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Programme - Portfolio Inspiration

Programme - Portfolio Inspiration

Around this time of year with the celebrations, festivities and many many eats! We will also at the time of the year where we’ll get to enjoy some time off. As a designer, time off also means that we might have to rethink our portfolio, brand and any of our side-projects. Having some rest and being proactive always gives a great balance especially when things are cooling down. Let’s take a look at the work from Ira Banana who is a designer specializing her work in UI/UX and graphic design based in Barcelona, Spain. The work around the grid is fairly clean and simple and what I do appreciate the most is the colours used into the branding. I totally dig that colourful gradient mix!   More Information: http://irabanana.com.

Logo Design: The Work of Viktor 'Roktiv'

Logo Design: The Work of Viktor 'Roktiv'

We keep going through our weekly journey checking out great logos! We're thinking ahead and we want to find new topics, good ones, to share with you guys. Last week we featured personal names as logos, and today we're gonna see the work of designer Viktor "Roktiv"! Viktor has got some pretty awesome logos in his portfolio! Every week we search through our favorite galleries: Logopond and Dribbble. Both are a great communities for designers everywhere. Also, if you you'd like to suggest ideas for the next subjects, please, tell me by sending me sending me a tweet: @paulogabriel. Cheers! ;)

Jeff Huang's New Work

One of our missions at Abduzeedo is to help designers and digital artists to promote their work. That's the reason we are always featuring updated portfolios like the one that we will featured today from Jeff Huang. Jeff Huang is a multidisciplinary freelance Art Director and Illustrator based in New York who specializes in Creative Design, Abstract Art, Photo Editing, and 3D. He has been creating digital art professionally for more than 7 years now and has produced work for many companies and publications worldwide. He is a proud senior member of international art collective and second home, Depthcore. Known for his imagination, uncanny eye for detail, patience, and precision in skill & technique, he has a natural ability to develop a good relationship with his clients and other creatives. Jeff always lends his expertise, and loves to get involved in the creative process in order to improve and optimize a project. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys spending time with his loved ones, shopping, and playing video games. For more information visit http://www.thefifthorder.net/

Amazing Graphic Portfolio of Medusateam

Medusateam is a graphic studio from Spain focused on digital imagery with a lot of skills and creativity. The works created by them are absolutely amazing, from each piece of their portfolio the the showreel created by them it's all very impressing and very inspirational. To find out more about Medusateam visit medusateam.com http://imgs.abduzeedo.com/files/articles/illustrative/

10 Awesome Show Reel Videos

One great way to get inspired is watching cool videos, and nothing better than videos made of portfolios of very creative people, it's like getting two in one. Here you be able to spend a few minutes watching some awesome show reel videos full of art, design and motion graphics. What's a Show Reel? "A demo reel, or show reel, is the motion picture or video equivalent of an artist's portfolio. It is typically used as a tool to promote the artist's skill, talent, and experience in a selected field, such as acting, directing, cinematography, editing, special effects, animation, or video games and other graphics. The demo reel is frequently submitted with a résumé to a prospective employer. When a reel contains scenes from actual productions, a shot list or credit list may also be submitted to describe the artist's specific involvement in each portion of the reel. While the usage of video excerpts on such showreels can be regarded as a breach of copyright, it is generally accepted in the film industry to do so, as it is the only tool of an artist to actually self-promote her/his work." by Wikipedia

Creating a Graphic Portfolio Without a Client

The main problem designers face while beginning their careers is to find a client without having a portfolio to show. It’s hard to find a client to trust you to design him something without having any quality previous work to show him that you can make it. Here you will see and learn many ways that you can find to create a good quality portfolio without having that first client. Creating a portfolio without a client doesn’t mean that you don’t have to do any work. This is not going to be easy and quick; this will take a lot of work and time but it all pays off at the end. Be Organized Organization is the key for saving time and being more productive. If you willing to put time and effort to work on creating a portfolio that can set your freelancing career you will have to organize your self and make a schedule in order to be able to produce more. Organize your work space and set working hours, that’s the only way you going to get yourself to produce something. For more time and organization tips read: How To Find Time For… Everything! Work for Yourself Work on personal projects that can further help promote your work. Designing something for yourself will be your first task, the good thing about working for yourself is that you have total freedom on the design but remember that is very important to set deadlines based on the time you have to work the same way you would if the work was for a client. Design Wallpapers Start working on a set of wallpapers, 3 to 5 wallpapers based on a theme, also make sure to transform them into iphone wallpapers as well. When you done creating your portfolio this will help promote your work. Wallpapers by Pablo Alfieri Design Posters Designing Posters and printing them can give you an extra edge to your portfolio and give a future client the feeling that you have good knowlegde of what you doing both in designing and printing. The same way you worked on a set of wallpapers work on a set of posters based on a theme, that can help you create a series of posters related to each other which can be a rich set on your portfolio. In the future you can giveaway a couple prints of your posters to help promote your work. Typography Posters by Stefano Joker Lionetti Design a Calendar Designing a nice and creative calendar can show a lot of your creativity and print solutions, this is a chance to make something inovative to show your future clients what you capable of creating. In the future you can giveaway a couple calendars and also promote your work. Design a Picture Book Select a few of your own photos and make a nice picture book, mix it with some good typography and have a one of a kind piece in your portfolio. This can also bring the interest of your friends and family to getting one too, it all ads up on your portfolio. Composition and Content by Andre' Wright Jr Design for Contests Designing for good contest can put a nice piece on your portfolio and also carry a name to it. Such designs contests like HugoCreate give you the opportunity to work on your own for a big brand. You don't have to win the contest, just by making a good piece to later display on your portfolio is already a win. Hugo Create work by goshaptichka Collab Work Do a collab work with other designers that are in the same situation as yours. It's a great way to expand your work and learn more about working in group. Look for people that are hungry for work just as much as you are and invite them for a private project, trade ideas and built a design concept, at the end it's all going to your portfolio. Collab work from Matt W. Moore and Magomed Dovjenko Brand Yourself Now that you already got some decent and creative pieces on your portfolio it's time to move on and get your self a nice logo and a website, that's another way to improve your portfolio within your own work. Every client that goes in your website will analyze it as well as your portfolio because it's also part of it. Here is a great article on The Art of Branding Yourself and Your Freelancing Business Design a Logo Your first identity client can be you, design a nice logo for yourself to show as reference on your portfolio. Make sure to read Vital Tips For Effective Logo Design Logo for his own studio by Hoang Rabbit Design a Website Designing your own website can be a challenge but at the end it you can say you did, get help from web designers if you need. There is a lot of services that convert PSD to HTML in case coding is a problem. Remember to stay away from templates in order to remain original. Design a Business Card Now that you got a nice portfolio with a website to display them, it's always good to have a nice business car that you can give away everywhere you go, remember that the business card will represent you and your work when you not there. Here are some great samples and good finish options to print it: 5 Finishing Options to Print a Business Card Each worker got their own business card at ID Branding Conclusion If you follow through you will get the experience of designing different projects for different medias and learn a lot on your own with your own mistakes. Building a portfolio on your own without clients is very difficult, very difficult to stay focus on something that doesn't pay off right the way. Make sure to set deadlines to every project and work on it as if it was worth a million dollars, it all pays off in the end. Now all you need is a client, with a nice portfolio it will be like a lot easier than before. "Everybody makes mistakes at first; and if a painter never learns what his mistakes are he will never correct them. Therefore test your work; and if you have made mistakes correct them; and don't make the same mistakes again." Leonardo Da Vinci Good Luck!

Giveaway: Warm Forest Flash Sites for Designers

Warm Forest has some great handcrafted, super-customizable flash templates made for designers, agencies and photographers. Here you will see how each of their template works and how easy it is to have a nice flash portfolio. Enter to get a free copy! Warm Forest - Ready Made Flash Sites Handcrafted, super-customizable Flash templates made for designers, agencies and photographers Warm Forest sites are designed with a strong focus on typography, grids and usability and use the latest Flash technology including back button support and deeplinking. You can easily customize all aspects of your site - from adding your own logo to changing all the colors - without knowing any ActionScript or even owning Flash. The ActionScript source code is included so designers with an interest in Flash can learn how a professional, best practices following Flash site is put together. We will be giving away 2 copies of each templateMake a comment with the name of the template you want to win in order to participate. Aspen Demo 1 - Demo 2 The Aspen site was designed to be used as a website for a design agency or a personal portfolio site. It contains everything you need to have a complete site up quickly with no Flash or programming knowledge required. Easily customize every aspect of the site to match your brand - you can add your own logo and change all the colors, text, button names, etc. Everything is customized through an external XML file so you don't even need to own Flash. View demos one and two above to see its features. Both demos are using the exact same template, just with different settings applied to demonstrate the extent of the customization options. Sycamore Demo 1 - Demo 2 The Sycamore site was designed to be used as a one-page Flash portfolio website for a designer or agency. It contains everything you need to have a complete portfolio site up quickly with no Flash or programming knowledge required. Easily customize every aspect of the site to match your brand - you can add your own logo and change all the colors, text, button names, etc. Everything is customized through an external XML file so you don't even need to own Flash. View demos one and two above to see its features. Both demos are using the exact same template, just with different settings applied to demonstrate the extent of the customization options. Cedar Demo 1 - Demo 2 The Cedar site was designed to be used as a website for a design agency or a personal portfolio site. It contains everything you need to have a complete portfolio site up quickly with no Flash or programming knowledge required. Easily customize every aspect of the site to match your brand - you can add your own logo and change all the colors, text, button names, etc. Everything is customized through an external XML file so you don't even need to own Flash. View demos one and two above to see its features. Both demos are using the exact same template, just with different settings applied to demonstrate the extent of the customization options. Good luck to everyone who would like to participate, the results will be announced next Monday.

10 Impressive Portfolio/Blog Websites

Everyone tries to be different when creating their own website where their portfolio will be displayed, and lately it seem that more and more people have been choosing to have a little blog together with their portfolio. The trend of blogging got to designers and artists and here are some great samples of it. Having a blog on your portfolio website can help in many ways, you can use it just as a 'news' so every time you want to let your visitors know about something you have that little blog there to tell them, you can use it as just a simple blog to share your thoughts with your visitor, or even go further and boost up the blog content to attract people that will fortunately end up looking at your portfolio. No matter what reason fits you, it's always a good option to have it. Here are some good samples with really good use of it. Enjoy! Douglas Menezes http://douglasmenezes.com James A. Mathias http://leihu.com Rockatee http://rockatee.com Ond?ej Ve?tát http://www.ondrejvertat.cz J. Pedro Ribeiro http://jpedroribeiro.com Snoop http://snopp.no Husani http://www.husani.com Tylor J. Reimer http://www.tylorjreimer.com Noe http://www.noedesign.com Gil de los Santos http://yosoygil.com/

Amazing Work of Romeu & Julieta Art Studio

Illustrator and freelance animator for more than 4 years, Jean Campos has accumulated experience and strength in his work, making him more conceptual and open to new techniques. Today he is ahead of "Romeu & Julieta Art Studio", which he is one of the partners and responsible for the whole creation and direction of the illustrations and animations that the company develops. "Romeu & Julieta is a milestone in my career, the realization of a dream, to have a studio with structure and support of care and planning of everything that is done is fantastic. My partner Patricia Palma, professional advertiser, is the only professional able to take this compromise with me, she knows of what we are capable to do... together we are invincible (LOL). " Jean says. Today Jean Campos lives in Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, his studio is a pioneer in the state and one of the few of the center-west region of Brazil, has partnerships with agencies such as F / Nazca, Age, and NBS BINDER / CF + M, working to clients like Nike SB, Oi, Oscar Freire, Cultura Inglesa, Petrobrás, Nation Wide Marítima, Previ, Shopping Nova América, Pakalolo, Freeday, Lilica Ripilica and Citycol. Among the work already mentioned, he teaches courses, workshops and lectures on Adobe Illustrator, and the creative processes of illustration, to professionals in the field of advertising and fashion. "The software is just a tool, the difference lies in that the operator intends to do with what he has in his hands." Work hard, and possibilities for experimentation is the way the work of this artist flows, as same as his company Romeu & Julieta Art Studio. More information and some of their work can be seen in their portfolio online: http://romeuejulieta.carbonmade.com Did you like this post? How about the Abduzeedo's new Limited Edition Tee "Goddess of Abduction"

Amazing Digital Work of Kyle Lambert

Kyle is an illustration an animation student from the United Kingdom who creates amazing digital paintings. He works in a variety of styles which include highly detailed photo-realistic portraits, rough concepts and storyboards, digital animation and motion graphics. His work is primarily digital but has a background in fine painting with oils and watercolors. Kyle recently won a nationwide storyboard competition for the movie watchmen. His entry was chosen by Watchmen comic book artist Dave Gibbons. He has the ambition to work on the production of movies once he graduates from University. For more of his work, check out www.kylelambert.co.uk

How to Promote Your Work

Many new designers might think that having their own site is a real important thing, that it will make their work known, and it get them jobs and money. Well, having your own site is important, but it doesn't mean that you don't need other tools to place your work out there. It is a geniune mistake to think that your site will work solo. The internet is a big place, and if you're a new designer, your site might be very much as an isolated island in the pacific, like this one. What you'll need to make your little island known is to build brigdes from main land to your island. Main lands are the big and famous portfolio / image sites, that allow you to make your account and place your work there. That's free promotion to you. Also, you'll get real feedback, unlike you'd get in your own site. Flickr, DeviantArt and Behance are only a few examples where you'll get this kind of visibility. For example, there are some really famous artists that not only have their personal sites, but also have their portfolios in these other sites, such as Guilherme Marconi, James White and our very own Fabio Sasso, all these at Flickr. Guilherme Marconi Guilherme Marconi James White James White Fabio Sasso Fabio Sasso At DeviantArt you'll find another great roll of artists, such as Cris Vector, Artgerm and Loish (my personal favorite). There's also the DeviantArt shop, where you can sell prints of your work. Cris Vector Cris Vector Artgerm Artgerm Loish Loish At Behance, another great portfolio site, you'll find more of these awesome artists. Glenn Jones, the Lichtfaktor crew and Peter Jaworowski are some of them. Glenn Jones Glenn Jones Lichtfaktor Lichtfaktor Peter Jaworowski Peter Jaworowski Of these, only one or two don't have a personal site, but that only proves that if you don't want to have your work sitting alone on an island, you'll find everything you need in main land. You don't have to get worried about domain and host payments, you don't have to worry about making the site layout. But of course, if you're a web designer, having your little island is still really important. Anyways, I just trying to make my point when I say: new designers, you must join one or more of these sites, unless you're a goddamn Da vinci and you make your island some kind of Atlantis... These sites offer you almost infinite feedback if you make the right connections, and that will make you a better designer. And that's pretty much it. These sites are an awesome source of promotion to you! Use it wisely! I hope you guys liked this post! Cheers. ;)

Design:Related, another good place to show your portfolio

Ok, I know that there are a lot of excellent design communities out there, but I really like this one, design:related. It has a nice design, simple to use, active members and of course great jobs. I added some works there from our company Zee, and the feedback that I've been receiving is great. Maybe almost all of you guys already knew that, but for those who don't know, check it out! design:related(tm) is a community site and inspiration tool that brings together creative people from different disciplines (and parts) of the design world. Design:related serves to motivate designers to share ideas, inspire, and be inspired. You should show your masterpieces in many places you can, and this is another great application to do that. Bellow we are giving to you some of the features of design:related. Home Page Our personal page on design:related Here you can see the easy way the works are showed Also, you can link some posts from other blogs with your network Some Jobs One of the nicest things about this community is that you can search for inspirations about graphic, web, illustration and also architecture. Take a look now in some jobs you can find on design:related. Go there, make your portfolio and share with us!

Inspiration: Oit8Doi2

Oit8Doi2 is the portfolio of Bruno Borges, an awesome brazilian designer, who's been doing some great work for important magazines, sweet party flyers and paper toys, among other cool stuff. Hopefuly we all can learn a little bit from his work. He's style is neat, some vintage stuff, cool t-shirt designs, some nice experiments. He sure knows his thing. :) Author: Paulo Antunes | If you want to write an article and have it published here send it via email to abduzeedo[at]abduzeedo.com

Hitchcock's Portfolio by Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair brings us this month Hitchcock's portfolio, and boy, it does look awesome. I think it's pretty cool how some people get so much recognition that their work keep getting featured decades later their death. That's a cool way to remember the master of suspense. Author: Paulo Antunes | If you want to write an article and have it published here send it via email to abduzeedo[at]abduzeedo.com