Category: ProSite

ProSite of the Month: Island Collective

Each month, our curators select one ProSite to feature as “ProSite of the Month.” November’s ProSite goes to Island Collective, a design collective in Canada whose work goes beyond the web with experience in interface design, brand & identity development as well as print media. 

A Closer Look With Paul Robson

We recently had the pleasure of interviewing New Castle based graphic designer, illustrator & typographer Paul Robson (aka Muro) about his creative process and the importance of a personal website. 

How long have you been designing?
Not sure if you’re allowed to call yourself a Graphic Designer until you start actually making money from it, but taking away five years of study it will be about thirteen years.

Do your personal projects differ from your professional work? If yes, how so? 
Currently my personal work differs massively from my professional work, this is good for me because it keeps what I do as a designer nicely balanced and never mundane. I used to be 100% graphic design within big design/ad agencies but I found these environments too mechanical with no true passion and only concern about what the client wants that day and not what a talented designer could actually produce to help the client beyond expectation. My personal work is simply a style that has developed from a passion for type, simplicity and very little time to produce it. Luckily for me this is the style of graphic design I like. I always say just keep it simple.

What do you think are the most important elements to focus on, when creating a personal website?
The simple answer would be show what you’re best at but I suppose it depends why you have the website online in the first place. My own started out as a way of getting work so I started by presenting a good mix of design work which showed what I was capable of as a designer in order to get the right kind of job. I guess the two most important aspects of design that you should demonstrate are firstly a good idea and secondly the execution of that idea. Now that I have found work, my site is just a bit of fun, it doubles up as a very handy archive of my work where I place the odd bit of work that I am proud of. Generally it’s worth spending time ironing out little glitches/typos and don’t overload your site, my current Prosite is the best of my work from my main Behance site as too much work has built up on there over the years to be looked at in one go, so it works out quite well having the two.



What inspires you and keeps you motivated?
Talent, respect, a good idea and good coffee.

 What creative project you’ve worked on are you most proud of?
I guess I’m proud of all the work I produce, but I soon get sick of looking at it, so I will have to go with a very recent project where I got to combine my personal work with professional. I don’t always get the opportunity to do this so I was really happy with the end product. The project was called Look Into My Eyes, which was an exploratory interactive design project that explored daily decision making during diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis.

 

To see more of Paul’s work or to get in touch, please visit his ProSite 

ProSite Spotlight: Portfolios with Personality

In addition to displaying your work, we believe your online portfolio should tell your story. With all the customization options available on ProSite, the possibilities for personalizing your site – from your landing page to your project covers – are endless. Here are a few examples of ProSites with personality:

JP Leroux is a copywriter, strategist, ponderer, “wordventor,” word-flipper, etch-a-sketcher and he even juggles. In addition to text-focused project covers, Leroux manages to convey his many talents in a simple, but personable animated logo.

The Fox and King is the working burrow of Glenn Thomas, an Australian Illustrator and Animator. Thomas injects a little bit of personality into each element of his site, including his animated .Gif logo of an illustrated fox and king strolling side-by-side.

Eric F. Thomas is an award-winning designer and creative director who has been designing and leading for over 12 years. Using a portrait of himself as a custom logo on his ProSite helps add a personal touch to his site, and reiterates his emphasis on building brands through real connections.

ProSite Spotlight: Photography Portfolios

The medium is the message when it comes to your creative portfolio. With all the customization options available on ProSite, the possibilities for personalizing your site – from your landing page to your project covers – are endless. This month we took a look at three photography ProSites with three unique styles:


Pawel Mazurkiewicz is StupidColors, (his words, not ours) so he created a site that’s as vibrant and bright as he is. In addition to his rainbow of project covers, he’s also implemented a rollover in a different shade for each.


Jack Radcliffe is a documentary photographer, who specializes in carefully composed, richly printed portraits. Using project covers to zero in on the narrative in each photo, Radcliffe adds only a touch of yellow, that accenting his dark site with hover states and links.


Becka Hussey describes herself as a “young, enthusiastic photographer with a penchant for the quirky with a case of the wanderlusts” – a sentiment that’s quickly apparent after a quick flip through her site. Her portfolio is easy to navigate with original titles and casual copy, giving off a great sense of what it would be like to collaborate with Becka. 

ProSite of the Month

Each month, our curators select one exceptional ProSite to feature as “ProSite of The Month.”  This month, Assembled, a design studio and creative agency with clients that include Nike, Red Bull and MTV, takes the title.