All posts filed under: Graphic Designs

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 travelling 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 especially 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 travelling for almost no cost. I am a real-life traveller. I spend money and travelling 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. …

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.

Threadless Once More

  I love Threadless designs… I love funny t-shirt designs! I only wish that time will come shipping here in the UAE will be more easier, faster and safer. I had troubles claiming my first order. Lost and never received the replacement order. What could be worst? Better luck next time. I wish to get more shirt online but not sure for now. Why I love Threadless? I’m a designer too! It’s a crowd of creative people when you’re inside their website. Everyone is so creative!                 Blog post by: John Robert Ramos Image of my self are mine of course, Threadless images are from threadless dot com.

INSIDE JOB: Cover & Layout Design for Querky

Cover and layout design I made for The VM Bible (Manual) from my previous company QHD. Querky is a magazine style manual for the visual merchandiser. We intentionally made this manual design very funky through eclectic pop. The bible writing style, pop art concept and catchy phrases are all created by myself. The Retail and Design team really loves the overall design from cover to cover. Too bad I left the company already.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Prenuptial

PHOTOGRAPHY: Prenuptial photo shoot for a friend of mine Subert & Anna. This is my first art direction attempt for prenuptial photography. I manage to select all details, setting, location, wardrobe, props & set-ups, effects, gestures and emotions. The final product look authentic. Awesome for the first time hit. This is only possible with the help of our friends. We had fun while doing this. Watch the video: