#graphic design

Working on a #prototype for my #portfolio book

Working on a #prototype for my #portfolio book

"Retro Players" - Rocky Roark

Music - Born-Forty “Retro”

My next two reads

My next two reads

Connections: Getting Them, Cultivating Them, Keeping Them & Using Them

Ever email a designer, a studio, or even an artist you look up to? I have spent countless hours emailing designers, creative directors, illustrators, artists, etc. just to gain some insight on what I need to focus more on when it comes to my work. Ultimately you will hear from only about 25-50%. Even if they say something like good like “Great style” or “Amazing use of color” or even something bad like “Looks like college work” or “Things need to thought out more” All of that is the best advice you can get. Some people will just send out small two line emails. Others will send you huge Essays detailing your strengths and weakness through their eyes and even sometimes their boss’s. 

But what am I getting at here? Why did I even ask if you have contacted people like this? There is just a on

e word answer “connections”. Every single one of those people who respond back to you are now potential connections for you in the future. After 6 months to a year goes by send them another email (after of course the usual reply “Thank you so much for your advice!”). Show them your growth explain to them that their criticism really helped you grow to where you are at now. If you continue to develop your connection then when you get close to graduation they may help you find a job or even freelancing possabilities.

In this day and age, you need connections! And Do not make the same mistake I made the first couple of times that I sent out emails to my favorite studios and designers with a completely static pre-made message asking for help. You have to engage them and talk to them, tell them why you are asking them for advice, flatter them, put them on a platinum pedistal holding a basket of diamonds. Use the most powerful tool in your arsenal as a designer…words. It ALL comes down to when the designer reads his/her email and reads yours. Is he going to just “junk it” or is he going to click on your link or attachment. Is he going to give you the time that could be spent looking up new youtube celebs. You have to use your words!

Poster Series I did for one of my classes, turned out really nice.

slashpixel:

Injecting Men Into Pinterest
This branding challenge is no easy task. Pinterest is already flush with over 20 million users who are mostly female. How can I possibly get men to not only care about Pinterest but to also use it? I think one potential answer lies in advertising.
Currently, Pinterest has no active advertising campaigns. The site has thrived via word of mouth and sharing of pins on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. Pinterest must be marketed to the masses in order to become part of the active social landscape. The strength of Pinterest truly relies on numbers. If the same users are pinning the same pins over and over, other users will get tired of the site and will look to other sites to fill the void. Pinterest must attract new demographics who will bring further interest to the user-curated site.

I thought that this was a pretty interesting question, “How can I possibly get men to not only care about Pinterest but to also use it?”.
It’s sort of weird how now you have a brand that is actually trying to reach out to a male audience when a lot of other brands are doing the complete opposite. I think that this deserves a name, how about “male-washing”. 
So how would you go about bringing more men to Pinterest? I myself joined Pinterest about a month ago and have only gone on there a few times. The site does seem more one-sided when it comes to gender. Being a college student, I hear all my female friends talking about the website and using it and all the male students rolling their eyes. The truth is, how the website is set up now is primarily geared towards women.
Ultimately it may come down to Pinterest trying to put out ads or taking on advertisers that are geared towards both men and woman. 
But there is another way I think this could be accomplished. Simply going about the whole “word of mouth” concept that has put Pinterest on the map. You find a way to draw a group of men to the site, and then they mention it to their other guy friends, and their friends and so on and so forth. But men do not act like woman, it won’t happen as quickly or as efficiently. Men have to find a reason to go to the site and keep coming back. 
Does this mean that Pinterest needs a “Sexy” category or even a “Babes” category? No, that would degrade their brand and bring them down to the level of some porn site. No what they need is they need some sort of respectable outlet geared towards men.
From what I know and from my own experience, the site for men, becomes sort of static and boring. Men don’t want to spend hours upon hours looking at pictures. The want to be engaged, maybe with video or even things happening in real time. Not just “SoandSo_2012 RePinned an image of a football”. The want “ThisGuy7 RePinned Video of man crushed in football pile up”. 

slashpixel:

Injecting Men Into Pinterest

This branding challenge is no easy task. Pinterest is already flush with over 20 million users who are mostly female. How can I possibly get men to not only care about Pinterest but to also use it? I think one potential answer lies in advertising.

Currently, Pinterest has no active advertising campaigns. The site has thrived via word of mouth and sharing of pins on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. Pinterest must be marketed to the masses in order to become part of the active social landscape. The strength of Pinterest truly relies on numbers. If the same users are pinning the same pins over and over, other users will get tired of the site and will look to other sites to fill the void. Pinterest must attract new demographics who will bring further interest to the user-curated site.

I thought that this was a pretty interesting question, “How can I possibly get men to not only care about Pinterest but to also use it?”.

It’s sort of weird how now you have a brand that is actually trying to reach out to a male audience when a lot of other brands are doing the complete opposite. I think that this deserves a name, how about “male-washing”. 

So how would you go about bringing more men to Pinterest? I myself joined Pinterest about a month ago and have only gone on there a few times. The site does seem more one-sided when it comes to gender. Being a college student, I hear all my female friends talking about the website and using it and all the male students rolling their eyes. The truth is, how the website is set up now is primarily geared towards women.

Ultimately it may come down to Pinterest trying to put out ads or taking on advertisers that are geared towards both men and woman. 

But there is another way I think this could be accomplished. Simply going about the whole “word of mouth” concept that has put Pinterest on the map. You find a way to draw a group of men to the site, and then they mention it to their other guy friends, and their friends and so on and so forth. But men do not act like woman, it won’t happen as quickly or as efficiently. Men have to find a reason to go to the site and keep coming back. 

Does this mean that Pinterest needs a “Sexy” category or even a “Babes” category? No, that would degrade their brand and bring them down to the level of some porn site. No what they need is they need some sort of respectable outlet geared towards men.

From what I know and from my own experience, the site for men, becomes sort of static and boring. Men don’t want to spend hours upon hours looking at pictures. The want to be engaged, maybe with video or even things happening in real time. Not just “SoandSo_2012 RePinned an image of a football”. The want “ThisGuy7 RePinned Video of man crushed in football pile up”. 

Abstract Object 01 - What do you see?

Abstract Object 01 - What do you see?

designcube:

myPantone mobile app

as soon as I saw this app, I bought it haha

I love doing work for Cards Against Humanity haha

Loading... No More Posts Load More Posts