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One would think doing this would be easier


You know, after all the schooling the one thing they don’t teach you is how to come up with something when you have only yourself to work with or for.  True that you have all the projects you did while in school to show them what you can do.  But really, do they want to see something you came up with when you had two weeks and lots of time to do it.  I’m willing to bet no.  They are probably wanting to see what you can come up with on your own for a client.  Plus if you are chomping at the bit to start job hunting but you have no portfolio yet and a blog filled with personal reflections, status updates, and smart ass comments to rely on, you probably don’t have much to impress them with just yet.  So what does one do when they’ve hit a philosophical wall like this.  You keep moving.  You keep the ideas running and you don’t question it.  You figure out what you can make and you make it.  I can’t make 20 different websites for companies or individuals that don’t exist.  But I can make Fictional Companies for graphic design projects for an on-line portfolio.  That would be a start for an on-line web design portfolio.  I can also use my very expensive camera, that was purchased so that I could get a advanced certification in photography, and create new photos for a photography on-line portfolio.  Plus there is the chance that I can use people I know who need web sites and start making a name for myself when I go to the New York Comicon.

Oh I haven’t told you guys about the little plan I’ve got going have I.  I’m planning on making my first comic ever…after 15 years of designing a world and second guessing myself.  Well the second guessing is over.  YAY, I’m not insecure anymore…or am I?  😉

I’m going to be producing a Comic book resume.  I’m going to be making a comic book using my photographic and Graphic Design skills (Both of which i still need to finish the programs for. One of theses days). The first page following the cover will be a generic cover-letter on the inside of the cover and my resume on the first page.  Then the comic will follow and I will hand this out to comic book artists and writers as well as comic book companies with the hope of getting either some freelance work or a steady job that will allow me to leave the Big Box and actually start a career.  Ok that was a long run-on sentence.  Probably could split it into two, but I’ll leave it since this is a stream of conciousness entry.  Did I type that out loud.  Anyway back to topic.

I’ll tie the website to the comic.  But First I need some graphic design stuff for the comic.  Since it’s photography that means changing names of businesses and products so the companies don’t sue me later on.  So I guess where I need to start is figure out all the locations I’ll be shooting at and figure out what i need to create to replace with what’s actually there.  🙂  🙂 🙂

I have no idea where this energy is coming from but I like.  Can I quit my job now and just do this until I have a new job…No.  Damn it.  I still have a lot of bills to pay and a 10 year old car with over 200,000 miles on it that i need to keep running until I’m either debt free or have a new job that pays better.  Ok.  Time to go create.

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James McGill

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2011 in Creative Progress Update

 

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Academic History Part 1: Graphic Design – Product Pamphlet – Summer 2005


Hey Everybody, The picture below was my first job after NIU. I had graduated the year before with my BS in Marketing and I had found that whenever I asked people if I could do marketing for them, they all said that they wanted me to make a pamphlet, magnet, etc. Now I’ve known the owners of Ream’s Elburn Market since I was three. When my parents moved to Elburn my parents made friends with the Ream’s because my dad is a big fan of cooking. He loved buying the food at the Meat Market. Eventually Mrs Janelle Ream taught my sister how to play Flute and piano. So I grew up knowing these people. For some odd reason that still eludes me, they liked me and still do. They hired me to work at the market for the summer of 2000 before I went to NIU. Fast forward to summer 2005, i was working for them again before I started working at the Big Box.

GraphicDesignProject1SdA by JHM Project
GraphicDesignProject1SdB by JHM Project

GraphicDesignProject1SdA, GraphicDesignProject1SdB, a photo by JHM Project on Flickr.

This was the first Graphic Design Job I did after I graduated NIU. This is what basically started me on the path i’m on today. I was only considering going to Waubonsee Community College when I got this job. When I finished I knew I could do better once I learned how to use Quark and Indesign. 

This is how it came to be.  While I was there I asked them if I could do some marketing to try and improve my resume. They asked me to do a pamphlet, just like everyone else. So I said I’d give it a try. If I messed up, they wouldn’t pay me and not think I was wasting their time. I got all the information from them to put in the pamphlet. I took the picture of the front with my mom’s Sony Sure Shot Camera. I then created the whole layout with my mother’s copy of Microsoft Publisher. I went through the templates, because I knew nothing on how this worked at the time. So I took bits and pieces from different templates to create something that wasn’t just plug and play. I charged them what they were paying me to work at the Market. As you can see they got what they paid for. Something simple. I still am very greatful that they gave me this chance and helped me figure the path I wanted to take.  That’s pretty much how this came about. 

More To Come.

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James McGill

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2011 in Academic History

 

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