Author: John Robert Ramos

The Unsweetened Digital Portfolio of John Ramos

Holy was the day that I came up with the idea to update my digital portfolio and my resume. I won over my self. I defeated procrastination. I felt like I am a better person already. Click this link to see the presentation I have been traveling for only four months full time and dude it wasn’t easy carrying my 30kg around places, but that was not the toughest scenario. It was spending a lot of money for accommodation, food, flights, and expensive mistakes that cannot be avoided along the journey not to mention homecoming (most expensive place to be specially with my mum). Lashing out savings without generating any form of income is scary. I am not an Instagram celebrity travel blogger who can stay cool because they are traveling for almost no cost. I am a real-life traveler. I spend money and traveling is not cheap no matter how much Couchsurfing I do. I am too old for a working holiday visa and I am not white (lol). No rich parents, no trust fund and no sugar daddy. …

TRAVEL: Doors, why do there have to be flaws (Part 2)

One song from #Bastille mentioned that our flaws made us who we are and without it we will be doomed. Listen to their acoustic version of “Flaws” and hear/feel it your self, it is a beautifully written song. Then, imagine what if we people does not have flaws. What if we are all born perfect? What if there is not an inch of ugliness from anyone physically and emotionally? I’ll leave it to you to ponder. Below are collection of unique doors gathered from Morocco (Chefchaouen, Fez, Essaouira) and Andalusia, Espana. Notice what makes them one of a kind. It is their flaws. Every door is beautifully flawed from everything that surrounds them. Each of it are molded and designed based on culture, nature, weather and by their maker. Like us people. Each of us has inherited flaws from our parents and ancestors. None of us are made to choose what kind of beings we are going to be. Nature, culture and the cycle of life made us who we are. Our differences and faults …

TRAVEL: Doors, why do there have to be doors (Part 1)

At the age of 21 where most normal guy officially reach physical adulthood, my body stopped from growing at 5’6 tall. By then, I knew I cannot make it as a supermodel like I dreamed of and travel around the world for free. Being just dark, handsome and disappointed, I had to think of something else to do with my life. The door to becoming a supermodel has closed (It was never open for me anyway, I realized that ten years later). Thank god I am actually smart and talented I never knew. Whew! Ten years later, I have encountered countless doors and windows of opportunities I never thought would open and close for me during my early until late twenties. From desktop publishing to design agency. I’m now a Graphic Designer (wow), but my current company entitled me as the Digital & Creative Lead… because they cannot promote me into something else (that sounds better and more expensive though). I currently work as the in-house designer in a company that requires corporate branding and …

The Out-Standing Employee

It has been almost four months since I started working while standing (sometimes standing with just one foot, ninja style) at my workstation with my improvised standing desk. Until now random colleagues are still throwing the same question “Why are you standing?” followed with their own theory like the following: Are you punishing yourself? Are you having back pain issues? Are you trying to get fit? Are you protesting? Does your butt hurt? While I respond with random silly answers like the following: Yes, I am punishing myself for being late No, I just feel like standing and tired of sitting Yes, It is part of my diet since I feel that I’m getting fat. (but that just a feeling) No, that’s a silly question. I am just getting fat and trying to slim down. Thats it. No, I am totally fine. I just needed to change. (and sometimes) You should try it your self, you’re fat. (with Michael Jackson lyrics) If you wanna make the world a better place take a look at yourself, …

MUSIC: That Old Raw Music Video That Juggles or Dances

That Old Raw Music Video That Juggles or Dances Remember those raw and rad music videos from rad musicians that create real music back in the days not so long ago. So original, so talented and beautifully weird. They were the pioneer of viral music videos that breaks the internet in a good way. They were your favorite music videos that you downloaded illegally on your phone or pc just to share it with your best buddies or your date only to find out whether both of you share the same kind of music or not. 1. First on my list is my favorite from Fatboy Slim, That Old Pair of Jeans with the Hula Hoops and the Windmills. This video makes me want to go exactly where she is and just read a book and listen to music. The music itself is just fantastic. It creates its own kind of feeling. A feeling that makes you want to be inside the music. 2. Another from Fatboy Slim back in 2006 Juggling trends with the music …

CREATIVE PACKAGING: Books & Boxed Set Design

CREATIVE PACKAGING: Books & Boxed Set Design #cd #media #books #packaging #monogram A new design element for Emrill’s identity is born and here to stay to give a different kind of approach to future clientele. “The Emrill monogram”. An element that brings new design opportunity and creates higher pitch of standard. This new design is not meant to replace Emrill’s corporate brand identity but only an element which is answering to the requirements of my own in-house clients. This monogram was custom-made to present the company to an upscale business. A business which has been successful in rebranding their own after bringing their business here in the middle east, The New York University in Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. The image below shows the construction of the monogram. A color palette that complements NYU’s identity. The following images will explain itself. “My artwork is a reflection of myself. Every details and every flaws. I’m a perfectionist although I can’t perfect and control the quality of my  job done because of the people that contributes and influence …

ONE MUST NOT REVEAL HIS SECRET SKILLS: Expo Stand Design – Oasis

One doesn’t just simply let his/her employer know all his/her skills and capabilities. One has to have his secret weapon to be able to outplay the competition. Specially when you are a multi-talented graphic designer (ehem!). It is actually normal for some graphic designer to possess multiple design skills apart from their specialization and sometimes they excel more with their extra curricular activities like fine arts, photography, fashion, interior design, product, packaging, animation, web, 3d, architecture, audio and a lot more to mention. They can be just anything they want because they are freaking shapeshifting artist. So why you should not tell them all that you can do? Because they will abuse you and use you up the the last drop of your blood for the same amount of salary you are getting instead of outsourcing it from external agency. I’ve seen a job description from some job sourcing website here in Dubai for a graphic designer wanting them to be good in 3D, Autocad, Adobe suites, web design, php, css, xhtml, will do brochure, …

So You Want to be a Graphic Designer

WHAT DOES  GRAPHIC DESIGNER DO? Along with writers, clients, and other creative people who decide on what the content or message should be, graphic designers make the content look appealing to the client’s audience. Graphic designers are the people who design the magazines, product labels, shopping bags, websites, cereal boxes, newspapers, logos, stationery, books, movie posters, billboards, and millions of other things that we see many times every day. IS GRAPHIC DESIGN FUN? Absolutely. If you’re good at art, and like working with words, type, illustrations and images, you’ll probably enjoy graphic design. Graphic design is work, so is it always fun? Not always. The work can be tedious (like when you have to create 45 charts in Adobe Illustrator). Plus, if you are getting paid, you are working for someone else and it’s your job to keep your boss or client happy. That means that most clients and bosses will want to have some say in what the project looks like. Here’s a great video showing a somewhat extreme example. Thanks to YouTube poster, TheMimeographer.   WHAT …

INSIDE JOB: Advertising Photography

INSIDE JOB: Advertising Photography Photography is the single most important element of most advertising campaigns. While copywriters may spend hours producing an eye-catching headline and copy that well introduce the product/brand, it’s the image that first attracts the viewer. It’s also the last thing the viewer usually remembers after turning the page. It is now photography vs illustration in the world of advertising. As they say picture is worth a thousand words, in advertising a picture must explain or at least directly reflect the brand/product in a full impact. Here, I am sharing my previous in-house job showcasing the use of photography in advertising.     Blog post by John Robert Ramos. We own copyright for images used.

CAMPAIGN ADS: WaterisLife: First World Problem Anthem

I hate it when they turn memes into ads. The whole concept of “firstworldproblems” was most likely created by a 10 year old using his iFunny app. Taking that to this is not creative… but hey this is for the charity! Water Is Life video using the Twitter hashtag #Firstworldproblems to highlight the gap between the haves and the have nots is one of the most innovative charity campaigns to hit YouTube. Lines such as a ‘I hate it when my phone charger won’t reach my bed’ and ‘I hate it when my house is so big I need two wireless routers’ are read out by Haitians, most of whom live on less than a dollar a day. This video is a slap on my face every time I complain when I cannot find organic baby carrot available or every time I express my hate for PC at work. What else do we hate which are not real problems? Advertising Agency: DDB, New York, USA
Chief Creative Officer: Matt Eastwood
Executive Creative Director: Menno Kluin
Head of Production: Ed Zazzera
Producer: Lindsey Hutter
Copywriter: Frank Cartagena
Art …

JOHN ROBERT RAMOS LOOKBOOK: The Best of 2012

I just woke up one day when I decided to take picture of myself wearing my everyday working clothes to work. And over the year I have collected not only tons of lookbook photos but also memories from 2012. The places where I took the photos and friends who are very patience taking multiple shots of myself posing until I am satisfied with the look. Thanks to my tripod, to Jemma, Namal, Aireen, Kabbie, and specially to my buddy Sandra Essa who took most of my gorgeous photos from the past 4 months. Photos below are mostly taken with the use of my HTC mobile phone and iPad 3 with 5 megapixels processed by Instagram. So here are my selected collections from 2012.   All images used are owned by John Robert Ramos.

CINEMAGRAPHS: Sheikh Zayed Road Once More

I made few cinemagraphs of Sheikh Zayed road just to have my own version of trending animated photography. Yey! Cinemagraphs are still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement occurs. Cinemagraphs, which are usually published in an animated GIF format, can give the illusion that the viewer is watching a video. They are commonly produced by taking a series of photographs or a video recording, and, using image editing software, compositing the photographs or the video frames into a seamless loop of sequential frames, often using the animated GIF file format in such a manner that motion in part of the subject between exposures (for example, a person’s dangling leg) is perceived as a repeating or continued motion, in contrast with the stillness of the rest of the image. The term “cinemagraph” was coined by U.S. photographers Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck, who used the technique to animate their fashion and news photographs beginning in early 2011.    Cinemagraphs posted above are all created by John Robert Ramos.   Below are few samples of beautiful cinemagraphs from http://cinemagraphs.com

Suits & Style

I might be a little outdated but I couldn’t miss this stylish guys in Suits, tv series. Sometimes you hear about a new show, catch an episode and then, almost instantly, you’re hooked. It’s annoying to think that there is another tv series that will occupy your vacant time. Sleep late at night because you just can’t wait to finish the whole season you already recorded/downloaded because you knew you’ll find interesting look that you can wear for the next day. USA Network’s hit TV series Suits, which first premiered in the US last June, is one of those shows: it’s a slick, witty, intelligent and stylish legal drama that quickly took my attention. ABOUT SUITS Even the best lawyer in New York City can use some help. While running from a drug deal gone bad, Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), a brilliant young college-dropout, slips into a job interview with one of New York City’s best legal closers, Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht). Tired of cookie-cutter law school grads, Harvey takes a gamble by hiring Mike …

PHOTOGRAPHY: Morning Angel

Innocence is Bliss. Taking photograph of a child is one of the most difficult… no, because they don’t need to act happy or sad or blissful. It comes naturally with their innocence. It is difficult… yes, when you have to force them to smile for the camera. The trick is make them play and enjoy what they are doing. This series of photos are taken with consent of her parents for her 7th birthday. I provided all the props, settings, and photography direction.             Photos taken by John Robert Ramos