Andres Pineda

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    Andres Pineda

    Hello Nick, I hope your search has gotten better by this time!

    When applying I have always asked my students to look at the firm they are looking to work in and try to relay this in their own portfolio. If you are able to transmit your experience and skills by showcasing something relatively close to the same language they carry, you will have a greater opportunity than if you don’t.

    Renderings, Elevations, Plans, Conceptual processes to even sketches are all important to showcase your thought process, structure and how you go about a project.

    This not only tells me of your skills but can begin to showcase your character and charisma.

    These are some questions I ask as part of the process when putting a portfolio together:
    • To who are presenting to?
    • How will you present?
    • If you hand your portfolio to someone out of the field, would they be able to understand what you are showcasing if you are not there to present? (Try showing it to your friends, in the field coworkers and see how they react, feedback – there is an issue with presentations, where the presenter assumes that their viewers have a full understanding. Remember we all think and see things differently.

    I am not sure if this is your full portfolio… (I felt like you did not welcome me (cover Page) or accompanied to the door as I left (Back cover) – try looking at these items:
    • Insert a cover page- If you walked into an office and sat in the lobby for some time and your portfolio was laying there with 7 other magazines. Would your cover entice you to pick it up and open it?
    • Index
    • Try looking at your presentation format (Size and dimensions) if I ask you to print this. Would it look good? How much work would you have to put into it to make it presentable? Maybe a standard 8.5×11 format will suit or maybe it won’t? If they open your portfolio on a computer, is it legible, pleasing to view, attention grabber?
    • What role did you play in all these projects? Did you do them all yourself? Was it a team effort?

    Look at companies and work for some inspiration: BIG Architects, MAD Architects, UNstudio, Harvard, UCLA, FIU students to get an idea of what they are generating vs where you are applying and create your own balance and what is important.

    The way you are showcasing your portfolio does make your work look outdated.
    Which is different from your work actually being outdated.

    By working with white space, a cleaner background (white), play with a max of 3 fonts for your Titles, subtitles and regular text. I would say, let’s get rid of the colored background (remember, if we print. What happens? Will it look good? And the cost to print?) or maybe, the color background becomes an introduction to a specific project and now we begin to talk about a possible structure.

    Take example magazines you enjoy. Pay attention to their layout, what do you like and why do you like it.
    Translate this to your portfolio and lastly ask your self. Does this represent who I am? Sell me the idea of why I really want to hire you without you being present.

    Let me know if this makes sense and help.

    Feel free to reach out and ask away.

    Andres Pineda

    Hey Jeff,

    It important to take into account what your interests are apart than just school work. This machine will be an investment on your behalf that will hopefully allow you the flex space to transform into other interests as you grow in the career, studies, and field. Base on your description you already have a great start in this field and various curriculums are heavily invested in presentations and graphic design overall.

    With that said, considering the movement in software and current capabilities of what is possible. CAD, Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign have become your basics for this industry. Look into a machine that will also allow you to handle 3D and an output for renderings with decent times.

    For your projects, you will most likely be developing these for presentation and explanation purposes, and if your able to cut your times because your machine allows it to. It will be towards your benefit.

    All considered the machine will become one more tool to perform your task. Mac or PC, it’s a matter and variable of budget, aesthetics and how much time you would like to wait for the computer to perform.

    Processor: The i7 is ideal for all your single-threaded CAD applications
    Video Card with dedicated memory: GTX 10xx is a great GPU for GPU rendering and workflow (the move CUDA cores the better).

    If we are talking 3d and Renderings – I would sway towards your PC market
    I have just purchased a MSI – gs65 with a GTX1070 as it suits my demands.
    DELL XPS – Good cheap option with a GTX1050

    If we are talking Graphic Design – As you might already know, industry standards are Mac.

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