All posts tagged: Portfolio

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Manning Gottlieb Interview

Two weeks ago I had an interview for the positions of Social Media Designer at Manning Gottlieb, a multi-award winning design agency based in London. I didn’t get the position (the company didn’t hire anyone in the end), but I was told that I was the strongest candidate with ‘amazing design talent’ and ‘really great ideas’. Of course I was sad not to get the role, but I firmly believe everything happens for a reason and that something even better will come along. Always stay positive! After I passed the phone interview, I had to prepare a brief of work for the final stage. Unfortunately I didn’t get the brief until much later than planned due to an administration error and I had to make do with the time I had. I worked continuously for 2 days straight and got the first two of the four parts done in great detail. I managed to thoroughly research the other two and come up with a variety of ideas ready to present for my interview. The interview …

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Magazine & Leaflet Design

At the beginning of this year I started my new job as a Visual Marketing Manager at a French company called Soft Paris. However, I chose only to complete the 5 week probationary contract, rather than stay on full-time, due to a few reasons. Unfortunately the language barrier was just too much. I know only basic French and my colleagues at the time knew very little English. This made communicating professionally as well as socially really difficult and so I found the whole experience very isolating. I knew after the first 2 weeks that the position wasn’t what I had expected, but I finished the 5 week period to gain managerial & design experience and I don’t regret it for a second. I certainly learnt a lot – including a fair bit of French – and in this post I will show you 2 of the big projects I headed up! The main piece of work I had was to redesign the company recruitment magazine. I had to update the layout, photography, imagery, content and …

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A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words

This is one of my favourite graphical pieces I’ve done. I decided that for my CV I wanted an image that represented me – what I like, what I can do – and I wanted it to have that ‘wow’ factor to grab potential employers’ attention. I thought, what better way to do this, than using an image of yourself and the different tones to express key words about my skills and abilities? The below is the result! It took a good few hours to get it just how I wanted and I’ve included a black and white copy as well as colour. I overlay some of the colours and emphasised the shapes of my eyes as I didn’t want to lose the detail of the unedited picture. As per usual, I hope you like it!

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Iron Solutions – Website & Business Card Design

This is a project that I had to design a logo, business cards and a site for. Unfortunately near completion, the business went under and so no longer needed the work I had created, but I still use it in my portfolio as an example of my skills as well as my ability to listen to my client and adapt their needs. My friend, the client, said they wanted branding that represented structure, strength and profession. They wanted a simple colour scheme, focused on the blacks and greys with a hint of blue or gold/orange. I began researching imagery relating to the themes and ideas and came up with few varying concepts, shown above. The final site design is also shown above. My client loved the ideas from start to completion and was thrilled with the final pieces. It’s a shame that his company unfortunately went under at the end of the project and the work I had created wasn’t utilised, but I learnt a lot from the project, from dealing with and understanding clients …

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SBA Systems – Web/Graphic Design & Social Media

(Please click on an image to enlarge it!) SBA Systems was one of my first projects undertaken through freelance; and therefore one of my projects I’m more proud of. SBA Systems is a Telecommunications company based in and around Essex. They wanted a site, built from scratch, that not only reflected business and technology, but also their branding of ‘red and black’. They didn’t want something that looked too ‘clinical’, but they did want something that was professional, simple to navigate and modern. My clients actually loved my designs from the initial ideas to the final stages! On the Home Page there is a revolving banner that holds a summary of some of the main areas of the business and underneath were 3 pictures and links to other areas. There is a News Page with related articles and their Twitter feed, as well as Contact Page. I designed the site itself in Photoshop, which allowed me to match the red colour and tone of black exactly to the existing logo. I wanted to ensure that …

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Achievements at Benefit

Whilst working at Benefit I was lucky enough to have my work recognised on a number of occasions. My work through Wildfire Interactive and my Social Media Management and Development of the Benefit Facebook page made it into a case study and as a result, in the Metro Newspaper. It spoke about how my template and tab designs significantly improved fan engagement and interest. The artwork I created for competitions and events also saw a big increase in activity. The second is an award that I achieved from the CEO of Benefit Cosmetics. The UK Digital Dept (my boss and I), had seen the biggest growth and development of ALL the offices internationally. This was easily one of my proudest moments, and knowing that my commitment to the Benefit Social Media channels, the visuals I produced and my strategies directly influenced this award is something I’ll always treasure. The last is something I got from the Benefit Marketing Manager. In my time at Benefit, I took the Facebook fans from 45,000, to over 400,000. This …

So It’s 2012…

Okay, so I’ve been terrible about writing on here. I have this whole list of things I want to talk about, with an even bigger list of things I’ve done, and I just don’t seem to be finding the time to do it! So, even though it’s somewhat late (better late, than never, no?), I have come up with my New Years resolutions. I know the general consensus is that you make them and then try to follow them for the first week of January, but then give up and go back to your normal ‘flawed’ routine and/or become lazy and complacent. For me, though, most of my resolutions are actually not instantly doable. This wasn’t deliberate, I just want to put down ideas and goals that will last me all year round! So, here are my NY resolutions: 1. Learn to drive – I applied for my provisional license back in September, and still haven’t received it. I’m aware that I had to declare my medical problems, but to take almost 4 months is …

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Competitions, Campaigns & PR

Okay, so it’s been a ridiculously long time since I last posted. What with Christmas and work, I’ve found barely any time to properly sit down and write about what I’ve been doing! I’ll try and carry on from where I left off (and perhaps make one of my New Years resolutions to post on here far more often)… Following on from my last ridiculously long post, I thought I’d do a relatively ‘short’ one on our ‘latest’ competitions and campaigns. But first, I should make a little (and very late) announcement. As of the 1st of December, I officially helped Benefit go over the 100,000 fans mark. That’s right my friends… WE REACHED 100,000 FANS! With the help of some networking and sharing of competitions on forums, I saw an increase of over 2,000 fans in a day! What an achievement! The office was SO happy! Of course, me being me (a workaholic and a geek), this just made my year. I told the bloggers at the event on the 25th of November that …

15 minutes to go, on my 9th day of working at Benefit Cosmetics. It feels like I’ve been working here for ages already! After here I plan to go straight to the gym. I’m lucky enough to have it about 30 seconds from my office, but that doesn’t actually make going any easier! I used to work part-time at a company called Ixion Holdings. It’s on the same street as I am now, only, I finished my work day at 2. I really enjoyed my afternoon and evenings free, to do as I please. Now, I finish at 5:30 every day, tired and headachey from a full day that to be honest, my body is still getting used to. My neck condition is making this extra difficult, but I’m ploughing on regardless! Because of this, however, my motivation to go to the gym has become severely lacking… I haven’t been in a week! It occurred to me that now I’m working full time, like most adults, your personal, social and free time really is a …