App Graphic Problems

When talking to a customer there are various responses they could give in terms of what they would like it to look like. Sometimes, the app graphics can be easy replicate from a website or the style of the company’s logo, but other times it can be a bit more difficult. For example:

This customer requested their app to look like their website:

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This was relatively easy as the customer was specific in what they wanted. The website was simple to replicate and looked good on-screen.

 

 

Alternatively, when a customer requests their app to take a leaf from their ‘sister company’s’ aesthetics, it can get a little difficult:

App Screen Shot lion LionThe difference in colour and the fact they wanted it both ‘the same, but different’, made this very difficult, and though we have not received amendments yet, graphics that make you have to stab in the dark can be both helpful and a hindrance.

 

Finally, customers who have both a website and an app from us, can make us, as a tech team, have a bit of a race to the finish. They both need to follow the same line of aesthetics, but if an app has been built first, it cannot be published until the website has, due to the fact that the webpage will need to be embedded into the app, as part of it’s functionality. All websites are made mobile responsive, where as the original site for this one, was not. This would mean that even though it would update in time to the correct site, due to the same domain being used, it would not look good in the mean time.

churchThe web team, will endeavour to make the website similar in appearance to the app. This may not be as much of a challenge as the app graphics were based off of the original website anyway. This information was gained upon the content call made by myself at the beginning of the project.

Essay Poster Trial 2

After recent feedback, I opted to change my essay poster drastically to reflect on not only the theme of my essay but also to become more about the aesthetics than the actual essay. In our industry, we must focus on the final outcome more than anything. The idea of this project was to create either an info-graphic or a graphical/artistic representation of our main essays.

Please find my second version below.

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Chosen Paths

This week I was asked to give a few presentations to some students in regards to my time at their establishments and my paths to and from there. I am not the best at public speaking, but it was an honour that I was asked back in order to give these presentations.

After thinking it over, I decided not to sugar coat life in education. I was going to tell my story honestly.

See the presentation here and read on for my what I had to say

Back in 2009 it was the year where we had our options at high school. Before we were allowed to submit our forms, we had to take various quizzes and listen to various assemblies and pitches by teachers. I seriously did not know what I wanted to be when I grew up let alone knew what I wanted to take as options when I was barely 13. At the time, I was also in the more able and gifted and talented group and there were certain expectations.

In the end I decided to keep up with Mandarin Chinese as an extra curricular, due to excelling in languages, but as part of my options chose applied French, triple science and an art and design BTec. I decided to keep it broad as I didn’t want to suddenly wake up one day and have a revelation as to what I wanted to be and it not have anything to do with the courses I studied.

My options were also based on what I did outside of school. I was a part of the engineering club for example, so I knew I liked physics and mathematics. The other side though was that I loved cooking. To myself however there was no way in my brain, at the time where I could fathom how to mix everything I loved to make a final outcome.

In early 2010, I undertook a foreign exchange to Chateauneuf, Limousin, in France. I wanted to feel what it was like when you applied knowledge, especially in the subjects I wasn’t to in to. For myself though, this is where my life took a turn.

On the flight back I fell ill and over the following months had many bereavements. For this reason I missed out on a lot of school. On my return, because I was so far behind, having missed a good few months, and not being able to manage a full week at school, I was placed in social exclusion. Most teachers did not have the time to help me catch up, so I spent most of the remaining time at high school, around a year and a half, self directing my own learning.

This shook me, as it would any person. I lost a few friends a long the way as I couldn’t go out with them like everyone else and I could not go to class with them. I felt like I had missed so much. My self confidence and my social skills seemed to diminish every day I was in social exclusion and was off sick.

With the knowledge that most of what I had learnt had come from books and BBC Bitesize, I felt, for the first time in a long time, that I needed a safety net. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do at sixth form, or even if I would get into sixth form. Regardless, I applied to do economics, English language, graphic design and maths with statistics. My back up was a BTec in public services as I knew it would lead me straight into a job as it was practical and allowed for hands on experience.

Come results day, I almost had a heart attack. I decided to brave it and go without my parents to pick up my GCSE results. Somehow, miraculously, I had managed to receive 14 GCSE’s with 11 of them being either A*’s or A’s. The rest bar one were B’s and I got one C. My BTec I got a triple distinction*. I was over the moon. It brought with it so much self confidence back.

I decided to go to college to do my A levels, but it was difficult to re-immerse myself in a class room setting again. It took a lot of support and a few weeks, but I managed it. When you know you want something, you will do anything in your power to get it. For me, this included asking for help. For me, asking for help was the most humbling thing I ever did. I was always a person who would never ask for help and just attempt to do something.

Due to the amazing support I received, I got into University. From being ill for so long and going through some very rough times, I decided that art and design would no longer be a form of escapism. Life was too short. I needed to make it into something, something for myself. A degree in graphic design seemed like the perfect option as it mixed my academic side with my love of art. The University of Huddersfield offered a broad course and allows us to learn about everything from theory and business to how to use certain software and how to create things.

University, I feel has and still is helping me so much in both my education and potential career prospects to myself as a person. I have learnt so much about myself from living away from home. Not only have I learnt how to budget and so on, but I’ve also met some amazing people who I know will do great in life. I have immersed myself with a great friendship group and have had many opportunities both in and out of university.

I look to the future with great hope and prospect, and can only hope that the stress that I have been through as both a student and person have been worth it. I feel prepared to graduate either next year or the year after, according to whether I get a placement. I feel prepared for the world of employment. Most of all, I feel prepared to face life as it comes. I am stronger today than I was all those years ago, and I know that all I need to do is ask for help and attempt to knock on doors.

Creative Curriculum Vitae

The question as to whether creative CV’s work is one that will always be unanswered. For some companies, they will think that these unusual formats are very cheesy and unprofessional. For other companies it will intrigue the employer.

The idea of a creative CV is to entice the employer and to show them what your creative skills are like without the use of a portfolio. Other ideas include the display of various abilities, for example video editing, the ability to manufacture and collaborate.

Over the past few months I have been sending out simplistic yet creative Curriculum Vitae, but perhaps the one that has offered me the most promise is the self advertisement I put on Instagram:

Having gained only a few likes and comments, it has been referenced in around eighty e-mails from interested companies.

To companies I have approached, I have been using CV’s in a similar layout, with only changing the colour and distinct patterns. Of course the CV’s were re-written depending on the internship offered and the company. Here is the most recent that I sent out to a stationery company:

CV Effies

To answer the question “Do creative CV’s work?” is difficult. Personally, I can say that though they may not always work, they can open up opportunities, but then so does knocking on doors.

Interior Design

After the logo, interior design can often be what sets a company off from the others. When looking into the competition, places such as Warehouse, which is a sports bar, are specifically designed for purpose and audience, whilst maintaining an individual key look.

For this reason, I looked into how interior design can be planned and how it links to graphic design.

GIFs and Instagram

So I learnt how to make simple GIF’s in photoshop using the stacking scripts function, for the sake of my new job at ExHighStreet. I have been working on various Facebook posts and website graphics for them, the main one at the moment is for their instagram (See Below).

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In other news, I have now joined Instagram. I have been pestered for long enough about joining it, so I have now taken the leap. #HashtagsAreNew. So please follow me @scarletruthmargaret .

Work Placement: Day 2

The moment that you realise that working from half 8 in the morning til half 6 at night, is worth it, was when I saw my designs “in action”. Today, I worked solidly, and got so much done. It;s amazing how much you can do when you get your head in the game. Seeing my designs come to life on the company’s site, made me smile. It’s something that I can say “I did that” and actually be proud of it.

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One thing I learnt today was that sometimes designs will need to be changed at the last minute, for example: today just as I submitted an approved design, a product got recalled so one little thing on my piece needed to be changed. Due to not labelling layers properly and merging a few layers, t took longer than it should have to revisit it. With this in mind, it will shape me for future works. Although labelling layers on Photoshop may be time consuming, it will inevitable, or hypothetically, help in the future. Designs could also be recycled if need be.

Although I am working in a friendly environment for this week, we still get work done, to high qualities and standards. If this is what the design industry is like, then I can’t wait to get involved full time. I am so happy in this placement.

 

Self Directed Learning

I think it’s always good to learn tips and tricks outside of university as well as in lessons. Self directed learning can help you in your own projects as well as aid in your own work. Here is a piece I created with the help of an online tutorials.

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Interesting Self Tutorial

I found an article online, after looking up some tutorials I needed to catch up on. The article listed the things that magazines do to make models look “better”. With the use of some tutorials from the university and my own tutorials, and trial and error, I tried to edit a model in the ways the industry would. Please find below, the original image, a progression and the final piece. I would like to point out that I do not agree with the over use of Photoshop in magazines but I am merely learning about it.

Original

Progression

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