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Jen Walter
Artist | Professional | Design & Interfaces
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Been in the industry for a decade. Constantly learning and adding to my skills. I'm an innovation designer, who embraces art of every media.

I work my day job doing product and systems design, and on the side, I do photography and run a small business.
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Orphydian Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I would like to join your group pls
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picedwrites Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Hi Jen! I recently joined your Creative Fusion Pro group as a moderator, and I also just recently joined deviantArt after a friend suggested it. I'm a graduate student at KSU studying for an MA in English (Composition) + I am working on a graduate minor in technical writing and graphic design. Right now, I do a little freelance work locally and through my (work-in-progress) studio website. [link] But, as you probably know, the freelance industry is a tough one to get into, especially if you are looking to make a career out of it!

Sorry for long question, I'll get to the point now! :) My question is two-fold:

1.) If you have time, would you check out the work on my profile and offer any tips, pointers, or advice for areas to check out and improve upon? Your designs are so good and professional, I think it would be great to get your assessment and advice!

2.) I read your profile and see that you are a real pro. On my profile, I have a web version of my resume. I really really want to find a career position, as you know my fears about freelance work. The job-market is horrible though, and I have just been out of luck finding regular employment (other than as a cashier!). Right now, freelance work plus graduate teaching is sustaining me, but it's no career and I'll be finished in less than a year! To tell the truth, I'm kind of freaked out about it! I don't want to be a student forever, that's for sure, but I am really concerned that I'm gonna be a long-term supermarket cashier (not that I look down on it, it's just I really am hoping for something I'll enjoy) with a masters degree and no real design career experience. Any professional and/or career advice? Thanks so much for accepting me into your group! I really appreciate it! :)

DerekN
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JWDesignCenter Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Hi Derek,
Nice to meet you. :) And welcome to the group!

Yes the freelance industry can really be a challenge. I ran my own my firm that I started by "freelancing" before that term was popular. :) Did it for 5 years. Made some good money - but worked myself to the BONE.

Ok so to your questions...

1. I'll look at your site and draft up my thoughts in a bit.

2. Ok, so it sound like you're currently a student, and also working as a cashier for a supermarket. You want to land a job in the market, but it's tough competition out there. Got it. :)
So here's some thoughts/questions to get you thinking of ways out of the cashier work :)
A. Have you considered doing any internship work? I hire 3-4 interns every summer, and my team at Microsoft does the same. The pay is more than you'd make as a cashier - but less than you'd make as a full time employee. But it's a very good way to gain real world experience, and get your foot in the door. 7/10 times - our interns become full time or contract staff after they finish. Definitely something i'd look into while you're still in school.

B. On the freelance side of things. How and where are you marketing yourself? Is it just locally? The beauty of freelance work is that you don't have to restrict yourself to only working locally. Are you looking on any job boards? Are you building up a network? Freelance is typically something I won't recommend students do (yet) because it's a lot more work than is implied. Schools don't teach students how to properly market themselves, and typically students don't have enough experience under their belt to use a contract for any of the work they do - and typically get "screwed" over by the ugly clients that for some reason always seem to be rampant when you're just starting out.

3. If you really want to get into this field -you're best bet is to network. Make a LOT of friends. My mantra when i first started out - there is no such thing as competition. Make friends with EVERY designer you possibly can. It's a VERY small world when it comes to this industry. I've hired designers and worked them for a few years, to have them move on and end up working with them all over again. Everyone I've worked with knows just about everyone (at least in Seattle). So keep that in mind as you grow. Find a mentor (I'm happy to help when I can) who can also help you as you muddle through the business side of things.

Ok, i've got to go run a team meeting but when i get back - i'll take a closer look at your portfolio and draft up some thoughts for you on that as well. In the mean time -you can reach me at jwdesigncenter@gmail.com or on skype at jw.design.center if you like.

Talk soon!

Jen
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AskBerri Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional
Hello there!

i just wanted to ask How is my art and how may i make it look better and i would LOVE a reply thanks! :)
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JWDesignCenter Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Best way to make art better is to continue to practice. Start with basics. Composition, balance, anatomy, color theory... learn and master those basics first. that will give a definite edge. Are you doing your art digitally or the old fashioned way?
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AskBerri Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional
mmmmm...Well i use MRSPAINT is that old fashon? i also use GIMP
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JWDesignCenter Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Gimp is better than paint, to be sure. But in the end, it doesn't matter what tools you use, it's about getting the practice and the basics down first. Whether you're using pencil and paper, paint, a tablet, photoshop, illustrator, or a whiteboard.
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misswings89 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012   Digital Artist
ok.thank you.i just didn't know how to make my own art.expect for drawing or go on paint.cause this is what i learned in school.so can you please blame the school and not me.cause this is what i was taught.
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JWDesignCenter Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I'm not blaming anyone. DA has rules in order for you to have an account. One of those rules is that you don't post art that doesn't belong to you. The reason for this is that when you post something DA assigns you as the owner of a copyright. If it's not your art - then they've illegally handed you rights to an ownership that really isn't yours. Your school didn't teach you to go and find other artwork and post it on DA.
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fahd4007 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
what is your real name...?





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