Monday, 22 October 2012

Applying for the future // Cover Letter Header

So this evening I've been working on the header for my cover letter. I've been sitting in front of my laptop for hours, trying to put something together that looks professional and also shows a bit about what I am about.

I only tested out the type in a few select colours as I didn't want anything too in your face as thats just not really me.

The first three designs I kept quite simple and just used type and lines as I wanted to get a sort of basic idea first before I added anything extra to it.

After finding a type that I liked which is called DayangSenandung which I downloaded from I added one of my designs to it, to use as a sort of logo for my name.
I was worried at first that it would make it too busy but it's actually added a little something to it. I think it makes it look more attractive and brings a more interesting element to it.
With the final design, I wasn't sure at first if adding two images to the type would be too busy and take attention away from the type or add to it and only did this design in black as adding colour to it, I feel would be slightly too much.

The next step is to put a final design in to InDesign and start constructing my pdf.
I'm really interested to hear what any of you think about the designs, which you prefer, what you don't like so much, how I could possibly improve...

At the moment, I am going with this design but this could all change, I would still love to hear some feedback as it helps me with my development.  

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Applying for the future

As I'm now in the second year of university it come to the point where we need to start thinking about the possibly job opportunities and the future. As one of our first briefs we have been asked to produce a cover letter, a CV and portfolio to be saved as a pdf. This is to be like a practice run for applying for a job. At the beginning of the brief we were asked to fill out a self evaluation and find and company/job etc that we would like to apply for and hopefully work for in the future. I picked one of my favourite magazines, Hunger Magazine for my job spec.

If you don't already know what it is then there is a  click through link to the website, I also did a post about it a while back here

Although I sometimes get very stressed out doing it, layouts are one of my favourite things about design, wether is laying  something out in a sketchbook or uploading something online, It always find I become a bit of a perfectionist about it.

I thought as I was going to be making this mock application for Hunger, I would have a look through the magazines to try and inspire myself for my own layouts for my cover letter etc.
Other than getting ideas, I've just been trying to write up cover letter and drawing up wire frames.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Catch Up/ Update on life.

So seeing as I had the rest of the day off from uni I thought I would come home and do a little work before heading out later, sadly I still haven't found my motivation flow and thought what better time to update the ol'blog seeing as its been a while. Reasons for this would be the fact that I have finally moved back to Sheffield.
A new university year has started and bought a few new things along with it. One big change is my current home, I am gladly no longer in student accommodation and in a lovely three bedroom flat with a couple of guys. This also being a reason for lack of posts as we only got our internet installed on tuesday.

Another change would be the work, This week started my first real week back at uni and some new projects including sorting out a mock job application/CV and trying my hand at some 3D structure workshops. Although I'm a little apprehensive about certain aspects of the projects I'm looking forward to getting back into the flow of things and actually really looking forward to going to lectures. Saying this we had a guest lecturer on Monday, Paul Finn (his website Fitzroy & Finn) which is a design studio specialising in graphic design and typography and has worked with clients such as the BBC, ITV, Royal Opera House and many others. It was a really interesting and helpful lecture especially with the projects we are working on at the moment.
At the moment I haven't really got any of my own projects going on as I don't want it to get in the way of starting these new projects, though a few friends and myself are planning to book some screen printing time within the next couple of weeks to try out a few posters and prints so I've been working on a few designs when I've had some free time.
Asides from this I have just been settling back into the student life, seeing people I haven't seen all summer and enjoying my time back in Sheffield.
Here are a few instagram (yes I got sucked in) photos from the past 3 weeks of some cool things I've seen and been doing.

From left to right; 1. King Charles at The Leadmill, 2&3. A cute antique shop near my house, 4. A bench in the street, 5. Some graffiti near my house, 6. Graffiti around town, 7. Some pictures I've been messing around with.