidelines and be responsible for the design and delivery of creative projects, seeing them through to completion
  • Projects include internal and external communications including but not necessarily restricted to brochures, posters, flyers, invitations, newsletters, infographics etc
  • Specific project related graphics, bid and submission support as well as presentations will also be included

Challenges / Barriers:

  • Familiarity with print production and print finishes
  • Knowledge of animation and film editing
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Outlook

Opportunities:

  • Working with a global company
  • Placement length to be decided, based on availability of the right candidate with the possibility of a permanent role
  • Gain more experience in the Graphic Design Industry
  • Learn new skills and gain experience
  • Overcome the challenges initially set out in this job

( http://www.joinarup.com/job/graphic-design-undergraduate-graphic-design-DUB00001D-47/?utm_source=indeed )


3. Graphic Designer

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Position Advertised:

Experienced Graphic Designer / Digital Printer for Reads, Nassau Street, Dublin.

Keywords:

Skills / Qualifications / Experience needed:

  • Fluent English
  • 1+ years experience in a similar role
  • Adobe Creative Suite – including InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines

What is involved?

  • Be free to work 40 hours per week
  • Candidates need to show enthusiasm and a willingness to learn all aspects of graphic software
  • Work within a team ( under pressure and to tight deadlines )

Challenges / Barriers:

  • 1+ years experience in a similar role
  • Adobe InDesign

Opportunities:

  • Working with a successful team
  • Learn all aspects of graphic software
  • Long term prospects
  • Learn new skills and gain experience
  • Overcome the challenges initially set out in this job

( https://jobbio.com/ie/job/27255/nassau-street-dublin-ireland/reads/graphic-designer?utm_source=indeed&utm_source=Indeed&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Indeed&rx_source=Indeed&rx_campaign=indeed06&rx_medium=cpc )


4. Digital Visual Designer

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Position Advertised:

Digital Visual Designer

Keywords:

Skills / Qualifications / Experience needed:

  • Possess excellent visual design skills and specialise in Web and Mobile design
  • Have an appreciation of interaction design
  • Communicate effectively and possess a commercial understanding and awareness
  • 5+ years in depth knowledge and experience of Digital visual design
  • Proficiency in relevant software packages including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
  • Demonstrate skills in illustration, photography, or diagrammatic expertise and iconography are an advantage.
  • Good understanding of 3D graphics packages, motion graphics software and Office packages are an advantage
  • Understanding of Interaction Design software a benefit, such as Axure, OmniGraffle, etc
  • Keen to learn, with a willingness to broaden skill set across all Design competencies
  • Engage with and work within changing multi-disciplinary teams
  • Have excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience

What is involved?

  • Involved in and contributes to the conceptual development and delivery of visual design for digital projects
  • Participate in brainstorms or user focused offerings
  • Provide screen based solutions focusing on UI design and connecting across channels such as Web and Mobile
  • Play an active role in client meetings and lead the Creative Design process
  • Work on projects from concept and sketching to final design and asset creation
  • Work with high profile brands within tight brand guidelines and timescales
  • Assist in the creation of set brand guidelines and specifications

Challenges / Barriers:

  • Specialise in Web and Mobile design
  • 5+ years in depth knowledge and experience of Digital visual design
  • Diagrammatic expertise and iconography
  • Good understanding of 3D graphics packages, motion graphics software
  • Understanding of Interaction Design software a benefit, such as Axure, OmniGraffle, etc
  • Provide screen based solutions focusing on UI design and connecting across channels such as Web and Mobile
  • Leading the Creative Design process

Opportunities:

  • Working in UI / Interaction design ( Web and Mobile )
  • Working with high profile brands
  • Gain experience in the Interaction / UI Design Industry
  • Learn new skills and working within a team
  • Overcome the challenges initially set out in this job

( https://www.accenture.com/ie-en/careers/jobdetails?id=00430671_en&src=JB-11540 )


5. Production Assistant

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Position Advertised:

Production Assistant – responsible for supporting Producers and Production team on a day to day basis

Keywords:

Skills / Qualifications / Experience needed:

  • Able to communicate clearly and professionally with crew and clients
  • Able to work well under pressure
  • Excellent organisation and writing skills essential
  • Strong computer skills especially with MS office
  • Fluent in English, oral and written
  • Previous experience in a Production Assistant role would be an advantage
  • Some knowledge or understanding of visual effects or post-production
  • Previous experience using database, e.g. Shotgun or a similar production orientated tool

What is involved?

  • Liase with senior VFX staff and crew
  • Answer phone calls and take messages as appropriate
  • Update diaries and schedules
  • Assist the Production Team as needed
  • General administrative duties as required

Challenges / Barriers:

  • Previous experience in a Production Assistant role
  • Knowledge or understanding of visual effects or post-production
  • Previous experience using database, e.g. Shotgun or a similar production orientated tool
  • Administrative duties

Opportunities:

  • Working with a well known VFX company
  • To gain experience and work towards being part of the Production Team and working in VFX
  • Learn new skills
  • Overcome the challenges initially set out in this job

( http://www.windmilllanevfx.com/recruit )


6.  Compositors

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Position Advertised:

Windmill Lane VFX are seeking highly motivated and experienced Compositors to join the team for an exciting feature project.

Compositors – who can seamlessly combine live action and computer generated elements into visual effects shots which will realise the vision and creative direction of the client and visual effects supervisor.

Skills / Qualifications / Experience needed:

  • Previous experience working within the VFX industry
  • At least 2 years working knowledge of Nuke. Knowledge of Shotgun a plus
  • Detail orientated, creative with clear communication skills
  • Proven ability to work closely in a small team with tight schedules
  • Demonstrate the ability to prioritise and manage time well

What is involved?

  • Perform all tasks associated with the compositing process, including keyring, layering of live action and CG, 2D tracking and colour grading
  • Take direction from the 2D Supervisor and overall Supervisor on the show
  • Complete work within the schedule while maintaining constant communication with production team and supervisors

Challenges / Barriers:

  • Previous experience within the VFX industry
  • 2 years working knowledge of Nuke or Shotgun
  • Keyring, layering of live action and CG, 2D tracking and colour grading

Opportunities:

  • Working with a well known VFX company
  • To gain experience as a Compositior and work towards being part of the Production Team and working in VFX
  • Learn new skills
  • Overcome the challenges initially set out in this job

( http://www.windmilllanevfx.com/recruit )

-S.W.O.T ANALYSIS RESEARCH-


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 References:

https://onextrapixel.com/use-swot-analysis-for-your-next-design-project/

http://visual.ly/swot-analysis

http://www.freepik.com/free-vector/graphic-design-infographic-inspiration_711301.htm#term=swot%20analysis&page=1&position=3

https://slidemodel.com/templates/flat-swot-analysis-powerpoint-template/swot-analysis-slide-design-for-powerpoint/


 

 

 

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-CV RESEARCH-


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 References:

http://www.howdesign.com/editors-picks/10-eye-catching-graphic-designer-resumes/

https://www.behance.net/gallery/12943059/Self-Branding-CVResume

https://www.behance.net/gallery/13691451/Curriculum-Vitae

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/53591339e4b05e628094492d/t/54f7f4dde4b0fd351b591a3d/1425536223827/Pixeden+Free+Resume+Resource

http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/beautiful-resume-design/

http://theultralinx.com/2012/07/creative-graphic-design-resume-cv/


 

 

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First CV Draft:

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Finished CV:

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-CAREER PATH RESEARCH-


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References:

http://www.coolinfographics.com/blog/tag/mind-map

http://gentx.org/resources/downloads/

https://www.myfuture.edu.au


Sketches:

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 -Career Path Poster-


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-Portfolio Prep-

Portfolio needs to be:

  • clear
  • organised
  • updated every so often
  • indexed and work labeled
  • simple to navigate through

Aims:

  • Demonstrate your experience
  • To sell your skills and design work

Format:

  • I would like to have both a traditional one and an online version in the form of a Behance account or my own portfolio website. By using both formats, it would cater for both future employers who either like to view work online or physical print outs of it. I would eventually have it all online because it’s easier but for now I will most likely used both formats.

Order:

I will organise my portfolio, according to my best work which will be placed at the front and so on.


Key considerations for a design portfolio:

The graphic design portfolio is a crucial selling tool for career advancement. It reveals the breadth of your abilities and exposes your design thinking to a potential employer or client. Obviously, you want to blow them away with your work. But how do you make your portfolio stand out from the other applicants?

Before we cover these tips, please note that when selecting pieces to include in your portfolio from your current position to check with your employer first. You need to make sure that your employer clears those designs for you to use.

5 Ways to Make Your Portfolio Stand Out

  • A strong portfolio typically has 10-12 examples of your work. But this is not a hard rule. You want to include only your best work. If you feel that you don’t have 10-12 examples of work that are particularly stellar, then don’t feel obligated to include them. If you have only five strong examples, then only present those five.
  • A portfolio needs to demonstrate your problem-solving and communication abilities. Include pieces that demonstrate your approach to connecting with a target audience that satisfies the design’s end goals. This showcases your critical thinking skills to an employer.
  • It’s beneficial to include a snippet of text along with your design. It explains your process behind the design, how the design communicates effectively and how it achieves the desired result. This is another way to provide an employer with an inside look to your design thinking.
  • Gear your portfolio to the position you are applying for and one that accurately reflects your talents. For example, would you describe yourself as a generalist or a specialist? Are you a jack of all trades without a strong focus in one type of design or are you specialized in one area of design? Make sure your portfolio reflects what type of designer you are and how your skills will benefit the position.
  • Lastly, remember that as a graphic designer you are also a marketer. Presenting your strategic portfolio verbally is another component that employers and clients will consider during the vetting process. Verbal and visual communication are key selling tools to land the job you want. So practice how you will you present before meeting with the potential employer.

Other key considerations for a design portfolio:

  • Leave them wanting more
  • Let the work speak for itself
  • Show self initiated work
  • Show design process

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References:

http://www.howdesign.com/resources-education/online-design-courses-education/make-your-graphic-design-portfolio-stand-out/


-PORTFOLIO WORK-


 

Here is some of the work I am going to include in my portfolio;

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