Hello members of core77 boards,
I am currently thinking of putting together my portfolio. I have decided to use to identify myself as “experiMental” in my portfolio, because it represents what I do and how I approach my designs. It’s a bit like Banksy calling himself Banksy, etc. this is the rough image of my identity - the font has a long way to go, but this is just an idea. I’ve attached the image below.
I want to put this name as a cover in my portfolio, and it will say "ExperiMental - portfolio of Yuri ***** " (Yuri is my real name ) I just don’t want to use my real name, because it evokes stereotypes of either an Eastern European or something Soviet.
The companies that I am targetting are: established design consultancies, that specialise in combining scientific knowledge with creative ideas; large multinational companies, such as Hewlett Packard and research institutes.
The kind of work I am looking for is: in-house designer, creative design engineer, designer in a consultancy and industrial designer. What I want to design are renewable technologies, new products (New Product Development) and innovative user interfaces. What I want to do with my identity is show that I can bring a sense of humour and experimentation at the same time into design process.
Do you think the identity that is shown below is suitable for the type of work that I am looking for, or should I use my real name?
Thank you for your feedback!
Form your identity with your work, not your logo. You are not being hired to be a logo designer.
That’s a nice start. How about 20 more ideas.
As it stands, taking yourself to the power of mental can cut both ways, good and bad.
No, don’t do it.
- Your name is your name. A pseudonym is pretentious at best and ridiculous at worst.
- Experimental is not a name. being mental isn’t good.
- Logo, honestly is not a logo, it looks like some bad type, arranged in MS Word.
- If you are good at graphics, use them to your advantage in the layout and presentation of your work. It doesn’t look like graphics are your strong area, making a logo like this only highlight it.
Just from that logo/name alone I wouldn’t look at your portfolio.
Don’t mean to be harsh, just don’t want you to shoot yourself in the head with the portfolio.
I am always confused when I get applications from designers who do this. It makes you seem like a pseudo design firm, when I’m trying to hire an individual.
You want potential employers to remember your name. What will be on your card, your paycheck? Go by that.
It is fine for a chat forum but not for a job application.
+1 to both Yo and rkuchinsky
Don’t do it.
To take this one step further - I would even suggest that student designers/new graduates be very wary when naming and creating logos for their projects. I’ve seen countless examples of good design process ruined by pretending the concept exists commercially and plastering with a poorly executed logo and silly name.
Thanks a lot for your guidance. I’ll go with yo’s suggestion. I guess that this thread has reached its ultimate conclusion!
Cool design handle man, but the guys hit it, just be yourself. If an alter-ego such as experiMental is important to you then find ways to weave that into your true identity.
For someone being experiMental the concept of “true identity” might be difficult to grasp.
Heck, I have my difficulties with this phrase myself. If you come to think of it. What is your
“true identity” ?
(who never posts on the web under the name his parents gave him. Despite of that I always
try to be as honest, candid and serious as one would expect me to be IRL…)
I think it should be a like branding… boil up the most genuine big-idea/tagline for yourself that’s relevant for who you want to sell yourself to, then try to capture the essence of it in an logo
and like branding, it’s easier said than done
^ What everyone else said.
Additionally, when I first graduated, I too, felt like I should highlight my creative experimental side to potential employers. And I learned that isn’t very effective. There are tens of thousands of other recent grads who are equally creative, if not more so. Anyone can do blue-sky and think up cool ideas, then never resolve them.
Though employers do want to know you can be creative and come up with innovative solutions for complex problems, they really want to hear the words “execution, resolution, production, results, sales, etc”.
At an interview just of out college, the Design Manager asked me “What do we do here in this department? What would be your job here?”
I responded, “To design great products.”
He said, “No! Our goal is to sell products via great designs.”
Ultimately, you bring the company you’re working for success in numbers via great design for their brand. Never forget that.
You could set yourself up as a DJ.
So, I take it you’re a Neil Armstrong fan?
Fortunately, I’m still alive. Looking back at this thread, I have to admit that I was a little bit desperate back then. I’m now in an entirely different area - one which involves a bit of user experience and hardware/software integration.
So in conclusion, can you please close this thread? Thanks!
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