Printable Portfolio Available

Do you prefer to view my portfolio on paper? If so, I created a PDF version of my portfolio for viewers who want to print it out for a closer look. The reason I created this version is that sometimes when you print out an actual web page, the printout doesn’t look right due to the web format.

This PDF version includes only a few select items from my website, so if you want to see more design pieces, you can either visit my site or scan the QR code on the last page through your mobile phone. If you’re on the website, the link to the Portfolio PDF is located on the top navigation bar.

NOTE: The size is 11 x 17 on landscape format. Before you print it out, make sure to select “fit to page” from your print settings if you’re print on letter-size or legal-size paper.

The Coolest Portfolio Book Ever

The beginning of this year, I mentioned that one of my 2016 professional design goals was to upgrade my physical portfolio so that I can bring it to interviews and client meetings. After eight months since I first announced it, I finally invested in one. After some research, I decided to look into Klo Portfolios.

For my book, I designed a simple cover with just my logo, using the color fill engraving treatment with my brand colors, and my name with regular engraving on white acrylic. The binding of the book uses screwposts so that I can easily insert pages. The overall ordering process, including communication with Klo’s customer service and shipping, took less than two weeks.

Once I received my book, I was extremely impressed with the quality of the piece. Klo did a great job in turning my design and custom specifications into reality. If you’re looking into Klo Portfolios, I do have to say you would have to pay a pretty penny. To me, I find this as a great investment, especially if you want to make that good first impression with your future employer or client! To learn more about Klo Portfolios, please check out the website or like their Facebook, @kloportfolios.

A Design Spin of My 2015 Best Nine Instagram 

In celebration of the upcoming new year, Instagram asked users to share their best nine Instagram posts in 2015 while adding the hashtag, #2015BestNineInstagram. I decided to put my own little spin for this hashtag by showcasing some of the designs I did in 2015. Check it out here (#2015BestNineGraphicDesign)

2016 Goals – Upgrade The Portfolio

Hope everyone is having a great holiday so far! With 2016 coming soon, the new year comes planning new (or not-so-new) goals to accomplish. To be honest, I am still drafting my personal and professional goals for 2016 but I want to take the opportunity to mention at least this one goal.

One of my professional goals is to upgrade my portfolio. And I’m not talking about just adding a couple of new design pieces in my online portfolio. I mean actually changing the way it’s presented and ditching the basic black portfolio book entirely, but will keep it for archival purposes.

Even though it’s great to have an online portfolio for easy accessibility and shows your web design and content management skills, it’s always great to have a physical portfolio if in case there is no internet accessibility when showing designs to a potential client or employer. This goal was based on a couple of informative articles from Creative Bloq, a go-to resource for anything design.

Eight Reasons Every Digital Designer Should Have a Physical Portfolio
Create a Perfect Design Portfolio

One of the things that I liked from these articles is that instead of a bulky portfolio book, the samples were presented as brochures or magazine-style collateral, which is professional-looking, lightweight and shows the client/employer your print design and layout abilities. Plus, some print portfolios can be designed as good handout pieces to a potential client or employer.

There are also websites that specialize in custom portfolio books. Most of the books are binded with screwposts so that you’re able to add or remove page inserts. Plus, these printers create high-quality portfolio covers with your logo or design. It may be bulky to carry, but at least they don’t look like regular office binders.

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Sure, creating or upgrading a portfolio can be very costly in terms of printing, but consider it as an investment instead of an expense. If money is an issue, you can work with your local printer or look into other online printing sites to see what is more cost effective. For example, if you’re presenting a saddle-stitched (brochure-style) portfolio, you’d most likely have to reprint the entire piece every time you update with new designs. Either way, it’s always good to have a back-up plan in presenting your design work to potential clients.

Does anyone have a printed, physical portfolio? Feel free to share your ideas. Also, what are your design professional goals for 2016?

AWCNJ and NJ Creatives Network Hosts “Master Your Money, Accelerate Your Success”

Click here for more info or to register for this event.
Click here for more info or to register for this event.

The Association for Women in Communications – New Jersey Chapter (AWCNJ) and the New Jersey Creatives Network will be hosting an informative session on money management on Thursday, November 19, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Unique Photo, 123 US Highway 46 West in Fairfield, NJ. Money and business expert Robyn Crane will speak about the importance of developing a better relationship with your money to achieve greater balance, have more time for yourself and gain peace of mind.

The presenter, Robyn Crane, is a Certified Financial Planner™. She is the host of the TV show, The Financial GSpot, the radio show, Let’s Talk Money, and #1 International Best Selling Author of Mind Over Money Management. Her blueprint for financial and business success has been featured on Fox Business News, The Motley Fool and SavingsAccount.com.

The cost is $5 if you’re member of either organization and $10 for non-members. This is a great opportunity to build your professional network, learn more about the organizations hosting this event, as well as learn how to manage your money more effectively — especially if you’re saving money to build a business or for personal reasons.

Click here for more information or to register for the event.

Portfolio Update: Promo Banners for Leadership Workshop

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Just added some design pieces in the portfolio. I designed three custom social media banners promoting a networking event/leadership workshop in Madison, NJ, co-hosted by The Association for Women in Communications – New Jersey and Women in Computing – Northern NJ. Please click the graphic above to learn more about it.

If you’re in northern NJ, you’re welcome to attend this exciting and informative event, which includes an opportunity to network with colleagues and friends over a light buffet dinner. Afterwards, Kathleen Cashman of Cashman Consulting, LLC is presenting a workshop, Your Best You – Tapping the Leader Within, to help you identify your leadership skills and formulate a personal action plan to develop and utilize them right away.

For more information about the event and to register, click here to go to AWCNJ’s site.

yvenia Gets a New Look

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Happy New Year! Now that the new year is here, it’s time for this website to get a new look! I’ve been wanting to update the site design for over a year.

Using the latest WordPress theme, Sketch, I wanted the site to be more visually intensive and focus more on my projects, even though I’m still continuing to blog updates on my design business and other related graphic/web design posts. Plus, this theme has a “Portfolio” feature where I can add my design projects easily in a grid-like format.

I’m still updating my projects, but the site design is complete. I do have to say I’m still learning about this WordPress theme, so if anyone currently uses Sketch, tell me what you think about it.

Portfolio Update – Digital Assets

It’s been a very busy few weeks for me, but I wanted to give you a portfolio update. I’ve added the following new pieces to the Web Design and Assets portfolio page.

To see more designs, please visit my portfolio.

Social Media Cover Banner Quick Guide

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Whether you are a business that wants to change the look of your brand’s social media outlets, or you want to show your personal and artistic style, here is quick design guide in creating your social media covers, including size dimensions for four of the most popular networks – Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and LinkedIn (Premium only).


Quick Tips in Designing Cover Photos for Social Media Platforms

  • Keep a consistent look and feel for your brand throughout all of your social media networks.
  • Keep your networks fresh w/ new imagery. If you’re a designer, photographer, or artist, you can add a banner on the cover photo section as a way to showcase your work if you’re showing a single image or multiple images in a grid-like format.
  • Create your cover photos to reflect your style, personality or brand. Remember, cover photos should provide a visual background for your networks and are not meant to be used to advertise or sell anything.
  • High resolution images are strongly recommended. Anything smaller would look pixelated, fuzzy or have low quality. When you download images, it’s best to download from your computer instead of your phone or tablet. I noticed personally that if downloading a banner from the phone, the banner looks grainy if viewing from a computer.
  • If you’re promoting a business, try adding a logo as your profile picture.

Social Media Banner Sizes
Facebook (Source: Facebook Cover Size Helper)

  • Profile photo – Page profile pictures are square and display at 160×160 pixels on your Page. The photo you upload must be at least 180×180 pixels.
  • Timeline Cover Photo – Facebook cover size is 851 x 315 pixels.

Twitter (Source: Mediabistro-All Twitter)

  • Header – On-screen size is 1500 pixels wide x 500 pixels high, but Twitter recommends uploading an image up to upload 3000 pixels wide × 1000 wide photo while under 5MB.
  • Profile photo – Maximum upload size is 400 x 400 pixels (up to 2MB). Once uploaded, the photo decreases to 200 x 200 pixels on screen.

Google Plus (Source: Google Plus For You)

  • Profile Photo – 250 x 250 pixels
  • Cover Photo – 480 x 270 pixels

LinkedIn Premium (Source: Social Media Examiner)

  • Cover Photo – 1400 x 425 pixels

Still trying to understand the social media lingo? Here’s a glossary of terms for reference created by MediaMiser.

If you need help in creating social media banners, I’m happy to help you out. Please contact me to learn more.