After a Stressful few months, I have finally finished my Dissertation! Finished, complete and ready to start the Grad Project at University 🙂
Summer 2016 has just flown by us and once again the Autumn Term has started, But this time for the Last time as I now attend my 3rd and final year of University.
For the summer I had planned to do extra work and improve my coding skills ready for my final year project. At the same time of this, I then found myself wanting to do something more with my life than being locked up in my room each day! I then suddenly booked myself an Interrail Ticket to let me travel on any train inside of Europe. On the 27th of July, I managed to convince 2 of my friends to have an adventure of a lifetime and just hope on a bus to France and then travel all over Europe for 4 weeks. The trip was briefly planned with places we wanted to visit but wanted the freedom to just up and go anywhere we pleased! I planned most of our trip as the days went by. I was often be looking out for Wifi at to book hostels in the next country and looking what trains could get us there and how what how long it would take.
I ended up going to 15 Cities in 11 different countries within Europe within our 4 weeks and not including England! This was an amazing adventure and I’m so happy to have shared this experience with my Friend. Although this wasn’t all fun and games and coursed a lot of stress without it being too planned and overall freedom is good but I feel I should have planned sleeping arrangements ahead of time. Issues such as being up at 2am looking for cheap hostels on free, slow internet was never too fun, Also when I went to book one in Copenhagen, There were none under £200 pp, pn… So I had to think of alternative options the night before which was getting a sleeper train into Sweeden and carrying onto Denmark and then that night getting a train out to then stay over in Hamburg. Even though this was stressful to do by myself I still loved the experience and knowing that I am able to get around different countries by myself.
I managed to see so much on my travels from Iconic landmarks to fantastic scenery and even the traveling on a whole range of trains was so exciting and I hope to do this again very soon and maybe extend my travel to America or evan Asia!
Seeing as I am having interviews for a 4-week placement over next year I thought I would have a nice page from my web page displaying all of my best work from over the years. This is linked right at the top of my website in case visitors to my page don’t have the time to scroll to the bottom and see my WordPress Link to see all my behind the scenes work they can just see the best. This page scrolls in time order from recent to oldest so my most improved work is right at the time looking the best! I also didn’t want much writing on the page but feel my work may need more information or those who may be interested so I added a little ‘i’ button for more information and also when hovered over the date in which the work was made appears beneath the image. I hope this is of use to companies interviewing me and also is a quick view on my work and also can be used as a portfolio in said interview and I am able to walk them through my work as well. It’s also convenient as I just need a computer and type in my web address as it is all stored online so no need to remember a flash drive or laptop.
Here is a quick link to view my portfolio at your own leisure… http://christinasabine.com/portfolio.html
Above is an image taken in LoveLove with a few of their members along with BlueFish Productions, My wonderful group in creating an application for LOVE LOVE FILMS!
To end the year we had a final project show and invited our clients and friends to see our work we have spent our time doing. This was a pleasant farewell to my group and also my fellow classmates. We started the evening by setting up some laptops and iPads to show off our application along with some promotional posters and videos. When we had set up our guests soon arrived and looked through the application we have made and also an opportunity to see what applications and websites my fellow classmates have made at the same time. This was a nice little get-together and a nice way to end the year.
Over the last 2 years, I have come so far and never thought I would be as far as I am now! I came to Bournemouth University having no idea how to code a web page let-alone design one and also make applications. I am proud of how far I have come and have made some amazing friends/coworkers in the progress. Below is a photograph of Bournemouth University’s Digital Media Design 2nd Years May 2016 My amazing class of wonderful goofballs 🙂
So do you remember not so long ago I was making a personal Webpage too show who I am to employers and what I can do? Well, I basically scrapped the idea… Lots of times! I finally Finished a design and now have it online @ christinasabine.com
Just above you can see the final homepage of my website. This is a parallax website so you are able to view the site by scrolling downwards. So on the homepage, I set a nice photo of mine at first and typed my name on top with a shadow to stand out. I went through a few different photos and finally ended with this one and the horizon with the sea nicely lines up with my name and it looks cute and also has me included in the image so it makes the page look more personal.
As you scroll down you come across a number of pages such as Welcome, About me and What I do. This is to give the user all the information they may need to know about myself and also gives the user an idea of who I am, More so than what a CV could ever do. This website is covered in photos I have taken from my recent trip to Japan and other countries I have been to over the years. Also, I have added in some cute photos of myself alongside the text boxes describing me.
Right at the end I added ‘The End’ page with cute feet to leave you with. But I came to hate the idea as the web page isn’t a book and it don’t have to have an ending but more importantly I wanted potential employers to end on seeing my contact details after seeing what an amazing person I am. Using the same image didn’t fit so I used one with Beach huts as it symbolizes homes and contacts are homely. I only had written information on the page but soon changed this by adding in links to take me to my blog, Github, and Linkedin. After getting these to work I then got them to lick to a CV of mine in case they need it. However, I ended up going further and making a download button for my CVs so employers we have it loaded on their desktops straight away.
I then took out the useless View CV buttons and added Download CVs. I then made the page go live for the world to see and look pretty. After getting it online being so happy I told my mates and they ended up finding spelling mistakes and links not working as well as photos. I then fixed the little bugs and boom it’s all amazing again. However, I do hope to improve the page as time goes on and It will always be better then the old one before that.
Finally getting my page online has made me happy and im glad i have achived this
After some thought, I scrapped my other website Idea for something that will look a lot nicer than the previous web page. I then scrapped the whole idea and started again. I stuck to the parallax idea but this time, it scrolls downwards.
Here is my homepage. I have a nice photo of me overlooking the sea into the distance at Bournemouth Beach. This makes a good welcome page as I like the way my name floats over the horizon. Also, I am included in the photo so you the page have more of a personal touch. However, this means its the only photo I have used on my site that isn’t my own photo.
As you scroll down the page you will come across lots information about myself and who I am and what I like doing along with images I have taken myself from around the world from places I have traveled too.
Then finally you have the last page. This page don’t have a lot going for it and I’m unsure if I will keep it but I like the fact that it ends with a nice image of shoes as I sat on the beach. But after I do some more work on the page and add more information into it then I’ll see if there is any point in keeping this page. I could add the contact page here instead but I will see what works best by Trail and Error.
With placements coming up I thought I should really up my game and start doing some extra work in my spear time. Currently we have started a new project where we need to work in agencies and create a product from a live brief. This is all going well and we have had a few meetings however currently we feel we need more information on the live briefs before we can even start doing anything. So while the work load isnt big I have set the task of building my own web portfolio. I feel when I apply for placements it will be better to show them a fully functioning website I have made rather than some images of pages that dont really show anything impressive.
I opened up photoshop and started planning out my idea… I thought why not make my desk that I work on so it is more personal to myself. Here I have my mac with keyboard and mouse along with my phone and notebook then a sandwich, pop and also a earphones. These where just the random things I had on my desk at the time however I added some papers under the notebook and a coffee cup to make it look a bit more used and I still plan to add more things into this image to make it feel more like me and also reasons to have more going on in my website. I then needed something to display all my information on that I want people to see, I then want to make my webpage interactive and fun to use to show of my skills. I want the users to be able to click on different things and then it zooms in on that item and displays different information depending what they clicked on.
When the Mac is clicked im planning for all my work to come onto the screen and the the user can scroll though them and see what I am good at and enjoy my projects. Next is my notebook, this I havent 100% worked out yet but maybe working Ideas… Maybe projects that havent been made yet and are still in the making but i feel this is showing my faults that shouldnt be displayed but then again im only normal and maybe it would be good to see my work process. Then you have my Phone. A phone is personal so what better thing to have than about me! this will give information about me with different apps relating to my life so the user can get to know me as a person better. Then lastly I thought I could have some silly things like clicking on coffee and have a graph of the amount of coffee I drink and maybe earphones on how much music I have listened to when working and so on just to add some nice personal touches. Finally I thought I could add some sticky notes… Although I often use digital sticky notes I still love the idea and thought I could stick them on the desk and also have one for a contact me page so that its more clear than having contact me in the about me part within the phone.
I clearly have lots to work on but im so happy with the work I have started with. I know lots has to improve and it will probably all change by next week but I have started and it all counts to the development of my website and cant wait to see the finished thing. So now im off to start the coding to hopefully have this live online by next week.
Last week I had a lesson on how to make my CV the worst it could be, Well since then I have worked on the best It could possibly be! by the end of that session I came back thinking that a CV don’t have to be boring words on a page with boring information on how qualified to stack shelfs in a shop or serve drinks in a bar. I wanted to show the Employers for my placement that im not a boring person, That I can be creative and also that I love design so much I designed my own infographic CV. I feel that this will give my CV a different edge as well as being fun and interesting. Also the fact that employers get 100s of CVs in for a job, So I want mine to be remembered and stand out from the rest that way they cant not think about me when it comes to the job and I have less change of being over looked.
So for my CV I started in big bold letters! My name…. and what it is. Hard to miss you know what it is and who it is for, Simple. Next I welcome myself with a little banner along with a image cutout of myself. This was to make the CV looked more personal to me. I wasnt sure if I was keeping it at the time but all ideas that popped into my head at the time was welcomed! I then added the essentials of name, number and email address. Followed by my education from college and here at university so people can see what I have done and also what im doing that relates to a design career. I was also debating adding in my blog page because these pages show all my work and employers go do further research on my work however I feel my blog is something for me! A place where I explore Ideas and write willy nilly things where I have no worry what I write as Im not writing to an audience but just myself. Not to worry if what I say is right, Not to worry is my grammar and spelling is correct but a place where I can look back on all the ideas I had going though University and how my projects improve over the time of being here. So I think I will give it a miss to add my blog to my CV. However a moment can still arise where I feel including it may be useful.
Although I didnt ass my blog I feel my next task will be to create a webpage where I am able to show off my skills of building a website and also display all my work within the website and will all be designed by me! this will be a step forward and make me a lot more confident with code again seeing as we havent done any website coding since last year. So this will most likely we the next project I work on.
I then moved to my Skills. Now this was hard for me because im a student and im still learning and also constantly getting compared with other students that may be a little better than me however this makes me feel like I dont know enough so im always trying to keep on top and learning new and different things each day. I originally had the percentages at the bottom of the page to show how well I know each topic like Photoshop and xcode but how I mentioned before, Im still learning this so whatever I put in there is wrong and will be out dated everyday im in uni. I then added a Ven Diagram showing Design, Coding and problem solving with me in the middle. This was just to show employers that I am good at design as well as coding and also at the same time I am also good a problem solving. I though this looks good on the page but I still feel its not that important.
I then moved onto a timeline of my education but all I had was 4 things and it wasnt that interesting so i scrapped the idea to the revisit it. However this time I thought to add education along with work experiences, achievements and also life milestones of my own. So I started with 2016 at the top as I feel what I do these days are more interesting then when I got my first paper round. I stated adding when I graduated from each school and moved on to places I had worked. I thought this was a bit boring until I recalled some achievements I had made in the summers between school years. However this is a bit boring I needed to add a bit of my personal touch so I thought why not add countrys I had visited throughout the years as this shows something I love to do and also show an employer that my im up for new experiences no matter how big they are. This could turn into a conversation at an interview where I will be able to tell them what experiences I have gained from doing this, Exploring different cultures totally different from my own and also the fact that I have travelled 6,000 miles away with neither a mother or father by my side to a foreign country where I cant speak the language let alone even read the kanji symbols. This shows employers that I have independence for myself while making tough decisions, which include what country to go to but also what to do while Im there. This includes communication with locals and sometimes its not as easy when you dont know the language and also navigation and organisation is very important as when traveling you need to know where you are going, how to get there and be sure to arrive on time. So adding travelling is key to show what sort of person i am and also what I am capable off.
Finally my intreats I added at the bottom. I thought I will use my charts in the end but for what i find intreating and also my own rating on how much I love that topic so of course what is first… Travelling with a massive 90% This is simply because I love travelling however travelling cost money and even though I love trains and flying… I hate delays and other problems that may happen when travelling. Moving onto Photography and Film, or my hobbies as I would say. I love photographing images as if they are to tool of never forgetting the moment. but at the same time capturing a fantastic image that is so visually appealing. The same goes for film both truly amazing however I feel I have nothing worth while to take images so this is again why I love travelling as I see new places and capture the moment forever. However this is a hobby as Im totally useless at it, it also helps to my more creating filler content in my work as well as inspiration in my designs and drawings. Next we have music, Growing up I listened to lots of music and this is what brought me close to some of my friends however over the years my taste has varied and is a bit over the place. Music helps me concentrate and depending on the type of work im doing the different music I listen to expanding how i think and letting creativity flow free. Up next would be Coffee… Now coffee isnt really a normal interest but it is a ball of fluff protecting your heart. Its the go to thing for all of lifes issues…. getting up and alive in the morning, getting you thought the day, helping you stay awake during essay hand ins, Coffee is my life saver. But also its a drink you have when you bump into an old friend, and also new friends for that matter. Coffee also opens new opportunities and just by leaving the house early to grab that coffee opens you up to seeing the world in a different light. But not only the drink but the smell of coffee and the taste of coffee ice cream and also coffee memories. The first time I ever had coffee was in a cake I help make with my grandma when I was little. I loved it so much I wanted to make 1000 more of them that day. So to me Coffee is not only a drink but also a social event and memories. Cinema for me is just a posh way to say I like to watch a lot of TV and films, which is very true but more about enjoying the storyline of people in all sorts of different situations but also the emotions the shows put you though. I enjoy a good horror movie as I like to work out the where the jump scares will be and watch my friends cry in fear, but also the how it makes myself feel. I like being scared when I know there is no real fear to be scared of. then on the opposite side you have Comedies where they make you feel happy and enjoy yourself while watching. But also you have the relatable dramas that dont always have a happy ever after but you build a bond with a character and know how they feel as if your not alone in the world. Then Lastly you have the Superhero films, You gain the hope that you are being protected by this person but really I love it for the fact that there are people dressed up in fancy dress that are out to kick the enemies butt! but it is so unrealistic as there are no super powers, no evil villains as nobody has that much power along with hatred for people in the world crimes like this will be at a small scale thrown into prison. Then finally you have Disney shows where you get to feel like the kid you wish you still were and pretend your taking your little sibling to see the movie and its not for you. I could go on but finally I have Puzzles. Now i love solving problems so what I love to do are puzzles as well as challenges. I would always get the newspapers and complete the sudukos witch my mother believes is witchcraft. I then so all the puzzles I find in newspapers and magazines but thats not always enough so amazing with the app store I am able to download all the apps I please and more. This also includes challenging games that make you have a timer to complete the puzzles that makes it so much more interesting 🙂
And that is my whole CV explained so far! however this could change as I will take this into uni for people to tear apart and pick out whats good and bad just to make it the best possible CV I can make in the end.