Sign A’ Cause III

I have been working on this project for sometime now, and from the last sketches and discussions with some of my graphic design colleagues we agreed that the “occupy Hunger” image with a fork as a thumb probably works the best, so I took that one and worked with it, and here is how it turned out occupy-hunger-poster

I also made variations and mockups of some other ones just to see how it would look as a campaign.

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2-free-keychain-mockup-psd-filesI was pretty happy with the urn out, however, I may have to go back in and add a “call out” to these

 

 

Sign A’ Cause

Have you ever wondered what you purpose was and what you could be doing to make the world better? It is a question I ask myself often and as a graphic designer, i believe i have a responsibility somewhat of making sure that the information that need to be known is told in a way that attracts and hold attention long enough for people to do something about, and this was the basis of this project, just thinking about the world and making sketches of solutions to what I think are the problems we face in the world.

 

here are some of the ideas i was working with

 

 

 

 

JOB SEARCH ANXIETY

So the time has come to get some kind of job, freelance or otherwise, and you are wondering, and you are feeling lost without a clue where to start.. well I’ll like to share my top tips for eliminating the “job search anxiety”.
First things first, you need to prepare yourself for the time this is going to take, the meticulous planning and sometimes the need to encourage yourself, accept criticism and be persistent, since there are no guarantees. Your first try may be the job you get and in other times it may take a while to get a call back.
After you have prepared yourself next you need to define what kind of job you want and in what sections, and with what companies. Understanding what it is exactly what direction you want to go in helps streamline where you put in your applications and clear out the clutter and confusion likely to arise if you don’t. If you are not sure or you have wildly varied interests like me, one way to decide is to make a list of interest based on their levels of interest, and apply to companies based on that list.
Next, and very importantly you need to build or review your resume, adapting it to specific companies where you are applying. During the process of writing your resume, it is very important that it stands out and is very well written, devoid of grammatical errors, and wrong spellings. Be careful to use active words rather than passive words, and as much as possible try to make your resume standout, maybe in its design, the use of subtle colors and font, while still keeping it professional.
As Graphics designers, perhaps nothing is quite the eye grabber a s a portfolio, which is a combination of all your best work to showcase what you can do, putting together a portfolio is just as important as a resume in out\r line of work, keep it clean, of high quality and standard and professional.
Next you are ready to send out your resume and start your application process, as much as possible, attach a cover letter which is a detailed but not too long statement of your skills and intention to work and why. Try also to address individuals in your process. some applications allow for portfolios to be sent along with your application, so keep a digital portfolio handy.
And Finally be patient these things take time, and in the process prepare as much as you can for an interview, so when you are actually called in, you would not be caught off guard or unprepared.

OUTSIDERS, CHANGE AND THE GRAPHICS DESIGNER

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Change is hard, moving is hard, starting a career is hard, changing career paths is riffed with insecurities, and trying to make a new career in a new environment, culture, and sphere is perhaps one of the most daunting ordeals one can undertake within a short time.  If you are like me, and any of these describe you, WELCOME… to the blog post of a fellow inquirer.

 

You’re probably in a constant state of experiencing a mishmash and a plethora of emotions on a daily, weekly and even every timely basis: optimism at the chances ahead of you, insecurities about your skills then you are looking for some semblance of a direction as to what road you should walk on, I know I am, especially being in a field as competitive as Graphics design. As a result, every time I find any sort of instructional “know-how” into the field of graphics design, hold on, latch on to them for dear life because I realize that if i am to be even a smidgen successful, I need as much insight as possible from people in the field, then I found this Website: http://justcreative.com/  by Jacob Cass which in my opinion should be called ” Prospective Graphics Designer’s Guide to Graphics Design”, a manual of sorts taking time to spell out the important things we need to know and do before, during, and even after your primary education.

 

Jacob Cass’s article: “Graphic Design Jobs: Where Are They and What Skills Do You Need to Land Them?” http://justcreative.com/2014/05/12/graphic-design-jobs-where-are-they-and-what-skills-do-you-need-to-land-them/ is an article I found very useful, especially being “an outsider” because it not only details the biggest Graphics design opportunities are, in what states, and where best to apply, but He also details what the most sought after skills are. This helps me prepare my mind and determine what skills I need to learn, refine and improve to make myself more marketable and even irresistible, stacking the already skewed odds in my favor.

 

The other aspect of this post and website as a whole is that it links to other relevant websites, such as http://design.tutsplus.com/ http://design.tutsplus.com/articles/50-totally-free-lessons-in-graphic-design-theory–psd-2916 and to other relevant articles within the blog http://justcreative.com/2008/02/25/99-graphic-design-resources/  http://justcreative.com/2008/02/25/99-graphic-design-resources/ http://justcreative.com/2008/02/25/99-graphic-design- resources/http://justcreative.com/2008/03/27/how-to-get-freelance-design-jobs-for-students/  which are all great resources to quell the troubled designer’s mind, and give tutorials, daily challenges and everything in-between.

 

I understand that every day is a struggle, and as designers, we literally live change as a lifestyle, it is always a breath of fresh air to have a helping hand and a guidance to make the journey a tad easier, and this is what I believe this website has done and is doing, and it is encouraging designers and students alike and inspiring everyone who comes in contact with this website and with the author and for this I am grateful to the author Jacob Cass and I hope that  the new wave of designers coming up can be equally inspirational to other generations of designers. For this I say Thank you Jacob Cass