The Next Chapter

Its been almost 9 years since I left high school. Time has flown by in the blink of an eye. At 18 I was sure I wanted to become a fashion designer. I did my research and applied to schools. Come August, I packed up my life and moved half way across the county to start my new life as an “adult”. Turns out I didn’t know everything at 18. I eventually realized I did not want to be part of that industry; I finished the program and spent the next few years figuring out what I didn’t want to do with my life.

I have finally found something I truly love. I have spent the last 3 years refining my  skills and learning about the graphic design industry. I am now focused on creating a portfolio that will help me stand apart and a job as a designer. I am also focused on networking with other professionals from the industry. I am using social networking tools such as Linkedin and Twitter to establish an online presence. I am also attending industry events such as PechaKucha and GDC portfolio review  nights. In many cases who you know is just as important as what you know in this industry and I will do what it takes to succeed. It’s been a long road and I am ready to start the next chapter in my life.

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I Don’t Care What You Had For Breakfast

breakfast

Bacon and Eggs

I am quite selective with what I share on the internet. I am a private person and that influences my thoughts, feelings and policies on how I conduct myself on any type of social network.  What you post on the internet is out there forever and you won’t catch me posting anything inappropriate. That kind of stuff has a way of biting you in the ass. And multiple posts annoy me to no end. I don’t need to know what you had for breakfast, and lunch and dinner.

The social networks I use are Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and Pinterest.  Facebook and Linkedin are used for very different reasons and never shall the two meet. Facebook is purely a social tool for me, it gives me a chance to catch up with old friends I may not have time to talk to on a regular basis, and  Linkedin is for professional purposes only.  Twitter falls somewhere in the middle I never post anything too personal on Twitter because to do follow people in the graphic design industry and some of those people follow me. I generally follow people with similar interests.

Just because Someone follows or tries to connect me I don’t always reciprocate, I make a point only follow, connect, or befriend someone who I have some sort of connection with in the first place. I don’t typically introduce myself when friending new people because only accept friend request from people I already know.

I have boundaries, and when it comes to the internet, I’d like to keep my private life private. Check out these links, it will help you set your own boundaries when it comes to social networking.

http://publicrelationsmatters.com/2008/10/07/create-your-own-social-media-policy/

http://www.talentculture.com/social-media/whats-your-personal-social-media-policy/

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Compare and Contrast

The WAG

The Winnipeg Art Gallery Blog

The CAG

Contemporary Art Gallery Blog

I am new to this whole blog thing. I never really read them all that much and I have never had my own before. So when given the assignment to compare and contrast two different art museum blogs, I was a little intimidated.

I chose to analyze The Winnipeg Art Gallery blog and The Contemporary Art Gallery blog. I found that the WAG blog was a little more fun and primarily used photography with minimal text while the CAG blog had more of a mature feel to it. I found was more text heavy and complimented with pictures. I liked that  CAG had a twitter feed linked to it as it provides a more complete experience for the reader. I appreciate the fact that both blogs have easy use navigation bars at the top of the page, and both use their side bars to provide links to archived posts. I do prefer the layout and the look and feel of the WAG blog.

Whether it be up and coming events or new initiatives, both of these blogs are used for the same purpose: to keep the public informed.

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The Colour Orange

We are Soup portfolio website
We are Soup portfolio website
We are Soup

We are Soup portfolio website

We Are Soup Review

First and foremost this is an eye catching site. The fact that it is very clean appeals to me. I like the bright bold colours and simplistic graphics, and the fact that it doesn’t have a ton of unnecessary “things” competing for my attention. I am also on an orange kick , so I’m sure that has contributed to my affinity for the site. I appreciate the fact that the navigation for the site is fixed so I have no problem finding the different sections. There are interesting little details that adds to the overall user experience. The personalized icons are a nice touch. Although I like this site a lot, I wish I could see images of their work without having to hover over top of it. It takes to much work to see their portfolio, and as a portfolio site, its that the goal?

Big Noise

Big Noise portfolio website

Big Noise Review

Another orange site, big surprise. I like the look and feel of this site, the quirky graphics really gives this site a cool vibe. I appreciate that there is evidence of a grid on this, even though this site has more going on, it still feels like there is order. Again I like the attention to detail. The fact that links on the navigation bar change colour depending on what page you are on is a plus, and the main graphic surrounding the logo changes as you navigate though the different pages is a nice touch. I like that their work is featured on the home page and when going to the “work” page, their portfolio is organized in a neat and effective way. They could have used more contrast in their main type and I wish their footer stood out a bit more, but all in all I like it.

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