Naomi Maria

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Graphic Design
Indianapolis, Indiana
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I'm a designer! I work as an in-house designer and my day-to-day is spent on retail product design and packaging design, but sometimes I do some product photography and styling, and occasionally do some digital design work for social media or websites. The majority of what I design is physical products you buy in stores or online and the packaging it comes in. Some of my day is spent working with the marketing team to consider consumer trends, what aesthetics are in style now and predicting what will be popular next, determining consumer demographics, what kind of story we are telling in helping a consumer imagine how the product will exist in their life. I take the parameters from marketing and do my own research to figure out the best qualities, design features, color palettes, textures, and other details that will make our products shine. This involves plenty of sketching, pulling color and material swatches, creating many moodboards of aesthetics, competing products, and inspiration. Then I actually get down to business drawing schematics, creating product design files, fabricating mockups, making revisions, until it's ready for the next phase. Then I have to communicate with our existing manufacturers or find new ones to pick material samples and design our physical prototypes from illustrations and mockups to get to the final product. We will get product samples and ideally the product is perfect and we can move on to packaging and product photography, but sometimes we need to make revisions to manufacturing methods, materials, or colors.


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Posted on Oct 09 '15 at 13:01

Designer (UI/UX/Graphic/Industrial)

Context: I want to design stuff. I've already started my own little clothing company Freshmen year, now I am a senior. I am applying for college. I worked at a screenprinting place where I would turn client's ideas into designs to print onto their shirts. Then I am currently interning at a start-up company and I am redesigning their website and phone app. That includes reconfiguring the layout and making all the buttons and what not. And I plan to go to a college, hopefully a UC. Where I go into some type of good design course for this while I intern somewhere. Then hopefully get a design job. And continue to move on up and hopefully get into a big company where I can use my skills to my full advantage.
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Hello Abigael!The good news is there are a lot of legitimate full-time jobs that utilize a BFA or BA; however, there will be a lot of work on your end to make that happen. In creative fields there is an inherent risk that you will have a part-time job doing what you love and another part- or...

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Hello Anna!First of all: congrats on getting accepted into SAIC! That's awesome! But you don't have to break the bank going to art school. I'm not sure if you applied to more schools that SAIC, but you might want to consider going to some of the other schools if they have a better cost of...

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Hello Anthony! Annual salaries will vary depending on where in the country you are and what type of company you work at. Entry level job titles can range from "graphic designer" to "production artist" or some combination of those four words. Many companies outside of marketing, tech, and...

Active Aug 18 '17 at 19:58
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Hello Ramesh! I don't know if it is worth spending money on one of the online programs for drawing while you are still in high school since there are many resources that you can learn from for free online. There are many good videos on YouTube on various drawing lessons. Tumblr is also a...

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You can do both, but be choosy in what you do and be wary of how the time you are committing to each endeavor adds up. While I was in school I was in two clubs related to my program, but I also worked in the student newspaper, and did a lot of volunteering and internships in the summer or...

Active Aug 12 '17 at 00:16
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Hello Melissa, One thing that would help your resume stand out amongst the rest when looking for a job at a non-profit is a history of volunteer work on your resume. If you don't have any now, that's okay! You can find organizations in your area that you feel strongly about to donate your...

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Oh goodness no, my program did nothing to help me with a career either, but they put a lot of effort in telling us what to do to improve our likelihood in getting accepted into a masters degree program. All the career knowledge I got in university was through my own volunteer work, finding...

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Hello Jill! You will need maths in architecture. Like it was mentioned before the drawings are done on the computer, but you will still need to rely on your maths knowledge in many parts the architecture program, namely for structural physics courses where you will learn how to do the...

Active Aug 11 '17 at 23:04
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Hello Sammi! Besides architecture or interior design programs, you can start looking for universities or colleges with a fine arts school that has a concentration or degree in furniture design. If furniture design is your primary goal, that might be the most logical way to go since you get...

Active Aug 11 '17 at 22:02
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Beside the advice already mentioned, I would recommend joining on of the professional organizations related to your degree. You may also want to network with design students at SJSU because these people may one day be your coworkers! They also may be a sideways networking opportunity at...

#networking #college #internships #experience

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There isn't a minimum level of fitness required, but you're going to want to spend some time moving your body since being a developer will involve a lot of time in front of the computer, usually sitting or sometimes standing if you have a standing work station. You will want to do some sort of...

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It depends on what type of animation you are trying to do, what the specs of your computer are, and what your budget is. Do you know what types of animation you want to make? Are you interested in doing stop motion, drawing individual frames, digital animation, or 3D...

Active Nov 19 '15 at 14:37
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You could post the videos to both Vimeo and YouTube, but I would consider trying to get a username that is the same for both if possible. Vimeo is much more arts oriented video site, but YouTube obviously has more viewing. I recommend doing both because you have the opportunity to get both...

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Your GPA is relevant for getting into any college and university, but another incredibly important thing for applying to art schools is your portfolio. I don't know what grade level you are at in school right now, but regardless of your age, draw, paint, take photos, make sculptures, sew,...

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