“Personal Branding; The art of good business” – Directed Study Reflection.
As some of you may know from one of my previous blog posts, I created this website for one of my university courses (Directed Study). I didn’t set myself a specific outcome, but rather treated this project as an experiment to try bunch of new things and see the results.
My aim included:
- Defining myself as an artist by defining my own brand
- To create a professional online portfolio
- To create social media accounts and establish a stronger web presence
- Collaborate with other artists
- Learn employment skills to use in the work force.
Looking back, I have successfully achieved all these goals.
One of the obvious outcomes is the creation of this website. I used a visual style template to set everything out and an ordered structure. Not only that, but the WordPress back room features make maintaining the website easy to use and manage, and the support forum was very helpful whenever I had questions. I even learned about analysing web traffic and statistics to know which posts were popular, and who my readers are.
What I would change in the future is the web layout. At first I though that the highly visual and graphic template was a good choice, however I think it’s too confusing. There are too many elements going on that a first time visitor might not realise what my website is for (to be a portfolio). So next time I would make the home page simple and to the point was a visible menu bar.
I also learnt that all social media websites function differently. Some are easy to use, while others are complicated. Also, each social community has it’s own features and systems which affect the activity and interaction of my accounts. While I know that all the sites are different, i’m still trying to figure out what makes them different, and how I can use these systems to my advantage.
I’ll combine these next two points together since they’re so similar. Collaborating with other artists and defining my own brand. A few month ago my friend Manon and I collaborated and did a performance artwork together called Kamikaze Sisters, which I wrote about in a previous post. This work was about showing our creative styles in both our daily lives and through our artistic practices.
I am pretty versatile and work in a variety of creative mediums ( Drawing, modelling, photos and installations, writing, animations and more), so during this time, i’ve been working on unifying all their styles into a singular brand. This is also a continuous process since i’m still developing and growing, however this experience has taught me to reflect on what I consider to be my style and which mediums I like using the best.
In some ways I feel as though my art is very scattered and confused like my website layout, yet in others I can see unifying themes. Because I’ve done so much already, I don’t think the solution is doing something new again, but rather refining what I have. Picking and choosing which aspects of my art that I like, and discarding what I don’t need. This is another project that will take some time, but it’s good to keep in mind.
Over all I’m satisfied with all the work i’ve done so far with this project. Because of it, I’ve been able to go further than I have before by learning more about myself and my goals for the future.
Don’t worry though, just because this class is over, doesn’t mean my blog is. Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for future updates.