20 COMMUNICATION DESIGN 1 7 NIKKI KANIVÃ‰
ABOUT MYSELF AND MY WORK
PROFILE Hi, my name is Nikki Kanivé, a passionate
order, meaning and a guiding principle
graduate communication designer from
is absolutely essential. I am a finder and
Luxembourg whose task it is to solve prob-
giver of ideas, a supporter and a problem
lems through visual methods. During the
design process I try to pass on the given message the easiest way possible by using
That’s why I wish you lots of fun reading
graphics, photographies and text. But
my portfolio and I hope that we will work
aesthetics isn’t everything; a good concept
together somewhere, sometimes.
that gives the consuments the feeling of
WANT TO COMMUNICATE WITH ME?
CONTACTS 67, rue Clairefontaine L-9220 Diekirch Luxembourg (+352) 691 10 50 62 email@example.com
WHERE AND WHAT I STUDIED
WHERE I WORKED
September 2006 – July 2013
August 2013 – September 2013
LYCÉE CLASSIQUE DE DIEKIRCH
Pupil in a grammar in which I graduated in the specialisations of fine arts, art history,
Did a few projects for friends, including designing a logo for our sports club, doing some
graphic design and industrial design.
illustrations, and assissting in university projects.
April 2014 – April 2017
April 2016 – October 2016
KÖLNER DESIGN AKADEMIE
WORK PLACEMENT IN THE AGENTUR LEVEN
Student in a design school in Cologne where I learnt more about communication design,
Work lacement requested by the Kölner Design Akademie in which I was working for
including graphic design, illustration. photography, conception and so on.
six months in a marketing agency. Did various printed matter, logo design, film design, landing pages and so on.
October 2016 – February 2016
PART-TIME JOB IN THE AGENTUR LEVEN Thanks to good results I was allowed to continue ongoing and coming projects as a parttime worker.
WHERE I AM BEST AT
COMPETENCES PROFICIENT AT:
LANGUAGES I SPEAK:
InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop
luxembourgish (first language), german
photography, illustration, conception
(second language I’m most proficient at), french (second language I’m least profi-
A BIT EXPERIENCE IN: Premiere Pro, Audition, After Effects
cient at), english
Microsoft Word Office, Microsoft Power
calm mind, good teamwork partner, dili-
gent, eager for knowledge
SKETCHY IN: Dream Weaver/ coding in general Microsoft Excel
DEFINING A BRAND
BLAC FASHION BRAND November 2015 – February 2016
CONCEPTION – ANALYSIS – CORPORATE DESIGN – PHOTOGRAPHY blāc is a fashion brand specialised in black clothing and accessoires for men only. Before the design process our team had to analyse our target audience, defining the brand and the lifestyle it accompanies. The blāc brand book captures every aspect of our ideas and concepts we collected and used eventually.
November 2015 – February 2016
CONCEPTION – ANALYSIS – CORPORATE DESIGN – PHOTOGRAPHY Apart from the brand book, each of our group was assigned to design a magazine in which blāc regularly presents its newest collection and actual trends and insightful articles. Filled with a lot of humour, this enormous magazine in the size of a newspaper reflects the consumer’s ego. 07
SENDING AN IMPACTFUL MESSAGE
AGAINST LEUKAEMIA November 2016 – January 2017
CONCEPTION – GRAPHIC DESIGN A poster the agency and I were working on for a poster competition. Our theme was a call to donate stem cells in order to battle against leukaemia. The message has a double meaning: “Leck mich” both means “Lick me” and “Screw you”. The indicated gesture empowers the second meaning.
GEVATTER TOD Ocotber 2014
CONCEPTION – ILLUSTRATION The Inktober Initiative is a challenge held in October, where illustrators are invited to draw using ink only. I got the old German fairytail of Gevatter Tod (“Godfather Death”). Each illustration pictures in a clever matter way a scene from the fairy tale.
HOMAGE TO JOSEPH BEUYS
MILK AND COTTON July 2014 – August 2014
CONCEPTION – PHOTOGRAPHY My partner and I were instructed to use white objects only for our project. Our theme became a homage to German artist Joseph Beuys who regularly used grease and felt for his works of art. These materials represent energy and warmth and are reducible to the vital needs the human needs. We adapted his idea with our personal objects.
EXPAND A BRAND
EURO CONTAINER May 2016 – July 2016
CONCEPTION – GRAPHIC DESIGN – VISUAL IDENTITY The company Lebenshilfe-Werkstätten expanded their service with cleaning Euro containers. A logo, a visual identity and a landing page had to be developed. Whilethe arrows represen the concept of the clean-dirty-cycle, the negative space can be interpreted as a container or the cleaning machine.
AN EXTRAORDINARY COMBINATION
TYPO POSTER November 2014 â€“ January 2015
GRAPHIC DESIGN Who thought that the combination of sans-serif and script fonts would work so well together? As motives I chose the most famous Spaghetti Western from the mid 60s to the end 70s.
INTERPRETING MUNDANE EVENTS
POLITICAL POSTER May 2015 – August 2015
GRAPHIC DESIGN – ILLUSTRATION – CONCEPTION Two big occurrences made it to the newspaper and were a topic for months. The bugging scandal on Angela Merkel and ISIS ruining human lives and their culture. Both drawings were initially made analogically, then got digitalised.
POSTCARDS May 2014 – August 2014
GRAPHIC DESIGN – PHOTOGRAPHY – CONCEPTION A call out against the use of fur in the fashion branche. The letters showing an abstract representation of the animals suffering during the process of getting their skin ripped away are made of carton and fake fur.
CHANGE BEING RECORDED
THE HELIOS TERRAIN January 2015 – February 2016
PHOTOGRAPHY – CONCEPTION How to record something that is living a constant flux? I took several pictures of the terrain, the graffiti and the people. The following day I returned, only finding new graffiti and other changes, so I did it again and again. This project can be seen as a neverending one, if you stick te new pictures above the older ones. In this case, you can literally see the flux of time.
VonRIELE zum Kunstwerk erhoben
BUILDING A BRAND
VonRIELE November 2015 – February 2016
CORPORATE DESIGN – PHOTOGRAPHY – CONCEPTION VonRiele is a high-end producer of office supplies. Our goal was to define its brand and building up a campaign around their products. One result is a scrapbook that consists of an agenda, a scrapbook and a guidebook alltogether. This scrapbook helps you organise everything, find your inner calm, and become a respected person in your company.
November 2015 – February 2016
CORPORATE DESIGN – PHOTOGRAPHY – CONCEPTION Besides the scrapbook, we also did product photos, but in an unconventional way. In order to gain attention, we made everything a bit lewd by playing a bit with our products. 27
BREXIT in graphics
1 out of 28 EU member states are leaving the European Union in other words: 0.428 out of 12
UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD
BREXIT in graphics December 2016 – February 2017
CONCEPTION – GRAPHIC DESIGN My final project in the Kölner Design Aakademie. It’s a book containing infographics and illustrations helping to explain the topic that is Brexit in a convenient and uncomplicated way. A historical event comprised into 36 pages filled with charming graphics. 29
Published on Feb 28, 2017