This post will feature that process I went through and the research conducted towards the industry facing section of our module.
Below is the final and printed design for my business cards
I chose the design above as I wanted to keep my cards as simple and as clean as possible, it is very easy to over clutter something of this size. The image on the front is a render of the main character from our major project, hunger, I chose the image as it represents the areas that I would consider to apply for jobs i – I modelled and animated the main girl, I’ve always enjoyed the animation process and would love to specialise in it but I also discovered that this semester I have a love for character modelling and sculpting and seeing as I couldn’t chose between the two designs I incorporated them both into my design as they both represent the area within the industry that I would intend on specialising in.
I wanted a font that was hand drawn looking, something different to the common font’s on my laptop. I took to behance and started searching for something that would suit my design, below are a few of the ones I was considering, along with the one I downloaded and actually used:
In the end I chose Bellaboo because it looks hand drawn but yet it still looks neat and tidy which is a quality that a lot of hand drawn fonts seem to be missing, in my opinion.
Below is the research I looked into for creative looking business cards and animators/ modellers in particular:
During my search I came across an illustrator named Simone Bennet [http://www.simonebennett.com.au/] who had designed business cards for a couple of animators and I seriously considered outsourcing my designs to her as she really gets across the character of the animator through the designs which she bases on them themselves.
I really fell in love with the colour scheme of Adam Parton’s, it’s fun, inviting and makes Adam out to be a really great guy, this card was perfect for the role of animator. I had wanted to apply a similar colour scheme to my own design but once I had figure out what design I was using on the front I decided not to, the girl is already colourful enough, anything more, even just a background colour would have been too much:
In keeping with my business cards I also wanted to keep the look of my CV clean and simple. I really liked the design of Fiona McLaughlin’s CV, which can be found at this link: http://www.fionamclaughlin.com/profile/and used hers as a beginning for my own, along with a few more that I’ve sourced from online, covering general CV’s and animation related CV’s.
The link above leads to a pinterest board full of example CV templates that are downloadable. Although I didn’t use a downloaded template for my own this site still gave a good reference for a starting point, it allowed me to see how everyone and anyone would choose to layout their CV’s, from the basic, default layout to those created by creatives and graphic designers – it gave a range of different examples although I still couldn’t forget about how neat and tidy Fiona’s was.
I chose to use helvetica for my header and Calibri for the main bulk of my CV, I did this so that my name and job interest would stand out from the rest of the page. I used 3 different shades of grey because I myself am not a fan of pure black on a white background as it just comes across very harsh. I also decided to use 3 tones to help break up the main content, so that certain parts are easily identifiable eg. Within my experiences section the titles, which are a dark shade of grey, are more easily identified than where and when the jobs took place.
A link to a little article about what words should be used within your CV: https://www.reed.co.uk/career-advice/how-to-write-a-cv/
A few images of other types of CV’s I came across, although not many of these have the neatest and tidiest quality I was looking for.
I looked up a few animator specific CV’s also:
https://www.scottjohnramsay.com/resume : Character animator, Dublin
The layout of my existing website from during placement wasn’t actually too bad, the only thing that really needed editing was the content – it was mainly second year work that I wouldn’t really want any possible employers coming across, so the website was wiped and I added models from my time at Storytoys and any animations/models from Life in the 21st century and Hunger.
I also took long at websites belonging to Modellers and Animators along with any sort of CG/3D related sites I found.
I loved how Gerard’s website looked, it looks neat, tidy and particularly interesting!
As mentioned in an earlier post I had updated my showreel for heading down to Dingle so it was just a case of dropping in my animations from Hunger to replace those that would be considered the weaker clips currently in it.
When creating my showreel I kept in mind what Gerard Dunleavey had mentioned when speaking to our class: Showreels should open with best work and end with best work, overall it should be kept to 30 seconds or less – Recruiters will be watching a lot of showreels, keep their interest by keeping it short and interesting, show a range of work, envrionments, what ever it may be, having it the same but with varying aspects of design. Keep it varied, makes sure everything has a certain level of quality to it, know why certain work is there and some isn’t’. The speed of the pacing and readability need to be considered and this is where I was able to show my work to the rest of my team to get the criticism, after all that’s the only way you’re going to improve.
https://vimeo.com/158680943 : Scott John Ramsay, Animator at Brown Bag
https://vimeo.com/craigpeck : Animator
My showreel can also be found at http://www.hannahloughridge.com/showreel/