Lately, I've been working day and night on my portfolio, and by the end it will probably near 90 pages. I've been so busy with freelance, ARM and setting up projects and new processes for them, that I haven't had as much time for my work. So, currently I am attempting to drown everything else out and focus on completing my portfolio for my job search. I thought I would post some of my portfolio pages here and show what it is I do for a living. I worked at Mattel for a couple years and here (below) was one of my projects; their UNO Brand. Below (left to right) is my lead in page. I took each of their brands (Games group) and simplified them into a fun modern icon. (Right) is my pitch of where UNO brand is and where it could be (On the right side of this second attachment is some of my design proposals/drawings). Below that is a series of Marketing pitches where I visually showed why it is a good idea to change, update and what that can do to their brand and company. While at Mattel my job probably only required me to sketch a plastic housing, but I guess I couldn't just do that, and so I constantly tried to pitch new ideas and ways to expand their brands into today's culture.
It is hard changing a brand that is so long lived and companies can be weary about doing so. Business' get scared of change and would rather keep what is familiar, but change is sometimes good. It requires a healthy balance. Lucky for me this new look was welcomed and has done very well in the retail world, proving that yes, sometimes some thing different IS a good idea. Below that, attachments 5-11, are my sketches and renderings of my final product. Sometimes a single final 'hotshot' rendering (digital painting/drawing) can take me 6 hours long...As a designer I get to draw the ideas and then intimately work with engineers to actually make the final product. The process involved self-managing projects and balancing the costing, schedule and product's design journey...at least this was the process at Mattel. A Industrial Design portfolio requires much communicating and expressing your thought process and how your project evolved. This way your career potential will be able to read into your style and thinking and decide if you are a right fit for their studio. Unfortunately, a one page resume is NOT enough to get a design job. You need a book of your work. I have to take all my old drawings, many of which I needed to do new ones, and then lay them out onto a page in a pleasing and understandable manner. So, that is a little look into what I do as a designer. If you look at everything surrounding you; shoes, consumer electronics, wheelchairs,pens, mixers, kitchen ware, bikes, glasses, toys, furniture...it was all touched by a designer at one point. As time has progressed, I think I am most attracted to social design and designing solutions to some major problems; whether it is in the US or in third world countries. Social design is not your 'sexy' branch of design, but far more functionally meaningful, I think, because it really helps the end user in not just a cosmetic way. I believe I am most fortunate to be doing what I love. Later, I'll post the link of my complete online portfolio. (click on images to enlarge)
p1-2 (fun with image and changing it)
p3-4 (Problem and Solution)
p5-6 (My sketches and renderings)
p7-8 (My graphics and renderings)
p9-10 (My graphics and renderings)
p11 (My renderings)
Though, I give much effort in spreading awareness and help those that are trying to get us closer to a cure, it is not THE thing about me and I am not just about HIBM. I'd hate to be defined as just that...
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It's 3:30 am, so thought I'd do a very short post. I'm lying in bed with my iPhone in hand. I've been a bit MIA here, but assure I'll be back in full force once I get some personal projects completed. I have a huge bank of posts, illustrations and video just waiting to be uploaded, but time is always a factor. I'm working heavily on my portfolio and close to the finish line. I'm doing my best to drown everyhing else out until I am finished. Maybe I'll post a few of the portfolio pages here. So, until then I'll try and do these easy breezy quick updates.
As I've already established, I'm awake. Actually went to bed fairly early, but always end up waking up. I find I wake up to an idea and need to jott it down. I'm lying on my back tap, tap, tapping my iphone with one finger. Holding my iPhone this way makes it feel like a 100 pounds. It is hard to hold up even the lightest of items. My finger gets tired and both arms feel strained. As it progressses I hate how I can feel how weak my legs feel even when I am doing nothing...even when I am just lying here. My legs feel numb and tingly. The muscles feel like they are hardly there, but voiceful just enough to express their depletion. Hardly a part of my body, I feel like they (legs, arms...etc) are fighting to leave the 'team'...they 'just want out', they cry...they want nothing to do with me anymore. During the night I need to manually turn as my legs don't move on their own like a 'regular' person's body does. Pretty much while I sleep I lie perfectly still until I'm forced to wake up and reposition my darn body. I try to move my legs by myself, but many times I have to poke Jason to help. Because my legs don't move on their own they get very numb and I need to constantly move and reposition to stretch them out and increase circulation. This combined with an over-productive mind makes it hard to sleep sometimes. I hate the feeling of numbness and I hate literally feeling the atrophy in my muscles. At least I still have feeling, right? There is your bright side. As the condition progresses the time it takes for circulation to waiver or parts of my body turning numb decreases. Seems like it happens quicker and much more frequently. My joints have really suffered, too and it's pretty uncomfortable ALL the time. I'm always in discomfort.
Weekly swimming at the local pool and it is always with tons of elderly. All you need is vodka and you've got yourself a party. As I mentioned earlier, I've been swimming every weekend. Swimming is the best exercise as gravity is not working against me. I usually see the same patrons at the pool and they are usually all senior citizens. It is cute to watch them, because they have their own social circles and cliques and it feels like a Cheers (wet)bar where 'hellos', 'you made it' are exchanged. I am usually the youngest.
It is cool to be able to do all sorts of leg tricks that I can't outside, like, lifting me leg and walking without the assistance of Clarice II, George, Charlie or Rolly (Kamjam mobility team; cane, braces, chair). Plus, in the pool I am able to karate kick Jason ;). I can do flips underwater, too. It feels wonderful to be able to walk in the water and in a way nostalgic...I am visiting my past and it is nice. I definitely feel better and more energetic after the fact. If you are a patient, I highly recommend you hop on board the swimming train. Check out your local schools, as they may have special time slots for seniors/disabled and much cheaper than your YMCA. The local pool I visit is a warm pool, so it's very easy on the body.
Rolling and jamming around the city, I noticed alot of wheelchairs out. Ughhh, why are wheelchairs so horrible looking? I swear, one day, one day I wanna make those things look sweet, and THEN people will be staring at me not because I have wheels attached to my butt, but because I look so darn cool ;).
I definitely see a rising trend in focusing on individual mobility and making it better and cooler. Which is smart because disability rates are rising and people are living longer, thus need more assistance. It's an industry that hasnt really been touched and its potential not sought after. I definitely see more conceptual art for the medical device industry. Car companies, such as Honda and Toyota, focus studios for R&D in individual mobility, though some more shiny than practical or functional. I see alot of conceptual - shiny art, so it makes the company appear innovative, but I'm waiting to see for this flare to be realistic enough to actually hit markets. There is definitely so much potential awaiting. Hey, if people have to live in these things on a daily basis for the rest of their lives, there's no reason why it can't be inspired. I have alot to say about this subject and what one day I hope to do in this field, but I am tired, so I am off to bed.