Friday, 15 June 2012

Stop Monsanto killing the worldwide population

Bernie Sanders presents a bill that would impose on those such as Monsanto who produce genetically modified food to inform the population by adding such ingredients to the product label. We the population need and want to know what we are eating.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Tips to become a better artist

Read the DA article about 7 Tips To Instantly Become a Better Artist. I must add it's pretty inspiring. Enjoy!

Friday, 8 June 2012


Over the last 5 days I've started doing sourveys. I will be doing this for a month to see if it can generate any income. So far I got £0.50, but already took part at over 20 sourveys. However I do not qualify to go through the whole process for not even 70% of them since I happen to not meet their criteria. I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Embarassing Workers

In my search for jobs I came across few embarrassing mistakes from random employees that are meant to have a conversation with me and decide whether to invite me for an interview or not.. not professional at all. 

Today I received an application form to fill in for a job I applied in May.  Apparently they've been busy with hundreds of emails, but I'm lucky enough to be considered to fill in the form. Except for one small detail. "Please be aware the deadline for applications is 16th April, any applications received after this date will not be considered. Due to the numbers of applications we receive, we are not able to respond to everyone, so if you do not hear from us within one month of the closing date, you have been unsuccessful this time." Today is 7 June for goodness sake! This email was sent by the Bookings Manager. 

Wednesday being yesterday, I was out from early morning so I didn’t had time to check my email. At about 2 o'clock when I got back I saw I was invited to an interview for Wednesday. Good news, right? Well NO, because the email was sent a bit after 1 pm and I was meant to go to that interview on the same day I received the email . Since I've seen it late I couldn't organize my time to attend it. They said they would arrange a phone interview for today and I asked for the time to make sure my phone would be charged and that I would be in a quiet area with full coverage. I got no reply from them. "I am pleased to inform you that after reviewing the hundreds of applicants that applied for this position. We are happy to select you for our next phase interview for this opportunity. Finally, are you able to come into the office Wednesday this week to have an interview at our East London office?" Nowhere in their email was mentioned their office address. The email was sent by the owner of this business which offered unpaid internship with no perspective for future hiring after the 6 months full time contract.

These are the most recent emails, but I have quite a collection of more alike.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Digital Design vs Graphic Design

When I started working as a graphic designer the job requirements were so different than the ones today for the same role.

In 2005 graphic designer meant to be fluent in CorelDraw, Quark, Illustrator and Photoshop for printing design for illustrations, logos, posters, flyers, books etc.

Nowadays a graphic designer needs to know the entire Adobe Suite meaning:
Illustrator - logos, vector illustrations, buttons, icons, typography, brushes, custom shapes etc
Indesign - layout for posters, brochures, books, catalogues, calendars etc
Photoshop - photo editing/retouching/manipulation, visual effects, digital painting, textures, brushes, patterns, buttons, web design etc
Dreamweaver - web design, HTML/CSS, responsive fluid grid, html email, newsletters etc
Fireworks - web design, framework, buttons, animations etc
Flash - banners, adverts, email marketing, animations etc
After Effects - video editing
3D modeling/Java/PHP/Ajax/Pearl/MySql would be a plus
Web apps for iphone and android

When you think all these are done on a computer hence all it's digital design. Well not so easy as today these jobs are divided in so many names that it's so hard to grip in which category your skill set falls in.

These days you have apprentice, intern, trainee, graduate, entry level, junior, mid weight, senior, professional role for each of the following roles:

Graphic designer


Art Editor

Art Director

Creative Director

Digital Designer

Web designer

Web developer

Front-end developer

Back-end developer


Game Tester


Concept Artist

3D technician

Lead Artist

When you know a bit of everything for each position what do you choose? You can't know them all fluently, but these days you are expected to do so, regardless the job you are aiming for. What is the best thing to do to get your foot in the door and start with what you know?