How to build your own video CV

06.11.2013, 10:43

In the world of graphic design sometimes it is not enough to send a CV that only outlines your studies and experience. Companies need practical examples of your work. In this respect, being original and presenting high quality examples is a deciding factor to get the job.

We had previously given 32 amazingly creative job application examples that could help you stand out from other job seekers. Today we go a step further and give you some inspiration to make a video CV, a practice that is becoming widespread among graphic designers, specifically 3D specialists. The opportunity to show their skills, alongside their education and experience, drives this new trend.

Story

The first step is to create an action plan. We want to show companies that we are able to create and give life. As a 3D graphic designer, the best way to do so is by creating different characters which will show your skills in the matter. This sounds basic but is the core of the experience. The result will not be outstanding without a good story behind it.

We are going to use this video CV of the Spanish graphic designer Javier Hernández as example. He has chosen different characters –people, cartoon characters and animals- because their rigging -their internal skeleton- allowed them to be very expressive.

After you have chosen the characters, you have to write a catchy script and interact with the characters that you created.

In this particular case, the artist starts to explain his CV while the characters interrupt him. The first character that appears is a small girl over his shoulder. After that, a cartoon comes down from a rope and the artist decides to catch it and take it out. The characters continue to show up. The next one is a big dog that plays with the graphic designer. In the background you can also see Spiderman and a woman, in real size, that gives him some advice.

In this manner, Javier has built a catchy and funny story with our characters showing the recruiters what we are able to create with 3D.

There are some other ways to create your own original video CV if you are a 3D designer. For example, the artist Jacob Hall creates his own brand and builds his video as an advertisement.

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35 User-Interface designs with open PSD-files

30.10.2013, 10:10

Regardless of what you do, a nice and intuitive user interface is a very good way to impress your audience. In this article you will find 35 open PSD-files to help you build extraordinary user interfaces.

Think about it, your customer certainly deserves a interface that he can enjoy and use without frustrations. On the other hand, you do not have to spend hours designing your own buttons – be it for a website, app or platform. Why would you? Most of the elements in an user-interface are relatively standard – sliders for volume and similar functions, back/forward buttons for websites, username and password forms, numbers, tabs/categories markers, etc. Take a look at these open PSD-files and simply use what you need.

Inspire yourself and learn to create outstanding user-interfaces!

Transparent Ui kit

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21 Halloween inspired print designs

23.10.2013, 10:17

Halloween is next week and we want you to get ready for it. Let us introduce you some posters and flyers that can inspire you to create an impressive design for your Halloween party.

In this article you can see how clubs or restaurants created catchy designs to attract customers. An original spooky design is key this time of the year.

Pumpkins and classic zombies are too mainstream so we want you to be different. Have a look at these designs and feel free to create spooky promotions for your business.

Because we want you to have a terrifying night!

Xombie Halloween Invitation


Source: Katarina Andriopoulos

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+200 spooky resources for Photoshop

16.10.2013, 9:38

Halloween is in a few weeks. In this post you’ll find a great selection of spooky textures, bloody brushes and frightening icons for your realistic Halloween designs.

You’ll find every brush you’ll need started from blood splashes, cobwebs, handprints, bones and brains to graveyards. There is something for every design whether you want to create a monster or zombie inspired design. Additionally, we collected some of the creepiest tutorials for you: “Create your own horror movie poster”, “transform yourself into an alien” or “become a True Blood vampire”.

We wish you lots of fun and lots of monster force in the creation of the darkest horror atmosphere!

Patterns/Textures

Seamless Spiderweb


Quelle: FantasyStock

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30 artworks with illustrative elements + 20 helpful tutorials

09.10.2013, 11:54

We are very happy to introduce you with this series of 30 illustrations, 20 of which containing a detailed tutorial that shall provide you with useful tips as to how they were created and, in the process, most probably, set your creative skills on fire!

These tutorials will for instance, and among many other things, enable you to create organic lettering, add depth to mixed-media collages, create retro graphics in illustrator, or even create an incredible typographic illustration. In a nutshell, you’ll find bellow the latest state-of-the-art digital techniques to upscale your artwork so they really stand out!

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35 inspiring business cards and 10 templates for free use

02.10.2013, 10:19

A good business card is the cornerstone of a good company image, although they present themselves on a small area with the company logo and other important details the margin for creativity in design is ever more expansive as more tools become available.

Below is a collection of particularly innovative card designs that stick out from the norm. These 35 inspirational business cards subvert traditional conventions and, whilst being very visually appealing help communicate the identity of the companies.
And as handy extra, there are an additional 10 business card templates to kick-start your own designs, enjoy!

John Charles Photography Business Card

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40 websites with parallax scrolling and 10 tutorials for own parallax effects

25.09.2013, 12:04

The use of visuals in communication has hugely increased over the past decade. With so much more material for to process from day to day; it has emerged that the use of visual graphics and animation greatly improve our ability to take in and retain information.

Although their screenshots don’t do them justice, a remarkable collection of websites built around parallax scrolling and engaging graphics below show clearly the direction that site design is moving towards.

As well as striking depth and a 3D feel, the use of animated graphics is common in such examples to give a sense of motion to visitors browsing through the websites.

After seeing these inspiring examples you might endeavor to start your own designs; we’ve taken the care to assemble 10 comprehensive and professional tutorials focusing on building a range of parallax frameworks.

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30 InDesign-Tutorials and 10 InDesign-Templates

18.09.2013, 10:50

Anyone who takes print design seriously uses Adobe InDesign for designing and tweaking their projects. If you need a step-by-step guide to slick professional designs then look no further, we have them here.

We collected 30 high-quality InDesign tutorials that are sure to make a good impression. If you’re in a hurry then you can utilize the 10 InDesign templates which only need minor customizations to your specification. Get inspired and have fun creating your own designs!

Use glyphs to create a striking typographic poster in InDesign

Designer: Jo Gulliver

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© Jo Gulliver

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20 examples of individual stamps

11.09.2013, 10:28

Whether on a loyalty card in a coffee shop or on the back of someone’s hand outside a nightclub; the trusty stamp has had its place in our day-to-day for decades.

These days with a much wider range of tools available for custom made stamps, we have entered an age of superbly aesthetic, creative and efficient designs across the board.
We’ve assembled a beautiful collection of 20 stamps ranging from office use to baby shower invitations, enjoy!

Electric Bolt Stamp

Source: Jonathan Lochhead

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40 print tutorials and templates you can use for free

04.09.2013, 10:37

Below is a range of resources for designing business cards, flyers, magazines and brochures:
Whether at a casual beginner level or looking for something more formal and commercial; you will find a selection of tutorials and step by step guides to accomplish stylish, professional designs.

We collected 40 print tutorials and templates you can use for free. Get inspired and create your own designs!

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