I wanted to share some wedding graphics I designed for my friend’s wedding! I really loved helping design some of the menu and welcome signage for their wedding a few weeks ago on August 4th. It was such a joy to create some work that was inspired by Palm Springs and geometric shapes for some of the designs! The wedding took place in San Jose, the wedding theme took inspiration from both Lily’s Vietnamese background and Mark’s Filipino background. It was such an awesome wedding that they put together, merging both of their influences in food choices and some of the wedding props and furniture that were hand selected by the bride and groom definitely reflected their backgrounds.
I couldn’t imagine myself spending months preparing and organizing all of the wedding details but a lot of our friends, including myself had helped out along the way. I know that preparing for a wedding takes a lot of hard work and energy, I am indeed in awe of Lily and Mark for taking the time and energy to create such a magnificent wedding. Check out some of the graphics I designed below for their wedding and some of the design choices I made as I created some of these elements for their wedding.
In action below! Typically the photobooth company will provide a template that you can plug in and drop the design elements onto. Printed size template is 2 x 6 in.
Printed size 5 x 7 in.
The theme of the wedding was inspired by Palm Springs with a desert vibe, so we chose some watercolor illustrations, some geometric backgrounds, and some gold frame vector elements to give it some flair. The best method of choosing the design of any wedding invitations, signage or menu design for a wedding is to make sure the elements are contrasting and not competing with each other, and that they are subtle and look good visually. A good rule of thumb when designing is to choose colors that are in harmony with each other, for these designs we chose a complimentary color scheme to reflect the style of the wedding, with lots of green succulents, we opted for a pink accent and that carried over to the flowers at the wedding. For the font choices we chose Palm Canyon and for the table numbers we chose Rollfast Black to match some of the geometric borders and backgrounds, we wanted to mix and match art deco elements to give it a visually interesting combination.
Some of the graphics and elements I use in these designs I bought from Creative Market, the links are right below if you are interested in checking them out! You can also find elements that fit within your theme and style through the website as they have so many different options and designs that you can choose from. I use pre-made templates and vector graphics to save time and most of the graphics are great for personal use, licensing on Creative Market is only required if you are going to use graphics on products that you are selling and making a profit from. But its great for personal use on projects like weddings and events, as long as you aren’t using the graphics to sell anything.
Artist Tips: Create multiple portfolios for different industries
Creating multiple portfolios for different industries is a great way to test out which market responds better to your work. For graphic designers and illustrators: you probably should create a professional industry portfolio and continue developing another portfolio just dedicated to illustration work. I would highly recommend this!
Because most of the time companies will only want to see samples of work related to the specific job you are applying for. If you are trying to get work in the advertising/digital marketing space, make sure you have work to reflect that industry and vice versa. Or for a game artist or concept artist– make sure you are showing portfolio pieces that are specific to that industry.
Even if you want to highlight and include certain work in your portfolio, it may not be relevant to what companies want to see. So consider that thought. You should also try to keep your portfolio focused, even if it is only a few pieces of good work. Quality of work is always better than the quantity of work.
It can be a really confusing time being a young artist or finding a career path that’s suited for you and something that you can see yourself doing for the next year, or maybe 3-5 years down the road. Or maybe you are switching career paths? I always say that having experience working for a company is never wasted. It could be a great learning opportunity while you figure out what you want to do. Figuring out what you are truly passionate about may take some time and evolution as an artist. Whatever path you walk in, walk with intention. Set some goals for the next year or two and build a career strategy that you can evolve into. Be realistic as to what kind of experience can help build your career.
Most companies will look for experience in your resume for the position you are applying for. Its hard to break out in an industry that you don’t have any experience in, but there are places to find short term projects and experiences that you can build along the way. Having at least 1-2 years of experience doing projects or entry level work is a good place to start, or even finding an internship for a few months or working with a startup with a smaller budget.
Do some research in market trends and look at the industry you want to get work in and ask:
Who are the top companies out there?
What work do these companies want to see in a candidate’s portfolio?
What are some things I can ask industry experts for advice?
Who are the top candidates in this industry and what can you learn from their work that you can apply to your own discipline?
What are some of the things I like to do? What are some of my hobbies? How can I merge my passion into a career path that I like? Are there any companies that reflect that lifestyle?
Another pro tip:
Look at job descriptions of companies, observe the skills you need to master and gain experience from.
Find people who work in the companies you like on LinkedIn and look up their portfolios to see what you can learn from their work.
More on how to reach out to professionals and starting conversations on LinkedIn in another post and video.
Some of the places I would start looking for projects:
Creative Hotlist www.creativehotlist.com
Craigslist, checking out the Creative Gigs section for the city you live in, maybe there are smaller companies or independent business owners who have smaller budgets to work with.
Working with or helping a small company locally that may not have a big budget but can offer you some experience and useful industry knowledge you can learn from.
When I first started out as a graphic designer and trying to find work with companies, I created a portfolio specifically for the industry that I wanted to work in. And then I kept a personal art blog while I was studying for my Masters degree in Visual Development. More on that here
Artists Tips: How Many Portfolios should I create and what industries can I find work?