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Etiquette for the interviewer

10 Jul

There are plenty of articles and writings about what etiquette you should follow when you are interviewing for a job, so I am not going to touch that.  This particular post is going to cover the other side to the spectrum.  The etiquette for the business who is interviewing.  I’ve had a few interviews lately, some overseas and some here in town, and a few of my friends have been interviewing with a few local companies as well, so I feel justified in sharing my experiences. 

If you’re interviewing a candidate for a high caliber position, please remember that they are interviewing YOU as well.  The interview process can be stressful enough as it is, there is no need to make things worse by either dragging the process out to be 8-11 weeks or dropping the ball on communicating with the candidate.  Doing that is the best way to lose the interest of that candidate.  You end up coming across as a business who doesn’t care about it’s employees, which ultimately, isn’t going to bring you the best top caliber candidates.  Not to mention, all their friends who listen to them unload their stress will also get a look at how you practice business and you’ll find your reputation gets tainted very quickly.  A friend of mine did 8 rounds of an interview recently with a smaller agency.  8 rounds!  Finally, my friend had enough and ended the stress – but now another friend is asking me for a referral for that same company, and I’m leery of letting her go into the interview process without knowing what she’s getting into. 

I’ve been doing multiple rounds with an overseas company.  The stakes get a little higher when you’re trying to go international.  And after multiple rounds and a verbal promise to receive an offer – communication came to a halt and I’ve heard nothing but crickets chirping.  I’ve reached out, to hear even more silence.  Now it’s only been a week – so I won’t jump to too many conclusions just yet, but folks? if it’s going to take some time, let your candidate KNOW!  If they really want to work there – they’ll wait.  They’ll figure out something to do with their time for a little bit longer.  At least then they won’t think that you’ve gone cold or changed your mind or just disappeared off the face of the planet. 

How does a whole month slip by so fast?

29 Apr

Been busy this month.  I’ve completed a new booth design for the company I work for full time now.  Along with a complete set of new collateral and brochures.  I’ve done some work with HR to “decorate” the offices a bit more than your typical standard office posters and artwork.  Going to have to grab the camera and take some pictures when it’s all done.  I’ve built about 6 microsites and designed about 12 others that haven’t launched yet for some pretty big name clients which is always a bit of an honor.  Still waiting for the new machine at work – hoping end of the week that I’ll get it from the IT guys.  Also currently studying up on some new techniques for building some really complex flash demos.  It’s exciting work actually – ground breaking in that I’m trying to do something a bit different than your standard demo.

On a personal note – i also managed to get a bit further in a comic i’m working on – 🙂 which in my book is ALWAYS a good thing.  Progress!

Things i’ve learned in the last month:  Corporations never really change.  Why I thought 5 years would improve things is beyond me.  But at least i know i’m strong enough to handle that world.  If only I could get through to these people that I’m not a button pusher, i’m an artist with valuable marketing and business experience and valid ideas. 🙂  They’re slowly coming around, so we’ll see.

Oh.. and I’m expecting my second child.  🙂  I’ve also learned that i’m not one of those women who enjoy being pregnant.  Instead of that beautiful rosy glow that some pregnant women get – i’ve discovered my glow is mostly pea green.  We’re due on November 20th and the hubby is just beside himself he’s so giddy.  It’s quite funny.

Well must get back to work.  But wanted to check in with everyone and see how life was going.

Talk to you all later!

-Jen

http://www.jwdesigncenter.com

Corporate Graphic Design and Branding Inspiration

29 Jan
In this showcase, you’ll find a variety of unique and highly creative corporate designs. The aim here is to stimulate your creativity and inspire you to push your designs further and see the possibilities that lie within corporate branding.  It’s also to give some recognition to those graphic designers who aren’t in the lime light as much.
Business Card Designs by Rusadrianewald

Business Card Designs by Rusadrianewald

Corporate Identity Package by Dr Devil

Corporate Identity Package by Dr Devil

Corporate Branding Package by Majaero

Corporate Branding Package by Majaero

Corporate Identity Package by f3rk3s

Corporate Identity Package by f3rk3s

Corporate Identity Package by Majaero

Corporate Identity Package by Majaero

Corporate Business Card Design

Corporate Business Card Design

Film in the City Business Cards

Film in the City Business Cards

Tutorials Everywhere….

28 Jan

CDisco Ball Adobe Illustrator Tutorial

Disco Ball Adobe Illustrator Tutorial

Learn how to create these awesome Heart Icons

Learn how to create these awesome Heart Icons

Challenge yourself and your creativity with this Illustrator tutorial

Challenge yourself and your creativity with this Illustrator tutorial

grungy polaroid tutorial for Adobe Photoshop

grungy polaroid tutorial for Adobe Photoshop

Use this tutorial to learn how to create rain drops in Photoshop

Use this tutorial to learn how to create rain drops in Photoshop

Business Cards : The good, the bad, and the ugly

24 Jan

businesscards

I’ve attended many local trade show for homeowners. I enjoy collecting business cards when I’m there – not necessarily because I’m going to use these companies for their services, but because they can make great inspiration as to what works and what doesn’t with a business card.  I think i’ve got over 2000 that i’ve collected over the years that stood out to me, and have used them in presentations and seminars to show some real life examples of what makes a successful card.  Looking through them, I notice that the majority of them weren’t the greatest cards. So many people have a hard time selling their products or their services to people. Why on earth would you short change yourself by having poorly made or outdated cards to hand out? Give yourself the added confidence when representing your business by making sure that you don’t commit any business card design
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faux pas.

1. you’re at the end of a stack and you’ve changed your phone number or address… so you cross out the old information and write over the top. (see bottom left)… no no no…. bad idea. I know it’s quick and simple for you… but later, this comes across as sloppy, unprepared and unprofessional. If something changes, so should your card. Period.

2. Overfilling your card(see top left)… ok yea, name, address, phone, website, email address… those are certainly important. But stick with ONE logo and make sure you don’t overfill your card with either information or graphics that are unnecessary. The point of a card is to give information in a clear, clean, short but sweet message.

3. Colors (see top right) – colors are great, but be careful. Not only will you up the printing costs, but if you clash as well as these guys, you’re not doing yourself or your profits any favors. Stick to two, maybe 3 colors when printing… unless you include a well thought out photo (do not stretch, do not pixelate). Also keep in mind that by adding color, you’re giving your card a better chance at being noticed.

4. Cost – going for the cheapest you can find. Yea when you’re starting a business, you try to keep costs down. But this is something you’re giving to a client. It is a direct extension of who you are and what you’re business can do for them. If you give out a flimsy card with a poor design, what are you saying about your business? Paper quality, gloss, even specialty cuts are the added things that will cost money, but are definitely worth it. They help your card stick out among the others.

A business card is your business’s identity… if it’s bland, boring, or poorly designed you end up losing the appeal and therefore losing a sale. A business has a personality, a feel to it, and your identity should reflect that.

Now does that mean to go and make the snazziest best design EVER?!  no – not exactly – you can certainly overdo it.  And an overly designed card can backfire just as bad as a poorly designed one.  Keep your audience in mind – what will attract THEM?

It’s that time again… inspiring Typography

3 Sep

Well, it’s been a while, and I love doing these… giving artists some recognition for the beauty they’ve bestowed upon us all… ok yea i’m feeling poetic today.

So let’s get down to it!!

This one is titled “I love you” by BeJay

Beautiful Typography Display

Beautiful Typography Display

http://bejay.deviantart.com/art/Typo-test-I-love-you-96916050

Ok this one is by Akakost and it’s titled what else?  Anakost.  It’s absolutely GORGEOUS tho.
http://anakost.deviantart.com/art/anakost-typography-61551828

And last for today, but certainly NOT least….

This one is titled Typography and is by grafikcanavari

ENJOY!

-Jen

I’m not in a rut.. really i’m not…

26 Mar

170221_2837_writing.jpg   Ok, so the title of this thread is true.. i’m not in a rut.  But I AM stumped on a project.  I’ve been bustin out work left and right all week but this ONE site.. has me stumped.

But all of that got me thinking about the process..or at least my process for design.  I don’t know that I could do the whole in house thing anymore.  I’ll get a brief for a project and draft up some initial thoughts, brainstorm some goals or feelings or thoughts… and then procrastinate for a few hours.  I have to let everything percolate.  But sometimes it seems that certain projects just take trial and error .. i’ll do 3 or 4 concepts and still see just a bunch of hooey… then slack for another hour and suddenly get it together.  What’s YOUR method?  🙂  Do you design and brainstorm on the computer or with pencil and paper?  Do you play video games and slack for inspiration or do you just jump in and get your hands dirty? 🙂

Let’s hear about how you get started?

J.

www.jwdesigncenter.com