Digital Presence – Portfolio Link

I’m not a very social person, when it comes to my everyday life. Although, I believe having a strong digital presence, in today’s society, is a must, if you wish to succeed or get noticed in a professional market. Currently, my digital presence is not as strong as it should be. Some social sites I use include Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and LinkedIn. The problem is, I am not using these as much as I should be, which is something I’m gonna have to start doing, the closer I get to pursuing a career.

Like I said earlier, I do believe having a strong digital presence is key, in today’s society, for getting a job and quickly. Many employers are expecting you to have your own personal website, where your work can be viewed. Luckily, I do have my own personal website. The most important part, for that website, of course, is the portfolio because it displays just how talented you are as and individual.

The Break(out) is Upon Us


For students completing the Portfolio Class: You will need to have the following completed by May 16th at 10AM. If you do not have the following completed by this date, you cannot receive a passing grade in the course.

1. Resume and Cover Letter approved by Daniel Phelps.

2. Final Project Proposal approved by Michael Smith.

3. A final blog post which includes a URL pointing to your portfolio due on May 23rd at 10AM. You will be required to briefly present your portfolio on May 23rd 10AM.

For students completing their Final Project: You will need to present your project on May 23rd at 10AM. Prepare to talk about the the work completed during the semester as well as reflecting on your original intentions and process you went through. You will be afforded 10-15 minutes for your presentation.

As well you are required to have a final post in this blog due before your presentation on May 23rd at 10AM, without which you cannot receive a grade. The post must include the following:

1. Work Completed – You must give a detailed description of what you made as well as hyperlinks and embeds of the work. The description should include details about quantities, length, characters, content, locations, etc…

2. Process – What tools did you use and why? How did things work the way you wanted or not? If you were part of a group project, you must specify your particular contributions. You should be respectful of the group process, but try as to single out your individuality and how your contributions affected the direction of the project.

3. Reflection – What was the plan and what actually happened? What did you learn from the project you did not expect? What might you do differently from the beginning knowing what you discovered in making what you made?

Digital Identity

Like I said in a previous post, having a strong digital identity/presence is very important, especially in today’s work field. This goes double for me, being that I am looking to be a graphic designer/animator/web designer, which are careers that require a decent professional digital identity. Currently, my digital presence is not at the level it should be. Although, there are steps I am implementing in order to fix this.

Halt! Haus Internet Pass!



Castle Wolfenstein was a stealth based action adventure shooter game from the 80s I used to play as a kid. You were a spy trying to steal war plans from the Nazis in their secret command center inside Castle Wolfenstein. As you moved through the castle, guards would notice you and in an 8 bit voice yell, ‘Halt! Haus Pass.” At this point you had three options: shoot, run, or produce a forged pass. You also had the opportunity to disguise yourself as a guard for periods of time and run amok unnoticed.

I want to use Castle Wolfenstein as metaphor for the internet you’re exploring and in which you’re trying to find the secret plans for your digital identity, that will help you win…the war? No not the war, but the battle for ownership and control over your digital self. Think of the guard that asks for you credentials as one of many, many sites and social networks that demand information about yourself. Some of them require real names, some allow you to use pseudonyms. They gather enormous amounts of information about you, database it and hope to glean from it a better understanding of you than yourself. Think of it as the guard becoming interrogator.

I’d like you to become the interrogator now, not of others, but the web itself and your presence in it. How are you online and what is your ‘online pass’ that’s being presented. Are you in control of it? Do you want to be?

Consider your work here at York College and how early on you were asked to get a domain name and create a blog. Did you keep it? Why/why not? Why a domain of one’s own? Why social network profiles? Why craft a digital identity with a professional/academic purpose compared to a social one?

Look at the list of resources in both of the linked bookmark collections here and here. Chose one that speaks to your interests and concerns about crafting your digital identity. If there is not a resource in either of those two bookmark libraries, find one that does.

Use that resource to justify your digital identity plan. Will you intentionally craft one in support of your academic and professional goals? What will it look like? Use a piece of research as part of your justification.


Possibilities for the summer

1) The position that I am applying for is a web design intern for a beauty and hair company. I would like to intern here because I love the field of cosmetology and I get to show my webdesign skills as well.
2) This is also a graphic designer internship that is for the Viyet company. They have worked with some top designers and they want a person with a digital presence. I think I have the skills that they are looking for.
 3) This is a summer internship for a graphic designer and this is a paid internship. The company is located in Soho which is perfect because it is located near where I live. It is a VSA partners company that develops websites for companies.
 4),Job&jvs=Indeed&jvk=Job​: This is a position for web strategy and development intern. It is a summer internship for a book group company. This internship is also paid and it is only located in NYC.
My digital presence is really weak right now because I don’t have a portfolio online. I have facebook, twitter and instagram. I also have a website under my name but I don’t really have much work up that I have created. I need to work on my digital presence so I can get a good job in the future.

Pick Me, Pick Me, Pick Me?

Haz U Nice Job for me?

Below a set of notes taken of responses to the prompt of what are good presentations of self in social, academic and professional settings. Look over these notes and see if you find places of overlap.

For the next meeting you will need to prepare a draft resume based on a sample resume. I you already have one, try to reframe it based on the sample. Bring a paper and electronic copy of the resume. Don’t post online.

You will need to search for at least four possible locations that you would find interesting to intern. Finding internship opportunities – google creators of work you like and see if they’re in NYC or a have an affiliate in NYC. Search craigslist,,,

In a blog post, describe the locations you found and what opportunities are there or you believe you might discover. The goal is to find the best opportunity for yourself, some internships will look better based on the impression you get from the company or the individuals representing the company. Also, realize that ‘crewing up’ or free/low pay design work, can be an opportunity as well.

What is your current digital presence and what do you think it should be. Examples could include a domain of one’s own with a portfolio (reel, other sample work), social network presences that are public and could developed or curated into something a professional network would respect.


Respectful, Connect with others, Humor, Not sitting on the sidelines – gets involved, approachable, comfortable,
Sharing in online environments – likes, compliments, comments (good is as thorough/thoughtful, constructive), sense of others through photos, videos, Public vs. Private, Photos in open networks (instagram vs. private networks like Facebook).


Presenting work – quality of the work, documenting your process, describing your process. Types of work differ from social environments. Suddenly calling work? Versus photos and videos. Level of appropriateness of personal vs. academic? Contextualizing content vs. just presenting content.


Follows a strict set of guidelines. If there guidelines where do they come from? Freelancer Using copyrighted work with permission. Can academic work become professional work? A clean portfolio. THE RESUME AND IT’S LITTLE BROTHER THE COVER LETTER – CAN YOU WRITE, more personal, so therefore more personality, research the particular company and reframe your presentation, present some perspective about company, position, what you think you have to offer, could affect change, .