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Design: Coding, Grid Design, Color Schemes
Logo Design, Typeface Design,
Pen and ink, Sharpie, Chalk Pastels, Oil Pastels, Colored Pencil
Digital Collage, Image Trace Design
Physically Drawn Images with Digital Editing and Coloring
These skills align with my current ambitions and I plan to cultivate these skills until my dreams come to fruition. I would like to be a graphic designer and a comic book artist.
I do not have any work experience...yet!
I do have 3 and a half years of class experience.
Graphic Novels, Website Design, Identity Creation
Branding, Identity Reinforcement, Improved Access to Information and Portfolio, Direct Sales, Creating a Webcomic
December 18th, 2018
5+ pages, 12+ samples of artwork with descriptions
Kit of Parts, Jewelry, Sculpture, Watercolor and Pencil Portrait of Caera, Zine, Typeface, Typography
Design, Coding, Text, Completed Image Search
I will have made an identity kit in my typography class by the time this project is done, so I can definitely incorporate the logos/type/other components from that. I also have a special signature that I am working on and once I flesh that out I can incorporate that as well.
Yes, it feels unresolved.
I appreciate all colors, but a color scheme of mostly light with a few dark colors will work best to create a smooth, erudite-looking website. The background of my site will be white or an off-white variation of a color. Text will be a darker color as well as parts of my site that I want to highlight.
I prefer site designs that are simpler. Complex can also work but I get overwhelmed easily so it has to be organized and straightforward.
Conversly, in Art History I prefered complex works from the baroque, rococo, and renaissance period. I find the richness of these works very captivating.
It might seem counterintuitive for me to prefer simplicity for websites but complexity in artwork, but I feel that because websites are mostly for extracting information and there is no such expectation for interacting with art, simplicity and complexity make sense for both these interests respectively.
I will promote mostly on my social media and buisiness cards. I will include a hyperlink to my site in my bio for facebook, instagram, and Etsy. I will also post to facebook, instagram, and snapchat when I upload something new to my site or when I'm having some sort of promotion.
I would like to post my entire portfolio to my website, run a successful store, and house a periodical webcomic or two. The periodical webcomic will encourage consistent traffic to my site and hopefully attract potential customers, clients, and employers to my portfolio and store.
I will create a store and a serial webcomic to encourage people to return to my site.
I will update my site biweekly, hopefully weekly once I nail down a process for my webcomic. I will also update my site when I have new pieces for my portfolio or Etsy store. Whenever I update my website, I will promote it on my social media to attract new and returning patrons.
For my purposes, the prices range from $1.99-$75 per year depending on the provider. I will also have to take into account the expenses for listing items on my etsy site.
I hope to attract clients interested in hiring me to design an identity, website, broadside, or like media. I hope to attract employers interested in highering me to create concept art, design identity media, and similar jobs. I also hope to attract potential customers who will enjoy my stories and merchandise.
Three of my competitors whose sites I like are:
House Industries creates typefaces and merchandise using traditional methods. They also work extensively on comission and through collaboration with other corporations such as Jimmey Kimmel Live, the New Yorker, Target, the Cher Show, and Shake Shack.
Good: Very clean and crisp. Orange, white, and black makes for a very warm color scheme. Animations are quick and seamless but not dizzyingly fast. They use good Sans Serif Fonts, attention grabbing and words are minimal so it is not necessary to use a Serif font.
Bad: I cannot bring myself to critique anything about their website's appearance.
Good: The hamburger list is hidden until you need it, all of the images grey when you hover over them to show that they contain hyperlinks, and everything is organized and easy to find.
Bad: The icons in the top right corner don't work on all pages of the website, plus their symbolism is not as clear as it could be. It is also not immedietly clear what the images on the homepage stand for.
The site is written in a high enough register to sound intelligent and creative but not so high that it's innaccessable to a lay person.
Their contact information is listed as an option under their hamburger icon. It is not on primary display, but it does not take much digging to locate and is intuitive for a regular internet user.
They hyperlink different sections of their portfolio on their front page. The sections of their portfolio are the easiest things to find on their website.
It is fairly simple to navigate their portfolio -- just click on the image that represents a category of their work (Design and Fonts, Scripts, and Fonts). They also feature certain typefaces with larger typefamilies on the front page of their site.
They have a very comprehensive portfolio. It is plenty.
According to their website, Kai Creative offers graphic design, marketing, and social media services and solutions to small businesses and independent outdoor retailers.
Good: Consistent color scheme, black, white, grey, green, and a splash of red orange. San serif fonts, image heavy but also lots of text. Text isn’t very long. Over all, a very clean layout.
Bad: Very long, there is a lot of scrolling. This is neither good nor bad objectively, it's mostly a design choice, but it is not one that really works for me. There is also a lot of unnecessary informaiton.
Good: Everything on their website is on one page, so it is not difficult to navigate. The site is very long but their organization of information is very straightforward and makes up for its size.
Bad: I cannot find anything to criticize. Their site is very interactive and functional.
Very easy, there is a hyperlink at top.
Everything is on one page, but there are hyperlinks that jump you to different sections of the page so if you are looking for something specific you do not have to do any scrolling.
Too little, but the pieces they have are strong and representative if their abilities.
My website wouldn’t be so outdoors based, so I would choose a different color scheme. Also, the site is a little too busy for my purposes. I prefer more concise sites.
Creative Director at @supereight, Illustrator, Art director, Brand and UI Designer
Good: Not too busy, minimalistic, Hamm’s work is primary focus of website to attract new contractors/customers. Clicking on an image makes a temporary pop up where the image is bigger, details about its commission and process are included, and you can close it to go back to the main website. Has a back to the top button that follows you. Very clean layout. Long scrolling, but there’s no important information at the bottom so it doesn’t matter. Good hover animations. Sans serif fonts. Image heaviness keeps reader engaged.
Bad: The top is a little plain. Not very interesting.
Good: Good hover animations. Good use of hyperlinks and pop-ups.
Bad: Website requires a lot of scrolling, loading makes scrolling lag.
Very simple, straight-forward. Site is image driven and words supplement images well.
Yes. Everything is at the top of the page.
Scroll to view images of works, click on image for more information.
Very straightforward, everything contained on one page. Couldn’t be easier.
Very extensive portfolio, he has at least fifty.
Yes, but be prepared to scroll for a bit.
Simplicity is good for many purposes, but this might be a little too simple for my purposes. I might immitate him for my portfolio page, but if I were to use this as my main page, I'm not sure where I would put my webcomic. I also might add more to the header to make it more interesting.
For my personal site, I feel as though it is important to include my identity (name, occupation, and the like), my skills (so potential employers get an easy sense of my abilities), an intriguing portfolio to keep people from clicking a way, a 'work in progress' and a shop to give yourself an easy way to promote your work and to give people reasons to return to your site periodically.
I appreciated the crisp and uniqueness of the House Industries website. I think that featuring a slideshow of their portfolio at the top of their page is an effective hook to visitors on the site. I like the modern font and the minimalism of the arrangement which keeps the site from feeling too overwhelming.
I think each site's color palette worked well for their intended purpose, however personally I am most partial to Kai Creative's palette. Their pastel colors and sparing use of darks made the page warm and inviting. I want visitors to my page to feel welcome and at home as well.
The layout of House Industry's page was very nontraditional and I appreciated their uniqueness. I will attempt to emulate this uniqueness in my own site. It was not centrally balanced like most website and was very asymmetrical. Their fonts were crisp and clean and their images were bright and attention-grabbing
Matt Hamm's site did an interesting thing with his portfolio. He forwent traditional site design and just made his entire site his portfolio with social media links. I appreciate the risk he took but I do not think that his design will work as well for my purposes.
Kai Creative also had an interesting matrix for their portfolio. They displayed their entire portfolio but also featured hyperlinks that would rearrange and exclude pieces based on categories. I think this was very interesting but it would have worked much better if they had included more pieces in their portfolio.
I would like to emmulate House Industry's website structure the heaviest. I will take inspiration from Kai Creative's color scheme as well. For Matt Hamm I will most likely take some inspiration from his social media links but not much else.