My Creative Resume Handout for Photography and Graphic Design
As you already know, my name is Karol Cordon and I am a graphic designer and photographer from Guatemala. Since I was young I have felt a strong interest towards art. As I grew up, I made the choice to attend Brigham Young University and get a degree in Visual Communications. I will be graduation in one week of my Bachelors Degree. The past two years I have had the experience to work as a graphic designer. I have been able to apply what I’ve studied and learn new things from other designers. I am hardworking, honest, proactive and creative.
This week I took on the challenge to create a unique resume. I decided to to make a four-fold brochure to showcase my resume and portfolio.
I started with a draft to figure out the layout of the brochure and the placing of each element for it to fold properly.
After figuring out my basic layout I started with the design. Earlier this semester I worked on my personal branding, so I decided to use the logo and color scheme from that project. I created my brochure using Adobe Illustrator. After finishing the design, I selected some of my best work from this semester and printed them imitating polaroid images. I printed out and put together 4 pockets for my different categories to hold my images.
I truly enjoyed this project and the opportunity to create something completely unique to showcase my experience as well as my abilities. This is the finished resume.
My Best Work From My Professional Photography Class
This semester I had the privilege to take the COMM 316 Professional Images course from Sister Caryn Esplin. I will be graduation this semester in Visual Communications. Through my career and studies the past 4 years I have grown as a graphic designer, but this last semester I decided to challenge myself and learn about professional photography, a hobby I’ve had since I was little. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to learn along side many amazing photographers. These is some of my best work this past semester, which includes a little of what I learned. I was also able to explore different styles. By the end of the course I am drawn to taking sharp images, with dark shadows and bright colors. I loved learning product, landscape and fine art photography but I enjoy taking portraits the most. I try my best to creates natural images with human emotion.
I know I still have a lot to learn but I am eager to dive into the world of professional photography. This article by Casey Chan can be helpful for other starting photographers like me.
I decided to redesign this product because I have been a fan of The Cookie Place since they opened in August this year. While their current design is not bad I though it could be better. The intended target is college-age students, since most consumers are Brigham young University – Idaho Students.
The cookie place current packages and delivers their cookies in white boxes with a sticker on it. While this might be the most practical way of doing it, a product needs a good design to be pleasing and attractive. The Cookie place is a small business ran by Rexburg locals but the branding is not interesting nor fun. The target audience is young adults ages 18-30 because Rexburg is a college town, the shop is located closest to the BYU-Idaho campus and student housing, which makes college students their primary market.
I decided to keep the original branding color, teal. I chose a bright yellow and grey as accent colors.
FLAT PACKAGE DESIGN
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Good design is an essential part of the selling of a product and how the audience perceives it. I believe this new design will appeal more to the target audience and reach more people. The new design is simple and fresh, but still stylish and attractive. With Baked, the new cookie store in town, The Cookie Place has competition and this new image will definitely help with that.
Taking Creative Portraits
For my Professional Imaging class I had the opportunity to participate in a themed photoshoot. These were portraits that had to be creative so we models dress up as fantasy characters. We used smoke bombs, which are harder to use than you think. I also played around with lights, gels, and movement and ended up with some fun portraits. I think sometimes we need to try out new things in order to get exciting photographs. While natural portraits are my style, these creative portraits really challenged me in the best possible way and I am happy with my photos.
Here is an article where you can find more ideas for creative portrait photoshoots.
How to Take Outdoor Portraits with Auxiliary Lighting
During my excursion for my Professional Imaging class I had the chance to take portraits in amazing locations. I wanted to make the landscape just as much part of the photo as the subject. It was an interesting task to take a portrait while still portraying the environment around my subject.
This article really helped me improve and gave me some amazing tips. The most important thing I learned is that the best way to take these kind of portraits is by using aux lighting such as speedlights and strobes to have both the subject and the background exposed. When both the background and the subject are exposed they work together to create a beautiful image. I took advantage of Jackson’s beautiful scenery and took some themed outdoor photos. Here are my photos, followed by some set up shots.