The SharpFutures team and myself love this creative approach of presenting a CV. A Curriculum Vitae is traditionally a piece of paper with the mind numbing name, date, age, experience etc. If you are applying for a position in the creative digital sector then there is a high chance the Managing Director or whoever is handed your CV will have a creative flare themselves, therefore it wont hurt for you show your creativity from step one. We recently came across a blog post mentioning a great example of someone using creativity to give themselves the unique selling point and competitive edge.
Leah (the woman who created the creative CV), was given the brief to ‘create a piece of persuasive advertising with you as the product’. She then did exactly this in such a creative way it has taken the attention of people across the world, not only the business applied for. Since this creative CV she has had numerous interviews and job offers as a result of adding an interesting twist to the traditional Curriculum Vitae. If you want to see the full blog post you can view it here.
Also, take a look at some more of Erin Gloria Ryan’s blogs here.
With every company now setting up a business presence online whether it be Twitter, Facebook or Google+ it is important that they are consistent with their brands across their chosen platforms. This is so your audience can be sure its you and that it seems as if it is an extension of your existing forms of communication.
Setting up social media accounts for business is fairly straight forward, the most popular problem people encounter is that Social Media channels are all different and all require different sized graphics. This can cause a lot time being wasted searching for the correct specification that an image needs to fit as some will ask for different pixel size, some different resolution, some different format all together. You then have to go through the stress of finding relevant images for your profile pictures, avatars, backgrounds, cover photos (the list is endless)…
Through these issues myself and our Graphic Designer – Dan Walsh have created an infographic to help anyone else struggling to find the correct size graphic for the most popular social media platforms. We hope the infographic is of use as it has become a vital tool to our own social media branding tasks.
I have spent several days working with one of The Sharp Project‘s tenants Mighty Giant, who specialise in design & motion. They came up with a very creative and original way of marketing themselves this Christmas; by creating 120 home-made crackers and sending three in a box to 40 of their clients who they’d like to work with again.
I was drafted in to help with the production of these crackers, which I think were very well thought through; each cracker is one piece of card cut and scored as a net featuring their logo in the central panel. They are of a much higher standard in design and contents than your average christmas cracker; featuring gourmet tea, personalised pixel rulers and festive thorntons chocolate! They will definitely catch the attention of potential clients due to their originality and creativity and the fact that they are entirely home-made. I think to stand out from the crowd these are very important factors to consider when marketing your company, which was a useful lesson to learn.
Please see this link for Mighty Giant’s showreel to give you an idea of the work they do!
The following project was the brainchild of Neilson Reeves; to create a ghost of Christmas – showcasing the some of skills and facilities on offer at The Sharp Project and create a Christmas-themed image.
Below are some images of the process and the making of film, along with the finished product. Please click here for the full article from Neilson Reeves.
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How it’s made:
Here is the finished image:
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Neilson Reeves [Photography]
Joanna Pomfret [Filming & editing]
Hogan Burrows, MoCapOne [Model]
Rebecca Tupman [Make-up]
Tom Rothwell, SharpFutures [Runner]
The Sharp Project [Venue & Location]
LeanConf 2013 was a 2-day Lean Start-up, Lean UX and Product conference for entrepreneurs, designers and innovators, attended by over 150 people from across the UK, Europe and the United States.
It took place at The Sharp Project across October 26th – 27th and the SharpFutures Talent Pool helped in running the event. The SharpFutures team and volunteers were onsite for the event to support the LeanConf staff with managing the event ensuring they had everything they needed in place, as well as posting on the #LeanConf hashtag.