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Felix Muigai Fda Design for Graphic Communication Work Placement Report 2010

Projects: Snakeyman Web Design Action Reaction Web Design Royal Wear Identity, Web Design


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My Experience: Snakeyman, web design Royal Wear, identity Action reaction, web design Evaluation: Skills gained

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About 3rd Phase Media

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Gaining employment in Graphic design is not easy.02 You have to market yourself as much as you can and increase your chances of getting a placement somewhere. Therefore, we got a brief this summer for work placement in which we have to apply and aquire a 10 day work placement. I managed to do a series of freelance design work in london with a lot of companies. The best design expereince was working with Snakeyman. The actor/artist. It was a real music and design industry experience. I got to learn a lot and also test my working skills.

Gaining employment in Graphic design is not easy. You have to market yourself as much as you can and increase your chances of getting a placement somewhere. Therefore, we got a brief this summer for work placement in which we have to apply and a quire a 10 day work placement. I managed to do a series of freelance design work in

London with a lot of companies. The best design experience was working with Snakeyman. The actor/artist. It was a real music and design industry experience. I got to learn a lot and also test my working skills. In the next few pages, I will go through my experiences and the design work produced.

My first freelance work was with 3rd phase media. A south London Media consultant company. They specialise in digital media and filming. I got this job through the Stop campaign. Which I have been involved in since Chelsea college of art 2007. Me and Alex rose went around the UK campaigning against the on going gun and knife crime campaign. And everywhere we went, Man-

chester, dagenham e.t.c we exchanged number with people and that way I acquired a lot of contacts and at the same time, Did something good for the community. Now every now and then, I get a lot of paid freelance work. I met 3rd phase media at a football game. I was sitting at the lower tier of the football stadium and at the end of the game, I spoke to

In the next few pages, i will go through my experiences and the design camera menwork that produced. was recording the game that day and we exchanged numbers and he said he would call.. .................................... Continued


Because he had a lot of work to be done. I didn’t expect a call. But two weeks later, I got a call from a Ralph Braithwaite. He said that he got my number from one of their camera men. And that he had a look at my web site and would like me to go down to their office for a meeting. I went to their office and after the meting, I was offered a job to be their web designer/ developer. I would be in charge of all web design jobs as they didn’t have a web designer as yet. About 3rd Phase Media Produce 3rd Phase Media provides expertise and advice through consultation with it’s clients. They produce visual solutions for a va3rd Phase Media Web Design

riety of applications, from TV, film, corporate video, DVD and online presence.

maximum visual potential and impact. They used Final Cut Pro 7.

Film They use broadcasting standard and high quality HDV cameras, along with professional lighting and microphones at carefully selected locations to encapsulate qualitative footage. Which was a great opportunity because i had a chance to see all the work in progress and probably get to use some of the film iquipment.

Duplicate They also dublicated DVD’s of the projects. So if a client wanted a promotional video of their company, 3rd phase media could do it.

Edit 3rd Phase Media will ensure that the final visual product is delivered to the highest standards latest editing technologies and motion using the latest media software in order to ensure projects achieve

Some of their clients include: The Big Brother Uk Fulham Fc.

My first task was to design a web site for an artist/actor who goes by the name Snakeyman. Snakey man is an award winning actor/artist who

starred in the movie Adulthood has been featured in Holby City, and other BBC dramas.

Equipment Interms of iquptment, they had some of the best iquipment i have seen. Vidoe 1/3-inch Exmor™ CMOS Professional AVCHD Camcorder with GPS This is the best media coverage camera at the moment and they had not 1 but 3 of these beasts.


I’m a big fan of Snakeyman, I think he is a great actor. Especially on The Bill. I actually got to see him in Manchester on his tour for my birthday last year. After our meeting with Snakeyman, I went home and had a look at his web site and after viewing it, I could not tell you how horrendous it

was. The image that they used for him was pixellated. See for yourself at http://www.snakeyman. co.uk/. Not to mention the content is built in a wordpress blog which is terrible for search engines. Being an actor, it’s very important to expand your brand, especially all over search engines. Not only was the

content built in a wordpress blog, the entire site was really alarming. I noticed at the bottom the year says 2006, that’s way too long for someone to update their site with a new layout. His facebook page and twitter seem to be updated regularly which is good, but

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he shouldn’t abandon his official site. His official site should be a hub of information which feeds his facebook and twitter. I would really like to work with more public figures on how they can improve their online brands.

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My Experience Snakeyman Web Design


I also got to work with a new brand called Royal Wear. which is a street fashion brand with a blend of urban and casual. The brief was to design a cool website and promotional material.

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My Experience Royal Wear identity

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This website was for young people around london. And was funded by the 02. I got to work with people from the 02 and also the olympic gold medalist Dwayne Chambers.

Action Reaction Web Design My Experience


07 From my time with 3rd phase media so far, GI gained a lot of skills that will definitely help me after I leave college. These skills are mainly technical and presentations skills.

cially CMOS Professional AVCHD Camcorder. Loved working in media in a Professional environment something I have not really done before.

When I first started with the company, I felt nervous about my capabilities and skill set of what I was bringing to the company. The tasks I undertook required a wide range of skill and I wasn’t sure if my standard of work would be enough to uphold the company’s standards.

As well as working with digital camera’s I also gained new skills in using After Effects and Final cut pro. Using this I created personalised DVD menus something I haven’t done before.

I found working by myself quite a task although this proved useful experience in mirroring the world of freelance work where work undertaking and problem solving is usually solitary. My skills in digital media have also benefited from my time with 3rd phase media so far. Sometimes I am left to hold the camera and record something or monitor the multiple DVD burner. And in the process I have learned a lot about Professional digital cameras espe-

Most of the time, I went out with one of my colleagues to meeting and sat down and absorbed how they dealt with clients. I think this was a great opportunity to understand how different fields deal with design people. Reflecting back on my time at 3rd phase media so far I feel that it has been beneficial experience in terms of Professional development. And will now try and utilise the skills that I have gained from this experience to better my feature career in graphic design.


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