I decided to go with Moo to print my business cards because they had been recommended and just looking at there website seemed to be the highest quality. Here is my business card design.
I’ve made a slight change to my logo by changing the colours, I used colourlovers.com to find a colour palette and changed the logo to match those colours. With having a set colour palette I will be able to match up all my branding with colours that work well together making it look more professional.
I kept the colours green to match the colours that carbonmade uses as default so everything matches. I also experimented with another similar design to add more of the colour palette colours but wasn’t sure I liked the box.
I’ll most likely keep coming up with designs for the foreseeable future.
I thought whilst trying to create an professional identity it would be a good idea to create a logo to go on my portfolio site, business cards, work (watermark) etc. Through my research into portfolios I’ve seen plenty of logo’s, majority seem to be just text based using different fonts, position, size and colours to create the logo, always using their name followed by what they do. I also looked at some websites with logo’s from professionals on for inspiration:
Whilst researching I noticed that a lot of the portfolio sites I had open had logos on the tab:
This is a use for a logo I didn’t consider and at the moment don’t really need to since I’ll be using a hosting site but could be something to consider in the future.
Following on from this I jotted down a few words that I’d associate with myself that could potentially be incorporated into a logo design or at least give me some ideas.
- Artist, Art
- Designer, Design
- Prop Artist
- 3D Modelling
Going with the idea that my logo should incorporate my name and what I do, I then started sketching out my name in different ways to see what ideas I could come up with.
Most of the designs are relatively simple, just using my name in different ways.
The next step was to go into Photoshop and start creating some of these designs using different fonts and colour schemes.
I took quite a while looking through different fonts on dafont.com trying to find one that I liked and was free for use, I wanted it to be simple and easy to read. These are currently my four favourite designs:
After some consideration I decided to go with the second design for now, but will change in the future when I think of better designs.
I decided to change the colour of the text to better match the colour schemes available on carbonmade.
I’ve got a favicon now.
After researching into portfolios by professionals in the industry and into some information about what to do and not to do with an online portfolio, I started searching for a hosting website. I had considered having a website made for me but with the time and pricing I thought it would be best just to go for a hosting website for now.
As discussed and seen in a previous post it is deemed as more professional to have your own domain name so I had to look for hosting websites that allowed this. I looked at quite a few sites like squarespace and Behance looking at layouts and pricing but ended up going with carbonmade. I went with carbonmade because it seemed quite easy to use and I liked the simplistic layouts. And at $12 or about £8 sterling to have your own domain, a logo, lots of pages for projects and high quality video it isn’t too bad.
My portfolio: http://ryanglover3d.co.uk/
I bought the url for about £5 for the year. My portfolio obviously isn’t finished yet and still needs a lot of work but it’s a start.
With it been time to put portfolio’s together I was looking through my work to see what I could use. I quickly realised that I pretty much wouldn’t be happy to put any of my current work into my portfolio. So I started working on a piece which is a slightly altered version of my hardware store for Jonah.
I’m happy with the way it’s turned out although I may tweak it slightly in the future but for now I think it makes a nice portfolio piece.
Because it’s the final semester, of the final year, it’s time to create an online portfolio of work that can be shown to potential employers. Before doing this I’ve been looking at some portfolios of people who work or have worked in the industry and actually look at the layout of their websites as well as the content. I started by looking at one of my favourite artists Tor Frick, he’s portfolio (http://www.torfrick.com/) boasts some amazing work and I’ve looked at it many times before. The design is very clean, straight forward and filled with images which makes it very easy to see what work he does.
Another artist that I like the work of is Calen Brait who previously worked on Bioshock Infinite. He’s portfolio (http://cbrait.com/) Is also very clean with everything you need to see on the main paig, letting the portfolio of work do the talking rather then a fancy or over complex website. These are also some other portfolio’s I looked at that I liked:
All have very similar designs, the backgrounds are plain with the images of work taking center stage. Name is placed at the top of the screen with what they do underneath (environment artist, level designer etc). Then underneath that are a few links to contact details, resume (CV), blog, about me, older work or some variation of that list but contact details and resume (CV) are ever present. The home page always contains all portfolio work and images are often linked to more images of the project or piece of work, sometimes containing texture breakdowns, wireframe renders etc.
On Polycount there are always people posting their portfolio’s to get feedback. Some things I’ve taken from there are:
- Work in progress shouldn’t be included only best finished pieces.
- Variety of presentation can be good.
- Websites with the website builder company name in don’t look as professional compared to a unique domain name.
I think the main thing to keep in mind for a portfolio website is that it needs to be clean, have minimal website design to let work stand out and be easy for anyone visiting your site to see your best work straight away and not have to waste time searching.
So, for professional practice I’ve decided to set up a new more professional email address, I personally don’t think my current email is too bad but it includes a number and is hotmail which is apparently frowned upon. I found this site (http://menwithpens.ca/email-address-losing-clients/) which talks about the importance of having a professional email to be taken seriously and some tips on what sort of email to have. According to the website article the best option for an email address is to have your website URL, this could be my portfolio website URL, the only problem with this would be if I decided to change my portfolio website I would have to change my email. The second best option is to have an email address from a well known business email provider with your full name as it looks professional, Gmail is apparently the best to use with AOL, Hotmail and Yahoo not recommended. As I’m not sure whether to use a portfolio website URL or a Gmail address as my main email I will leave it for now and come back to it.
New email is set up now: firstname.lastname@example.org