Posted 21.01.2015 @ 8.12AM
I kinda look at it as "doing time". When I used to work for others I did anything and everything. I did a shitload of pharmaceutical work straight out of uni, and even a web site for a mining firm. I took on absolutely any job I could get in the early days to gain as much experience as quickly as possible. These days if I do work for others I try my best to only do stuff I truly think is cool.
Posted 01.01.2015 @ 11.09AM
Posted 21.01.2015 @ 9.51AM
@justinfox - when I was starting out in the industry I wouldn't have said no but now working for the last almost 8 years, its time I start saying no I think
I think my issue now is trying to find a studio to work full-time at that has a similar kind of mindset about not doing work they don't agree in which seems kind of hard in Brisbane... I mean I'd love to go freelance on my own but I don't have the skills to find a bunch of clients myself at this point
Posted 28.11.2014 @ 10.01AM
Thanks @Cheli !
How did you learn to read that? ;)
Squashed Mochi is a scrapbook type thing that my girlfriend and I made. Every project that we work on together gets put up on that website.
@justinfox Thank you! What differences did you find between Cargo and Squarespace? I assumed that they were pretty similar, but I've never used Squarespace. From what I can tell, the costs are similar.
Regarding the 'hacks', I originally had no intention of changing the format so much. I really liked the way the wpshower theme looked, and I really like what the people over there do (they generally make a lot of great themes for free), and this was their first paid theme.
Unfortunately, after I made the purchase, I realised that the theme was initially made for blogs rather than portfolios, which is why all the changes had to be made. Each 'hack' was simplifying something, or removing something altogether.
The last visual decision was to remove all the horizontal linebreaks, so everything is the baaaaare minimum.
Posted 27.11.2014 @ 12.41AM
Similar thread to @justinfox ' Squarespace/Wordpress comparison:
I decided to move my portfolio from Cargo Collective to Wordpress, so I could better segment my work. I thought I'd make my reflective brainstorm public so others here can benefit or give me pointers.
My new folio: http://aldousmassie.com/
I'd had my online folio on Cargo Collective for years, and while it was at first very quick and easy to setup (and a huge improvement on what I'd been using prior), the workarounds to each theme to make slight visual tweaks (and major ones) became tedious.
I set up a Wordpress-based folio because of this, and it ended up becoming my main website. My experience involved purchasing a theme similar to what I had in mind, then tweaking this for a really really long time.
Theme I purchased: http://wpshower.com/themes/outspoken/
Cargo Collective compared to Wordpress
- quick setup
- very nice looking 'instant' templates
- already has a community that promotes certain pages, work, etc.
- no need for own hosting
- no need for any technical knowledge (coding, domain linking, etc.)
- content management system is made primarily for creatives, very easy and intuitive
- great tech support
- invite only system can be annoying
- not many responsive templates (especially concerning with growing mobile viewers)
- website can end up looking very very similar to others
- customisation is a huge problem (!)
- no sense of ownership (customisation is locked away, hosting is not yours)
If anyone's got any questions or feedback, please feel free!
Posted 01.10.2014 @ 12.39PM
Hi Gosummer, I think your illustration work is lovely too! What kind of work do you want to look for, and where were you thinking of basing yourself?
If you're looking for more graphic design/publishing work I'd be boosting your folio with more English typesetting work so people can feel confident you can typeset both languages well. Having said that, @Justinfox has a point - you may well want to reach out to people who need Korean language work done; you might also be able to stretch to Chinese and Japanese if you have your own version of InDesign with you as our English versions aren't as well set up to typeset Asian languages.
Of course there's also the UI aspect to your work you might want to build on, but I'm not as well placed to advise on that area.
And if you want to make friends, check out all the community/networking opportunities available! (below are mostly Sydney & Melbourne based as this is what I know best)
http://www.agda.com.au/ - the Australian Graphic Design Association
http://www.meetup.com//Girl-Geek-Dinners-Melbourne/ A dinner group in Melbourne for girls who are interested in technology
http://www.creativewomenscircle.com.au/ A community for women working in creative industries in Melbourne and Sydney