Week 4- Interview Skills

Today we were given some tips to use to help us with Interviews. Firstly its important to dress appropriately for the occasion. The core values to consider is to push the boundaries, have the will to learn, be part of team, a good personally with enthusiasm, user- centered approach, show your hard working, motivation and good time management.

Things you need consider when preparing for an interview:

  • What are your values? Hint- They should make your employable/ be desirable to your employer
  • Prior Experience- make any experience count
  • Under the role- Explain how you know/ with examples-(design process)
  • Enthusiasm- show why you want to work there
  • Willing to learn- Use an example
  • Aspiration/Motivations- What drives you and where do you want to go?
  • User-Centered Approach- Part of your process/ Motivations. Show your have a good set or priorities.

The answers you give in the interview, tie them back to one of these previous things even it’s not obvious. Always answer a question even if indirectly. Prepare speaking points- not scripts.

Important

  • Sell yourself(Strengths)
  • Show Enthusiasm
  • Use examples
  • End on a positive Note

In class we were put into pairs and had to ask each other interview questions. This allowed us to learn what type of questions they may ask in our interview.

 

 

Week 4- web content and web flow

Today in class we revised the basic HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) which we used in first year for coding our websites. HTML editor is normally brackets. HML should always be written in lowercase. It’s important have opening and closing Tags. Web browsers such as Goggle Chrome, Firefox, etc, should all display a website. In the head tag you normally include things such as Page Title, CSS Links. Body Tag would normally include things such as Heading, Paragraph and Images, etc. We looked at headings these are important to help structure your content on a website. We the  looked at HTML Attributes such as Alt Tags which can be used on a website as a screen reader. HTML Comments allows the html editor to leave a comment which makes it easy to back to the same section to make changes. The most important attributes I need on my portfolio site are Links and Images. Links allow you to link info on other pages. Link Targets allows you to stay on a browser or open a new window. Word of advice don’t use any spaces in your links. We looked different image formats such as JPG such is good for images. Gifs which are appropriate for Animation. PNG is good for transparent Images and Icons. SVG is vector based and allow Images to be scaled up and down. SVG are commonly used in Brands. Top Tip is to make sure your Image Dimensions aren’t too large.

After break we looked at CSS which stands for Cascading Style Sheet. CSS allows us to style our webpages and web content. You can link a style sheet to a specific webpage. This is located in the head section. By using CSS you can select multiple properties on multiple webpages as well as selecting specific or multiple elements. CSS can allow you to style a list, add colour, text-decoration, text alignments and font weight and styles.

We looked at what content should be displayed on a website. Nav is the most important link displayed at the Top of the website. Nav doesn’t just have to be links it can display other content. A header is located at the top with content such as Logos, name, links, etc and footer at the bottom with foot notes, name, links, copyright.  The main content is were all your main content such as headings, paragraphs and images go.

In our website we should consider the content, padding, border and margin. Padding is space between the top of the webpage. Margin is used to space the content on page between text and images. Generic Boxes are used for container elements. We lastly explored CSS Selectors.

After we went through all this we had a talk from ESO about placement opportunities. They said were looking 2 placement students for the summer. I felt this talk very interesting and they seem like a great and supportive company to work for. I should definitely consider applying for them. The deadline is the Friday the 5th of Nov.

Lastly Kyle give us a tutorial of how to use webflow. I felt it was very useful.

For this week I’m going to work on creating my portfolio using webflow.

Uu Virtual Job placement Fair

Today I attended Ulster University online Job Placement fair as this will help me to apply for placement jobs and so I can see what places I liked. I registered for several group sessions throughout the today from companies which I felt I was interested in. I had talks from Synergy Learning, Puppet, Instil and FinTrU. During these sessions I was able to find out about each company, their day to day and the type of roles they were offering students. At the end of the talk I was able to get an opportunity to ask any further questions I may had.

Reflection

I feel like the Jobs fair really useful as it give me a better understanding about the placement jobs available to me and allowed me to gain more knowledge about the different company which I could potential be applying for and what their work entails and what they expect from students.

Week 3

Today Daniels lecture looked at different ways to be professional and useful in the workplace. It’s important to create a first and lasting impression on the employer in the workplace and the interview stage. If we follow Daniel’s advice, we will have no problems with our placements if we show we are willing to give them a hand and work hard and listen carefully to what they say.

Daniel asked us this week to practice writing mockup emails for specific subject areas. As well as continuing to work on our research blogs and familiarizing ourselves with companies of excellence and in the local industry.

To date so far I have started to research different company’s locally in the Uk and Ireland I would be interested in. I found some great companies hopefully they have roles available for placement students. At the moment I’m still working on my CV and Cover letter.

Week 3- Portfolio Reviews

This week instead of having an lecture we had a group critique for our class. This give us an opportunity for Kyle and Paul to review our portfolio website mockups and receive honest feedback from them as well as the rest of my class. This critique session was done using Miro which allowed us to look at each others work as well as given opportunity writing our thoughts beside their work using sticky notes.  I felt today’s session very useful. It also showed the excellence standard of work from my class members and give me a clear indication what I need to do to improve my work. When it came to my portfolio site Kyle give his honest thoughts and opinions and mentioned a few resources I could use to improve my design which was very helpful. I also appreciated the class leaving comments below which was also great.

Mockup Screens

I created these 3 high resolution mockups below using Figma.

Home Page

Portfolio Page

About Me Page

Reflection 

It was good listening to what people had to say about my work and having the opportunity to look at other work. From the feedback I received from Kyle, that he was happy with my work so far but wants me to make the amendments to my site.  I will take this all on board. Personally I feel like I still have a bit of work to do, but it’s coming starting to come to together well. This week I will work on making changes to my portfolio site for next week so I’m in a good position to finally starting building my portfolio site. I think I will consider using web flow to code my website as it will help make it handier in the long run.

I will ensure my research blogs and visual designs are up to scratch as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 2- Creative Entrepreneurship

This is our second lecture with Daniel.  I felt the lecture he give was very insightful and helpful as he inform us what we needed to do when applying for Jobs. We specifically focused on looking into the Do’s and Dont’s of CV’s and Cover Letters. Some advice from past students and teachers when applying for jobs was to:

  • Try as many places as possible, even those who aren’t Advertising
  • Create CV
  • Research your chosen company and decide why you wanna work for them
  • Show you’re passionate
  • produce a great bespoke cover letter
  • compete with others
  • show employer you are eager to learn
  • make sure you use your personality
  • prepare your portfolio
  • Know were you wanna apply to

Daniel spoke about the 3 most essentials things we need when applying for jobs which are CV, Cover Letter and Portfolio.

CV

Information I need to include in my CV are firstly my contact details, A short bio, Skills, Work experience, Education, Award and Additional Info and at least 2 references.

Tips:

  • Keep my CV short and only use relevant and Vital info
  • Add a page reference- for example page 1 of 2
  • Spell check my CV
  • Add my most recent piece of info and then work backwards
  • List your qualifications
  • Avoid obnoxious competency indictors
  • use a limited colour palette
  • make sure yo space things out, its ok to have white space
  • Typography- choose one that will stand out and is easy to read
  • Keep the cv as a separate document
  • Include a link to my portfolio
  • Tailor my cv for the specific job role
  • Be honest in my CV
  • References

Daniel briefly showed us a copy of his CV he used when applying for jobs. This give us an idea what our Cv’s should look like.

Cover Letter

  • The same with the cover letter. Daniel went through all the things we needed to make sure was included in it. These are as follows:
  • Start off with an Intro explaining to them why you have applied for the specific Job role.
  • keep the cover letter short and simple
  • keep it consistent, ensure to match the style of to my CV.
  • Find out a name of the person so I can address it to them.
  • Tone of voice is important. It can be either formal or informal but Daniel would lean Towards formal
  • Get someone to proof read it over before submitting or printing it. Hemmingway editor is a good tool that can help
  • Be Enthusiastic
  • Cover letter is not just an application
  • Make sure all my info matches my linkedin profile and vice versa
  • Create an impact- print out a physical copy.

When creating cv, cover letter and portfolio site I need to think how I will stand out and get noticed by a potential employer.

This week Daniel has asked us to start writing our Cvs and cover letters. Pick a job or company from last weeks research to get you started

I will consider ways to help my stand out from the crowd and how I will delivery both my cv and cover letter.

Finally I will update my linkedin and social media platforms.

Later we went to the studio and completed a work shop which was fun and helped us learn about different jobs and potential interview techniques.

I felt todays class was very interesting and give me a better understanding what all I need included in both my CV and Cover letter. This has helped me avoid any confusion I previously had.

 

 

Week 2- Lecture Notes

Today is our 2nd lecture with Kyle in the studio. We looked at what web content is and where it can come from and how we can use it in our portfolio site. We also looked at examples of inspiration, Content Curation, user and job story, visual grammar , Language and Typography.

Where does web content come from?

Web Content can comes from

  • Clients- This is any information that can be sourced from clients such as images, texts, sounds, graphics, videos, etc.
  • Self- generated- This is information I collect myself from my work.
  • Third-Party- This can be content from blogs, Wiki, etc.
  • User- generated- This is content which can be gathered from social media platforms such as Instagram or Facebook.

We looked briefly at Inspiration from Paddy Donnelly who is a web designer, a Blogger named John Gruber, a girl called Rachel Andrew who blogs about css, smashing magazines is another inspirational site.

Content Curation

Content Curation is the simply finding information, that is relevant to your specific topic. Content curation which is basically sorting or organising of content in order to share with a specific audience. A cassette tape is a good example of this.

The 3 simple steps of content curation. Its important to do this with my own content curation.

The main benefits of content curation is:

  • improving your understanding
  • Helps identify trends
  • Enables you to network and build realtionships
  • Promote content to a specific audience
  • Idenfity the main focus points
  • keeps user informed

Good principles of a content curation is:

  • Consistent
  • User centered
  • User friendly
  • Useful
  • appropriate
  • Ensure its clear.

User and Job Story

A user story is a way of pinning down what you need to do. User stories are great for a different audiences. The best Content has a purpose as well as looking nice. We should consider acceptance criteria as it basically something that works well. Make sure to include contact details on portfolio so employers can contact you.

Kyle give us an exercise in class were we had to write our own user stories.

My first one is: I am a student currently seeking for  a Job placement in Belfast. I want to work in place that is user friendly. So I can be successful and hopefully will help me find a full time job.

The second one is: I am looking to interview a potential student. I want to able to contact them. So I can arrange an interview with them.

Visual Grammar

Kyle then went on to talk about Visual grammar which can be Icons, pictures, images, etc. Visual Grammar can combine simple elements such as Line, plane and dots to create specific sites and images. For next week he wants us to produce visual grammar for the Home, About and Case study.

Tips for visual grammar

  • Simplify
  • What can you do with constraints
  • Focus on re-using elements and Minimising visual complexity

Language and Typography 

Key points to consider for my portfolio site is:

  • Who are you?
  • What are your values?
  • What’s your mission and purpose?
  • What do you hope to achieve?
  • How will we know if you’re successful?

Write key words to reflect your personal brand value that people will understand

Typography is basically clothing for words. The use of Typography is very important on the portfolio and helps you site stand out.

Things you should consider:

  • Optimise legibility- Appropriate Choices
  • Improve Accessibly
  • Improve usably

Resources I could look at include:

  • Typewolf
  • Books
  • Fonts.com
  • GoogleFonts

A good website has a start, middle and end. A website must be able grab a users attention, portfolio site can consist of one or multiple webpages.

It’s important to start off with the critical Info, then consider the background and content and finally ensure its nice to look at.

Placement talk

Later on we had a talk about placement which i found very interesting. He talked about his background and who he all worked for and what potential employers look for. He mentioned briefly about the elements of user experience.

Near the end of class Kyle asked us to sketch 8 different drawings in 8 minutes of how we wanted our website to look. We were able to go wild and express ourselves to see what ideas we came up with.

Reflection

I enjoyed the lecture today. There was a lot of information and things to take away from the lecture. It helped give me a better knowledge of content and where it comes from and why it’s so important.

For next week kyle wants us to :

  • Sketch
  • Develop our visual graphic and produce a Mockup for our Home, About and case study page.
  • Look for inspiration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 1 Task

This week I’ve been asked to find examples of 3 local companies from Belfast, Dublin and Uk that I admire their work and may hopefully want to work for in the future. I specifically choose these companies as they interest me.

First Derivatives 

First Derivatives Or FD are local company which was founded in Newry by Brian Conlon. He helped build their success and has left them in good hands. First Derivatives have branches in both Newry, Belfast as well as other parts of uk and around the world. First Derivatives  our the leading provider of products and consulting services to some of the world’s largest finance, technology and energy institutions. They train people up and they are very good company to work for.

Little Thunder

Little Thunder are digital product design studio based in Belfast. They collaborate closely with product and engineering teams across the globe to try tackle design problems and forge opportunities. They have worked many companies worldwide no matter the size. Their list of well known clients include EA, visa, Adobe, ulster uni to name a few. The work they have produced is very interesting and a company I like to work for.

Example of their work

Kaizen Brand Evolution

Kaizen Brand Evolution are a company that specialise in Brand Identity, Graphic Design, Digital, Packaging, Websites and Animation. They have completed web designs, Animations, Campaigns and Brand identifies for local and international clients such as Oho- Food to Go, Boojum, UEFA, Ulster GAA, Puchestown as well as many others. Kaizen have offices in Belfast, Dublin, Omagh and Donegal. I have shown some examples below of their work. From viewing these examples you can see it is very appealing and seems like somewhere I see myself working in the future.

Rapid7 

Rapid7 are a software and cybersecurity company with their main headquarters based in Boston USA. They also have a office in Belfast as well as other places. They have thousands of people working them and take on placement students yearly to help them gain experience. This is someone I could consider for placement. They have over 8,900 customers globally. Their customers include Dominos, Agco, Discovery, Hilton, etc.

Reflection

The companies I researched are places I would be interested in doing placement with or working for in the future. The work they do is sounds and looks amazing and something I would like to be a part of. These companies are all so well established and respected. It would be a great honour working them. I will keep an eye out for more companies and keep my options open for now and in the future.

 

 

Creative Entrepreneurship- Week 1

This week Daniel introduced us to the module in the big lecture theatre. He briefly went through what all we would be covering in this module. He explained what we would be doing weekly. He specifically mentioned the upcoming deadlines and what all we will submit. The main aim for this module is teach us important skills needed in the workplace, how to apply for jobs and pitching/presentation. This mainly is helping getting us ready for placement and employment in the near future.

I really enjoyed class and it was great finally getting in a seeing faces.

Google Trends

I looked up specific words using Google trends to see what was popular and what was not so popular. Here is my results. These are the type of words I’ll consider using in my portfolio site.

Ux design started off so well. It’s constantly up and down. It has recently fell in popularity.

Interaction design trend is like a rollercoster.

App design has struggled to pick up in the last few months.

Web design started off high and has gradually fallen.