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I’ll be updating my portfolio and blog.

Sometimes, you just need to do it.

But that’s legitimately all I have for right now. I just wanted to get the fact that it was coming onto everyone’s radar. GET READY! ūüėÄ

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This is another print piece I did for Man in the Mirror’s quarterly magazine to promote their Journey to Biblical Manhood materials.

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Here was a print piece I designed for Man in the Mirror. One of the challenges to this design was including all of the text without making it seem like an essay. The top header image was designed using the covers of some of their DVD Courseware, and the arrows graphic at the bottom was created later, based on this design then added to this second edition. 

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DubDubDeploy is a company specializing in a new way to deploy a website in on touch. My idea for the marketing stemmed from the thought of a sort of shuttle bay door located on a space shuttle. The metallic door and buttons are reminiscent of that original idea.

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Code Project rolled out a bunch of articles to help Windows launch an initiative for developers to begin work on Windows 8 apps. I based my designs off of the live-tile environment in Windows 8. Clean, simple and colorful.

 

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This was a print piece designed for Pioneers for an internship program in New York City. I came up with the tagline for this, and decided on an iconic NYC image to help push the whole message without being too overstated.

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Intel Software ran an game app development contests and I helped design ads. They supplied a few different versions of their Android mascot and wanted a fun feel for the advertising. I played on the look of a couple of the mascot designs to get the two different versions of these ads.

 

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Just Breathe is a book cover design I was approached to create. The book’s about one man’s struggle and overcoming of a rough divorce. He wanted to have a cover that showed a broken heart and a victorious pose. He is a cyclist. The book is due out soon.

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Recently on Tumblr, I had an anonymous person ask me the following question:

Can you help me market myself so I can find a better job?

At first, I felt like maybe it was silly to help an anonymous user “market” themselves when he/she didn’t even want to give his/her name. But the more I thought about it, I realized that there are some basic steps to marketing yourself that even the most¬†anonymous¬†person can start doing.

  1. Stop posting anonymously. This may seem like a silly step, but if your job has anything to do with the web (say being an author, illustrator, marketer, what-have-you) then you’re going to want to start branding even the comments that you leave on blog posts with your name. Every piece of “expert” opinion you leave around the web needs to have your name (and preferably a link back to your site). Frankly, if you’re not comfortable leaving your name on a comment or post, then perhaps it’s not worth saying in the first place.
  2. Curate your resume. For many out there, a resume is simply a list of the jobs they’ve held. Basic job functions are listed for each job, and this is sent out to employers. But your resume is your chance to highlight the things that you’ve done in the past that you’ve enjoyed so that you can get more jobs like that in the future. I’m not saying to lie. Please don’t hear that. But, for me, I worked at Home Depot for a while. It wasn’t the most glamorous job, and I don’t really ¬†have much interest in working on flooring installations for a career. So what I did was highlight the aspects of the job that I liked. ¬†I enjoyed working with customers and problem solving to help get them exactly what they needed. That’s a transferable quality for a job like graphic design and marketing, so that’s what I wrote down. You want each job listed to show how no matter what job you’ve had, it’s all been preparing you for the job you’re applying for. (This also refers to LinkedIn, Facebook and anywhere else you’re listing jobs.)
  3. ¬†Become a source of information. No matter what your ideal job, it is likely that you have ideas on how to do it, especially if you have a lot of experience. Don’t be cocky about anything, but there are good forums for being a source of trusted information. Share your wisdom. For some, this may mean a blog, for others, it may be speaking at seminars and events. Go to places that require your skills and volunteer. If you’re a plumber looking for work, hang out in the plumbing section of Home Depot and wait for a confused look. If you’re an author, share your experiences with editors and publishers on a blog. Network with people who do what you want to do. Then your name will be associated with a wealth of information about the job you want.

There are plenty of other things to do to market yourself, but this is a great foundation to start with. Doing these three things will help to get your name out there, and will make any future marketing of yourself hold some proverbial water.

Do you have any steps you feel are foundational? Have any questions about these? Let me know in the comments!

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What I Remember About Dinosaurs¬†is a children’s book I wrote to help share my love for dinosaurs with my daughter, and her generation of kids. I decided to take a fun, nostalgic look back at what I could actually remember.

I did all of the artwork digitally, from beginning to end. For more about the book, click here.