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Inspiration Sites

Hey everyone! Check out these links that we talked about at the last meeting. Find some inspiration and do great work!

Graphic Design:

http://designspiration.net/

http://abduzeedo.com/

http://whatthecool.com/

http://jessicahische.is/

http://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/

http://lovelypackage.com/

http://statemottosproject.com/

http://www.thedieline.com/

http://underconsideration.com/artofthemenu/

http://jolbyandfriends.com/

http://designspiration.net/

Art:

http://trendland.com/art/

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/

Typography:

http://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/

http://www.fontsquirrel.com/

http://losttype.com/

Interface/Web:

http://tympanus.net/codrops/

http://onepagelove.com/

 

Posted September 27th, 2012 by hillse | AIGA, Inspiration, Resources, Uncategorized

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Speaker Recap | Kayd Roy

On March 6, 2012 we had the great pleasure of hosting Stout Alumni Kayd Roy as she shared with us her experience and advice on portfolios, freelancing, interviewing, and self-promotion.

Kayd has a wide variety of professional experience and currently works at Target Corporation in Minneapolis in the Product Design and Development department.

Her advice on portfolios:

  • either 8-10 of your best pieces OR 4-6 completely blown out projects
  • (completely blown out projects might include 20 or so applications such as poster, facebook, flyer, a bus, etc)
  • Revise, recreate and finalize past projects so that they are up to your standards
  • Expand current projects
  • Show your process (within moderation) companies want to know how you think
  • Add in your other skills (drawing, photography, illustration, writing, web design–incorporate in your projects! highlight your strengths and modify your projects to do so!)
  • Don’t put all of your best work online–you want to have new and exciting things to show during an interview
  • (Check out Studio MPLS‘s blog to see how they show their process)
  • Your portfolio could be arranged in this order (in rank of your project’s effectiveness) 1, 4, 6, 8, 3, 5, 7, 2
  • Keep it simple–let your work speak for itself
  • Have a SHORT summary of your projects–talk about school projects as if they aren’t ficticious
  • Have large, PROFESSIONAL-looking photos
  • DETAILS COUNT!

Getting an Interview:

  • Ask for an informational interview:  I really like your work, I’m a student in my ___ year. I would like to meet up and hear about your company and possibly talk about my work after. Would you be able to meet up _______?
  • Network: Twitter, AIGA events, Studio Events
  • Tell family and friends that you’re looking for a job!
  • Be involved in AIGA
  • Have a job-any job (companies are more likely to hire someone who already has a job)

Interviewing:

  • Listen–ask questions to connect on another level
  • First Impressions–you can look “artistic” without looking like a slob, know who you’re interviewing with (check them out on facebook etc beforehand)
  • Research–who are their clients? what’s the atmosphere like? Did they just launch a huge project?
  • Dress-classy but show personality, know where you’re interviewing/what the atmosphere is like and dress accordingly, you’re a creative so show it!
  • send a thank you!

Self-Promotion

  • Be YOU and have a consistent brand
  • Set goals and blog about them
  • BE SOCIAL–blog, tweet, attend events
  • Ask previous clients to refer you
  • try to get featured–the dieline.com, lovelypackage.com, ask friends to blog about your work

Freelance

  • Charge by the hour
  • ALWAYS have a contract
  • Be professional
  • KEEP RECORDS
  • Understand what the project requirements are–size, budget, where they are getting it printed/what restrictions that has on you, what will be required of you? do they already have pictures or a logo?
  • Don’t underestimate the time it will take you
  • Keep track of your hours
  • You can have “working hours” when the client knows you are available so you don’t end up getting emails at 11:00pm expecting something done by 8:00am the next morning
  • Use paymo.com
  • Logo Design=at least 20 hours of work (research, ideation, revisions etc)
  • $15/hr for freshman, sophomores, or unexperienced freelancers
  • $25/hr for juniors
  • $40/hr for seniors
  • $50/hr for very experienced or full-time freelancers

Kayd has graciously invited us to email her for her prepared documents/contracts for freelance work

Lastly, she reminds us not to work for free!

kaydroy@gmail.com          @kaydroy         http://kayddesign.com/

Thanks for coming Kayd! You had excellent advice and we enjoyed having you!

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AIGA | Sign-Ups Meeting!

Be sure to stop by next week to pay your dues ($10 a semester or $20 for the whole year), sign up for the blog and a few other AIGA things, and to go over a few commitees we’re doing! We’ll also help you find our Facebook page (and show you how to turn off the pesky notifications). Also, if you’re interested in joining AIGA Minnesota, we’ll hopefully be having a bit more of information on that! (Tentatively, if not this coming week, hopefully the week after!)

BRING YOUR COMPUTER!!!!

We’ll be in Jarvis 110 again! And if you missed out the first time, don’t feel like you missed your shot! You can still join! If you couldn’t find the room, let me know and I can explain it to you :]

See you next week!

Posted September 13th, 2011 by Ashley Hohnstein | AIGA, AIGA Benefits, Meeting, Resources

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45 Great Online Resources for Designers

Smashing Magazine boasts quality content that is mostly web design oriented, but their post on Time Saving and Educational Resources for Web Designers contains a handful of links that graphic designers will also find incredibly useful.  Take a look!

 

Posted May 23rd, 2011 by Madeleine Wichert | Inspiration, Resources, Tutorial, Typography