Art and graphic design ? You will need a portfolio…

Hello my friends around the world!

Today I’ve applied plenty of jobs for the position of an art teacher. Not sure how things will go but I’ve made an attempt and that is more than enough. If you ever feel like being an art teacher or maybe a designer having an portfolio is a great start I must say.

What is a portfolio ?

It’s a file, page or book where you exhibit your creativity.

What does a porfolio contain ?

You can have all from pictures, sketches, illustrations to descriptions of your work. What is most important if you are planning to work as a designer for example, is the mood board or sketches. It is very important to exhibit the process rather than the final product. That is actually how the professional designers work. Now everything depends on what kind of design or art you want to exhibit. Photographs would have plenty of photographies in their portfolio, both edited and natural. It would probably show technics used to capture the pictures. On the other hand illustrations for animations focus on scale, perspective, movement. Even if you create one character, it needs to be shown from different angles so that the animation can work when rendered into a digital object. Designing clothes, shoes or accessories would require your portfolio to be a blend of digital and drawn by hand as it is about fabrics and patterns which you would need to provide or at least have an idea of how you can make or where to find, so that your design has a plan from start to an end.

My portfolio is filled with drawings, sculptures, graphic design, scrapbooking, video editing and different types of textile work. I still feel like I should have drawn two dimensional and three dimensional illustrations but going to give my current portfolio a chance before creating something new. The description is in Swedish but you are free to look at my work. Sometimes a picture is all you need.

Good luck with your portfolio !

Pray for me 🙏

Hello my dear people! It finally happened, I’ve submitted my thesis around 3PM today. And I cannot believe that I actually did it. After so much struggle… Right now all I have left is to wait … and pray that all the reading, interviewing and writing did not go to vain.

Not many people know but I’ve travelled the world in order to get the data to be as unique as possible. I’ve been in Belgium and Austria, then I interviewed a Spanish designing company. I went to three different museums in Sweden. You probably would never imagine but transcription of interviews is a real hell. It takes at least 4-5 hours to transcribe an interview that did not last for more than 20-25 minutes. I think the biggest challenge I had was with the Austrian museum where I sat in a busy coffee shop in the museum building and people kept screaming and running around. Luckily, I’ve recorded everything that has been said, else I would’ve been in trouble, a big one.

So what’s the next step?

If I clear the thesis, next will be trying to get an internship or just some other job to pass the time. I’ve applied for a Master program at KTH, starting this autumn, but I am not sure if I will get in. More than tourism, I would love to explore innovation, networking, design and teach others.

I am pretty exhausted. I did not sleep well these few days. I lost a lot of minerals from my bloodstream drinking tea like crazy and my eyes are killing me from all the light exposure. But before I go to hit the bed after a long battle, I would like to invite you to read the short abstract below.

Feel free to comment or message me to share your thoughts : ) Happy Sunday to you !

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Webdesign: Essentials of front-end design

Have you always wanted to design your own website but you do not understand how everything works? Which software do I need? How do I host the website into the server? What is HTML and CSS? What is Java script responsible for ?

Before we dig deeper into the terms essential for starting with the designing of a websites layout, colors, fonts and other features which are shown on every screen while visiting a online store etc., let’s talk about softwares and hosting you will be needing in order to code and publish your website into the server.

There are many places you can purchase a hosting and domain. Hosting is like a storage for all your data while the domain makes it easier to navigate on your website. Nevertheless, the mapping needs to be done manually if you are not working with WordPress for example that has already the feature to easily create, structure and display content. It’s called CMS (Content management system).

If you want to do everything from scratch you will need a code editor like:

  • Visual Studio
  • Brackets
  • Notepad++

or you could use a computer application for notes and save it as for example “mywebsite.html”. It allows you to code locally instead of transfering the data. When you code locally you can use your browser to preview the appearance of your website in most cases (works fine if you have a Macbook at least). Brackets is actually one of the softwares that gives you the possibility to preview your code and see how it would look visually on the screen for others.

The elements which we see on a website are created with code language such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Although JavaScript is more used as back end developing tool than front end because of its functions such as animations and navigation, pop up windows and much more. HTML is the code which is necessary for the layout, without it the website would not show up as its the skeleton of the whole “construction”. It i used to navigate from one page to the other as well. CSS as a language is responsible for the images, colors, fonts, size of the elements, responsiveness of the object. JavaScript is mostly used for the functionality purpose such as for example signing a subscription, being able to add things in the cart, playing music or videos on your website. Some of these functions can work with HTML too but not as advanced as with JavaScript.

Once you have written your code, you will need to transfer your files over to the server of your host. For that you will need FTP (File Transfer Protocol). A very much known FTP software is Filezilla as its easy in use. You will need a username and host details which can be found on the website of your host on the page of your purchased hostings and domains most likely. After you upload your data into the server it can take a while before you can see anything showing up while visiting the domain you have chosen for your website.

If something is not showing up or at least not the way you would like it to show, you will need to check your code if there are any mistakes. To validate the HTML you can visit and upload your file here . To validate the CSS you can upload your file here.

I hope that you have learned something & Good luck on your journey of webdesign!

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