Resources

WHAT TO READ

Design Observer

Design Issues

Fast Company Design

A good list of books for graphic designers and illustrators:
http://www.creativebloq.com/graphic-design/books-graphic-designers-11135231

 

RESUMES

http://www.howdesign.com/editors-picks/10-eye-catching-graphic-designer-resumes/

FSU Career Services

resume_examples_former_students

sample resume_words (see the back for the great list of action words)

COVER LETTERS

https://www.thebalance.com/student-cover-letter-samples-2063664

https://www.thebalance.com/cover-letter-writing-guide-2060175

 

PORTFOLIOS/CASES/BOOKS

Staples Paper that works very well for your portfolio:
http://www.staples.com/Staples-Photo-Supreme-Paper-13-x-19-Matte-20-Pack/product_564123

http://www.caseenvy.com/

http://kloagency.wordpress.com/2010/11/

http://www.blurb.com/

https://www.lulu.com/

 

ORGANIZATIONS

American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)

AIGA Boston

Society of Illustrators

JOB SITES

Monster.com

AIGA

Framingham State Career Services
https://www.framingham.edu/the-fsu-difference/career-services/

ON CAMPUS RESOURCES

College Central Network

CASA (resume writing)

CREATING AN ONLINE PORTFOLIO / PRESENCE

Coroflot

Behance

Creative Hotlist

WordPress
http://www.wpzoom.com/design/wordpress-as-a-portfolio-examples-themes-15/

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/29/ultimate-guide-to-using-wordpress-for-a-portfolio/

Cargo

WIX

Squarespace

Weebly

Carbonmade

Dunked

WEBSITE HOSTING
It’s a very good idea to buy the url that is your name. Here’s a great host:

http://www.a2hosting.com/

 

HELPFUL TIPS & INFORMATION

Portfolio

+ it is important to have both an online portfolio and a physical portfolio. Your physical portfolio does not have to be large and cumbersome. Consider making a small book of your work.

+ before an interview, ask a potential employer up front, ‘what would you like to see in my portfolio?’

+ make sure your portfolio presentation is well-crafted, neat and professional.

+ try for 7 solid portfolio pieces (student work counts at this point!), but don’t add ‘filler’ pieces just to meet the quantity. If you only have 5 or 6 good pieces, then only show 5 or 6.

+ your physical portfolio case is another opportunity to show off your creativity, however, a simple black box or case can work as well

+ avoid long loading times for online portfolios

+ pdf emails of your work aren’t the best solution because the file size can be too large for company emails

+ your contact information should be easily seen on your online portfolio

+ create an online portfolio that is easy to revise and revamp often

+ create a ‘leave behind’ portfolio

Presenting Yourself

+ practice practice practice before interviews

+ interview as much as you can

+ some common mistakes include not being able to articulate your own potential value and the story behind your portfolio pieces, not being organized, and showing too many or too few portfolio pieces.

+ know your portfolio pieces…be able to name the typefaces used, color schemes, the objectives of the project

+ have a ‘top 5’ pitch just in case your interview is cut short. prepare a 30 second talk on each of your top 5 pieces

+ send a thank you note after the interview

Networking

+ if you find a company that you like and they’re not hiring, try to set up an ‘informational interview’, a meeting where you can show your portfolio and ask questions, get some feedback on the job market in general. this is an excellent way to network, to learn more about the job market, and to get in front of someone who may remember you later when a position opens up.

+ join a local group such as the AIGA

CONTINUING EDUCATION AND GRADUATE PROGRAMS

MassArt Graphic Design Certificate Program

MassArt, Dynamic Media Institute

MassArt, Continuing Ed

School of Visual Arts

Tyler School of Art

North Carolina State University

RISD Continuing Ed

RISD Graphic Design

Pratt Graduate Programs

California College of the Arts

Maryland Institute College of Art

Art Center

Alternative Programs for Learning Coding/Design/UX/Software

Code Academy

Udemy

General Assembly

American Graphics Institute

Lynda.com

SCHOOLS ABROAD

Basel School of Design

Denmark’s Design School

Royal College of Art

Denmark’s School of Media and Journalism

 

 

SELF PUBLISHING / BUSINESS CARDS / PRINTED MATERIALS 

Blurb.com

LuLu.com

Moo.com

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