Category Archives: Post Grad Life

A Designer Never Stops Learning

 

So I recently graduated in December and committed myself to job hunting for about two months straight. I was ruthlessly applying to jobs with positions like “Graphic Designer, Visual Designer and UX Design”. After two months of not receiving call backs I started to reevaluate my work. I went to professors, friends and family to give me feedback on my résumé. I went to job fairs and resume building events on campus and spent a good week and a half redesigning it.

I started applying again to jobs only to receive emails along the lines of, “your résumé is really impressive however your skills do not exactly match our needs”. This was actually great news because now I know that my résumé is top-notch and my portfolio is lacking. So the redesign process began again: ruthlessly revising my portfolio, playing with hierarchies and organization of projects. Including more case studies and excluding meaningless projects. Revising past projects that could use more polishing and looking at projects on Behance for inspiration.

I started reading more design blogs and reaching out to the authors to tell them my appreciation. Little did I know that I had inadvertently started networking with these bloggers. There isn’t a particular end to this story; I’m still job hunting, I’m still creating independent projects and I’m still working with design teams to create great things. I’m still learning. Everyday I try to learn something new because well designers never stop learning.

P.S. This month’s agenda is to learn front-end development, become fluent in spanish and revise a past UI/UX Project.

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The Lego Movie: Advice for Non-Designer People Going into the Creative Field

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So being the post-graduate that I am, I went to go see The Lego Movie last weekend with a few friends. If you were looking for childhood nostalgia then you will find it with this movie. Don’t worry; there won’t be any spoiler alerts here.

What I got out of The Lego Movie (besides tears of laughter and fun) is that you don’t have to be an “artist” to be creative. Anyone can be creative if they believe! I’ve met so many people that wish they had the ability to draw. I would like to remind those people that just because you can draw or design doesn’t mean that you are creative. Creativity is the expression of a conventional thought personalized by you! For those of you who still have your doubts, go and see The Lego Movie. Like right now. Or at least when it comes out on DVD six months later.

When you do see the movie, let me know! I’d love to hear your thoughts on it good or bad! But please remember, no spoilers!

Post-Pittsburgh Comicon

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September 27th – 29th 2013 was my first attendance to the Pittsburgh Comicon as an Artist. All of my posts up until now have been updates to my progress with merchandise and artwork. This time you get to hear all about it!

For my first tabling experience I have to say that I did great! I exceeded my own expectations and I feel accomplished because of that. At first it felt intimidating but I made many connections with the surrounding artist and had an enjoyable birthday. I was able to participate in the Quick Sketch event on Sunday and helped the Comicon reach nearly $13,000 to be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. I had great support from my friends, family and even my university! Overall I had a great experience tabling at the Comicon and hope to participate again next year. Thanks to everyone that was able to give me feedback through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn!

Here are some photos from the event!

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