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brettcarel 02-15-2012 07:01 AM

Portfolio Critique Wanted
 
Hey everyone! I am just getting ready to send out my resume to a bunch of different game companies. But before I do, I would like your input on if there are ways I can improve it! Let me know what you think!

I am looking to transition from my field in packaging and marketing to a Graphic Designer in the game industry. My website is brettcarel.com

Thanks!
Brett Carel
Sr Graphic Designer

yaustar 02-15-2012 11:01 AM

Re: Portfolio Critique Wanted
 
From a quick glance, where are the UI design examples of your work?

brettcarel 02-15-2012 11:13 AM

Re: Portfolio Critique Wanted
 
I'm sorry, I meant to type just Graphic Designer and not UI. I am looking into adding them to my portfolio and had been heavily researching on current trends this morning when I made the post. My current portfolio is primarily in packaging and marketing.

yaustar 02-15-2012 12:48 PM

Re: Portfolio Critique Wanted
 
Which side of the games industry are you aiming for? THe publishing or development side?

brettcarel 02-15-2012 01:27 PM

Re: Portfolio Critique Wanted
 
Right now I want to break in. My skills are more applicable to the publishing side than the development right now. I have UI experience, I just need to reflect it in my portfolio.

tsloper 02-15-2012 01:53 PM

Re: Portfolio Critique Wanted
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by brettcarel (Post 27930)
1. I am just getting ready to send out my resume to a bunch of different game companies.
2. I am looking to transition from my field in packaging and marketing to a Graphic Designer in the game industry.
3. My current portfolio is primarily in packaging and marketing.
4. I have UI experience, I just need to reflect it in my portfolio.
5. My skills are more applicable to the publishing side than the development right now.

1. Long-distance?? From what I can tell, you live in Oklahoma. If you aren't looking for freelance package design work, you're going about this the wrong way.
2. The game industry doesn't use graphic designers all that much -- mostly packaging, manuals, websites, ads, stuff like that. See #5.
3. Then the only thing you'll be hired for (if anything) is packaging and marketing.
4. Yes. You need to tailor your portfolio for the thing you want to do.
5. Most definitely. So what you need to do, then, is move to a publishing hub, OR make a development portfolio, then move to a development hub.

Some articles you should read:
http://sloperama.com/advice/lesson41.htm
http://sloperama.com/advice/lesson24.htm
http://sloperama.com/advice/lesson27.htm
http://gamedevmap.com/
http://gameindustrymap.com/
http://www.igda.org/games-game-july-2010

brettcarel 02-15-2012 02:07 PM

Re: Portfolio Critique Wanted
 
Yes I do live in Oklahoma. The places I am looking at are in Texas and Colorado though. I'll move to the coasts but if I have places in my region then I would like to try them first. I want to relocate though.

tsloper 02-15-2012 02:40 PM

Re: Portfolio Critique Wanted
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by brettcarel (Post 27937)
The places I am looking at are in Texas and Colorado

And which game publishers are in those two states?

brettcarel 02-15-2012 02:46 PM

Re: Portfolio Critique Wanted
 
Critical Mass Interactive and Midway are the only I can think of right now. Midway obviously isn't an option. Looks like I'm heading west :)

tsloper 02-15-2012 06:46 PM

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I recommend you go to GDC next month. www.gdconf.com


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