This is one of those blog posts you don’t really imagine writing, but the circumstances are such that I need to explore every angle that I have at the moment. In short, a number of people where I used to work at Renegade were let go yesterday, including myself. If you’ve spent anytime here at DesignNotes, you know that I have a passion for design and advertising and love the exploration of all things that involve miscellaneous communication.
While it’s an uneasy feeling at the moment, I’m excited about being able to see what else is out there. I haven’t had my portfolio online since I moved to Renegade, though considering I’m looking for full time I’ve placed a downloadable portfolio pdf at www.designnotes.info/surtees_portfolio.pdf and a page on my blog at HERE. Almost one hundred percent of what I’ve done in the last year at Renegade has been online, although I still love the smell of fresh ink at press checks, talking to photographers and illustrators, and hammering a freshly designed poster onto a wall. The two big projects that I spent a lot of time on was with the Redesign of Panasonic’s Consumer Electronics website, and Children for Children’s web site. For Panasonic.com, I was the design lead for Support and Search, while for Children for Children I was the primary designer. Obviously these sites weren’t designed in a vacuum, but I can easily say that I had a major part in their development and philosophy.
Where do I want to go from here? That’s a really open question – there’s so much room to explore online, whether with trying to combine people’s new experiences with web 2.0 apps, social communities or api’s that are being made available, and/or just being a competent designer making things understandable for people in their everyday lives – that’s what I want to continue to do. I’m extremely adaptable with what’s going on today and love talking about it here on my blog. The isp’s that come to DesignNotes are as varied as my posts. I’m averaging about 9,000 page views a month at the moment – I don’t know most of the people that come here, but I’d like to. Drop me an email at michael[at]michaelsurtees.com. I’d be interested in saying hi, talking about the future of design that is today, and if you hear of any openings for an art director you’ll get a lot of extra karma points.