Monday, 6 February 2017

Creating A Visual CV

Like most people - I hate writing or updating my CV. I find it monotonous and boring and always feel that it doesn't reflect who I am professionally or personally. After doing some research I decided to create a more visual CV instead of the usual Word document, using colour, images and fonts to depict my style as a creative professional.

My first steps were to choose colours that represented me as a professional, but not just colours that I like. For example I love autumnal colours; earthy tones of browns and greens, I'm drawn to these when choosing clothes, and love the see nature transforming from vibrant colours into rich golden earthy hues- but these colours might not bode well to employers as browns can be seen as boring and dull. Pink for another example maybe your favourite colour - but for potential employers they may see you as too girly and feminine or even ditzy due to pinks connotations with Barbie. (Not my personal opinions btw just an assumption.)

So the colours I finally chose were GREEN and ORANGE. I chose green for multiple reasons, firstly as I felt it reflected my personal and political views of being a vegetarian, supporting animal welfare and environmental issues which impacts on my professional life as I refuse to work with leather, feathers, fur or silk. It also reflects calmness, balance, and growth. Another reason was I thought it was a neutral colour neither masculine nor feminine - as I work across mens, womens and children's wear. I selected orange as an accent colour to show my diversity, vibrance, and creativity. These two colours work well together, creating a bold and fun statement, and given both of their relations to nature I thought they would represent me perfectly.

My second step was to find two fonts that I felt represented me - again personally and professionally. As I mostly work and create things with my hands I knew the best fonts would be in handwriting styles. I chose a bold chunky handwriting as a main font and then a more simple easy to read font as a secondary text.

The third step was to find an image to use on my cv to show potential employers a little more personal info about me. I decided against a photo and instead used one of my illustrations as it seemed very appropriate to showcase my skills off with.

The fourth step was to compile everything together using my original Word document CV to reference the important details from. I kept it simple by not listing every job or education. Only using what was relevant to keep it punchy and straight to the point. I added little handmade emojis to visually highlight my skills.

I created my CV in Adobe Photoshop but if you don't have that program you could still make a visual CV in Word or Powerpoint. I shall share my full creative CV in a separate post. I hope by sharing my steps on how I created mine is helpful in anyway. There is no real right or wrong in making a CV as long as it reflects and showcases you off to your potential employers. Using a creative visual CV is great to see the diversity amongst people, seeing different peoples styles, characters, and strengths as we all are different and we should embrace it.

Good luck in making yours!

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Friday, 20 January 2017


Hello everyone! My name is Clare I'm based in Birmingham, UK, and I'm a freelance fashion designer, pattern cutter, manufacturer and illustrator. I'm setting this blog up to show case my work past and present, and to document how my freelancing profession goes, so this blog will be part portfolio and part diary.

A little about me

Born and bred in Birmingham I studied art and fashion at Walsall college before heading to study fashion design at UCA (University of the Creative Arts) Rochester, Kent. I graduated with a 2:1 degree in 2009.
For the last 10 years I have worked diversely throughout the fashion industry gaining skills and expertise across all elements of fashion, ranging from haute couture design studios, to restoration of vintage clothing. Pattern cutting menswear, womenswear and childrenswear, to manufacturing wholesale orders within a factory environment. Also photographic styling, freelance fashion illustration to retail and visual merchandising. I am a multi versatile professional who's main attributes are my creativity, meticulous eye for detail and strive for perfection and high quality.

Fun facts

I'm a veggie/vegan and adore all animals. Show me a picture of a cat and I'll swoon.
I collect vintage wear and accessories.
I'm addicted to watching TV shows such as Game of Thrones and Vikings.

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