September 30, 2011

Peer Book Report: Portfolio Presentation for Fashion Designers

Portfolio Presentation for Fashion Designers by Linda Tain

The fashion industry is perhaps one of the most fast-paced and competitive industries in the world of design--it is also infamous as one of the harshest. As a fashion designer, your portfolio needs to stand out that much more from the rest of your peers. Linda Tain, a long time professor at FIT, and fashion designer, illustrator and consultant, knows this better than anyone, and she has put together this 3rd edition of what is a truly extraordinary guide to assembling an exceptional fashion design portfolio. Tain's exploration of the many different components to the fashion designer's portfolio is an informative, illustrative, and thorough guide for any designer wishing to enter (or re-enter) this job market. In this book, you can find:
  • examples of successful portfolio cases and content
  • specs on illustrative flats
  • examples and processes of presentation boards and mood boards
  • age and gender customer market guidelines
  • covers children's, activewear, knitwear, accessories, juniors, and men's fashion (along with women's)
  • tips for and examples of successful fashion illustration
  • sample markdown log sheets
  • interview tips and sample cover letters and resumes
  • FAQ section, glossary of industry terms, supply lists and sources/ brands list
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September 22, 2011

Peer Book Report - Creative Careers In Museums

Creative Careers In Museums - Jan E. Burdick
Everyone loves museums! And now everyone can work for a museum! Jan E. Burdick explains how museum jobs are not restricted to history majors, but open up opportunities for other professionals, ranging from photographers to graphic designers. This book is an excellent resource for anyone trying to get into the museum business or even just learn about the logistics of a museum. The highlighted feature of this book includes testimonies from working professionals from places such as, The Brooklyn Museum, talking about their own personal museum experiences. Burdick condenses this wide range of museum career information within a comfortable two hundred pages.
Other goodies include:
  • The history of museums
  • Information on specific types of museums
  • How to land a museum job
  • Finding a museum position that suits your fancy
  • Resources for professional associations, study programs, resumes, etc.
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September 8, 2011

Internship Success: PromaxBDA

Raymond Miller, Film 2011
Place of internship: PromaxBDA,

During his senior year at Pratt, Raymond realized he had an interest in the advertising industry, but had no experience or knowledge of it. He decided to meet with a career counselor in our office and get some insight on where to begin, which is how he discovered PromaxBDA.

Promax is a non-profit, full-service association for promotion and marketing professionals working in broadcast media and advertising. Every year they hold a week long conference in New York City, which includes lectures, discussions, exhibits, screenings, and networking opportunities. Raymond was accepted to be a part of this conference, where he provided event support and hospitality, got to sit in on any event happening in the conference, and was provided housing, meals, and a stipend for the week.

Raymond says the best part about his internship experience was his opportunity to network and make contacts, as well as sit in on lectures and talks he never would have been exposed to otherwise. His advice for students seeking internships: There are lots of options if you know exactly what you want from an internship. Contact them and ask questions.