Thank you to everybody who commented! Very much appreciated :)
I understand my web page is not very good, which is why I am learning web so I can improve it and do something that is actually good.
Noftus, I greatly appreciate your comments. Not trying to be an art director, just asking for a little guidance from professionals. I'll get rid of that Freakshow image.
Methinks I have a project to do today - a complete web page makeover :)
I do enter design competitions, so I have some work that isn't uni related. And I do also make up my own briefs and design magazines for them. I've actually just discovered that a man down the road from me is a graphic designer, so I will ask him if I could get some experience with him.
Anyways, thanks everybody for your comments. Going to take on board everything you have all said :)
Every job I have ever gone for in design has had 150+ applications.
Are you doing enough to be in the top 1% of those applications? What does your resume look like?
I hope your resume design serves the content rather than tries too hard to be 'design'. Good design isn't really noticeable, it's there to make things easier or more engaging for others - but it isn't the complete point of something.
You also need to curate your work a bit better. If you only have 10 great design pieces, just show that. Don't pad your folio for the sake of it. Use your 10 pieces to get your 11th and 12th great piece of design work.
I find your images also have a lot of compression artifacts. Whilst I appreciate you may have been trying to reduce load times, it's small things like that which may be noticed by people hiring - which will be me in a week or so.
::Something as simple as an www.about.me page would be a lot better than your current site.::
I think that's a bit harsh. I think, yes, he does need to learn some more, but that learning can happen in conjunction with "real world" work for non-profits. And they would be better than made up projects.
Thank you Letsmakeart :)
I think I put up too much work on my site and the bad work lowered the quality of the good work. I want to do a complete website makeover and buy my own domain. I can't imagine potential employers would be too impressed with my current site.
@Aldous.. I think it's fantastic advice to receive! Your work looks absolutely amazing!! :) I think it's great advice that will benefit me.
i know i go on about this a bit but a copywriting/advertising/ad school type course can set you above alot of your competition assuming you keep working hard on your design. it might only take 10 weeks but will open up the world of advertising and really help you to communicate your ideas. slam a well written well laid out ad in front of a prospective employer and they'll be thinking future...
You sound like me 4 years ago, a fresh graduate that had just finished his courses and was ready to take on the world. Started handing out resumes, then some more and then started going crazy as always got the same rejection " Sorry but we are looking for someone with experience", how am I suppose to get experience if everyone wants someone with experience I thought.
So as the months went by and no money coming in I started do odd freelancing jobs for friends and family, I still kept handing out my resume's but no luck, until I handed out my 100th resume to a Holden dealership, they knocked me back but the admin at Holden had a friend who was looking to recruit a web designer and passed on my details, I finally landed a web design job.
Worked at the web design company for a couple of years and decided it was time to move on to bigger and better things, I have now been running my own business for the past 2 years and have 7 people that work for me.
What got me through the tough times was a quote, " A quitter never wins", keep that in mind buddy and hopefully you will land your dream job :)
I disagree Dan. Whilst education is good, design is a lot more practical. Work is what gets you jobs, not your education.
As everyone else here has said, make a better folio. We've all done it, I went into a job interview when i was younger with a folio of 5 pieces and got completely smashed from the employer for wasting his time. You learn from these things and move forward.
I don't think it's a good idea to have uni/study work in your folio, as these briefs can be
re-occuring, and something they've seen before. And it's not ideal to be describing the job and telling the employer how it was for a university assignment. I know it's hard to show this when you are a freshie, but if you do any freelance, I'd be showing that over uni projects.
If you are having trouble getting jobs, look at internships and placements alike, while they don't normally pay well, they do offer experience which is invaluable.
How's he going to do that when his knowledge is clearly lacking in all departments?
::Work is what gets you jobs, not your education.::
He's not even at the work stage. 100+ employers have already told him that (in an indirect way). You have to walk before you can run. And in his case he needs more education on all things design and get an understanding of the standard of work that's out there and required from employers & clients. He would be better off asking for work experience placements.