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Professor: Andrea Herstowski
Office: 353 Chalmers Hall
Office hours: by appointment
email: herstow@ku.edu

Professor: Alex Anderson
Office: 353 Chalmers Hall
Office hours: by appointment
email: alexandersoncreative@gmail.com

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Alumni
megansnelten.com
devonmcgowan.com
clairezimmerman.com
iamlucasnelson.com
hiimsarah.com
alexandersoncreative.com
Claire Pedersen.com
Caroline Degnan
Kelley McQuillen
Kristen McGriff

 

 


 

 

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In today's market you must have a current online presence. It is the first thing professionals see. The work and writing determine if the want to invite you in for an interview. It is the first (and lasting) impression. Your professional website can't be the first one you have coded. If you don't have the skillset then use a template that allows you to customize it easily to something that is clean, clear, easy to navigate and works cross-platform. Behance is an acceptable option.

There is not a magic number of projects to have on your website. The only guideline is it has to be your strongest work. 6 strong projects is more effective than 12 projects where some are great and some are ok. Use the portfolio reviews and mentors during the year to get feedback. Use the year to add great projects/experiences/workshops/blitzes/case studies to add to your portfolio.

Check out the template sites and create a list of pros and cons
semplicelabs.com/
portfolio.adobe.com/examples
cargocollective.com/Templates
squarespace.com/templates
wordpress-themes

Read: graphic-design-portfolios-new-online-resume-design
Read: build-design-portfolio-early-career

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DUE Monday OCTOBER 1
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* Meet in the Forum for Claire then we will move to classrooms/labs

Claire Petersen will be in via Skype.
Please look her up and have questions!!!! http://clairepedersen.com/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/claire-pedersen-5319085b/

And then ask the questions or you can email them to her before…
Claire Pedersen <claire.e.pedersen@gmail.com>

She is the master of making connections she has written out what she did when she was a senior read:
http://ku-viscom.com/portfolio/portfolio_ClaireTips.html

As far as your online presence…
You should have the portfolio site you want to use.

Identify all 6-9 projects you are going to put online.

Write a project description for at least 3 projects by Monday so we can talk about them and refine them in class.

Have at least one project posted online
PLEASE EXPLORE at least 3 different ways to present it online. If you can’t save them then just take screen shots so we can talk about which design is better. Again taking your bechance post and just putting it up on a different site is not enough.

Think about how you want to show off the project
How do you want to talk about it: Project description
Challenge/Solution
Will you talk about audience?
Will you talk about brand attributes for each project?
Include BrandBoard/Toolkit/ and or Moodboard?
What combination of mock-ups and photography
You can use “place holders" for your photography — this will become your shot list
How to you show details?
How will you show process? Will you or is that for an in person interview.

How you show your project and talk about your project is what will make it stand out from the crowd.

*think about how you will show projects online vrs talking about them in person.

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DUE OCT 17

Full interactive working website with 6 projects live.

And... When your name crosses the desktop of your dream employer, the first thing they’re going to do is look you up online. If you haven’t already, search for yourself. What shows up? If the answer is nothing, and another candidate is habitually sharing thoughtful and relevant links and images, they’re suddenly a more attractive option, and all before the employer has even read your painstakingly created resume.
__ get an email address that is professional
__ clean up your on-line presence (FB, Twitter, Instagram)
__ LinkedIn presence
__ brand your online profiles (twitter...)