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Help me find two subjects I can write on for a job application.
June 24, 2014 10:34 PM   Subscribe

I am submitting an application for a graphic design position and they are asking for design portfolios and two pieces of writing. I have no writing to give them. What the hell do I write about? I don't want to put a ton of time into researching topics so I can write about them but, seriously, I got nothing. I am a good writer with no outlet. Help!
posted by Foam Pants to Work & Money (8 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
 
Describe how to do something you know how to do; bake a cake, change a tire, walk to the store. If you have a hobby, describe some aspect of that; "Here's how you prep a canvas" "How to scale a fish", but don't worry about it being something "new and exciting". They're probably not looking for the next Great American Novel, they want to see that you can arrange your thoughts in a coherent manner, use English effectively, and communicate information well.
posted by The otter lady at 10:51 PM on June 24


Write what you know.

1. Write about the history of your favorite font. So many good ones out there.
2. Steal an idea from Anne Lamott and write about your school lunch. Or some childhood adventure. Or a personal anecdote.

Try to aim for 250 words each, and edit them carefully.
posted by mochapickle at 11:03 PM on June 24 [2 favorites]


I would write at least one of them about a graphic design project you did that you found interesting. Like "my client was a fishing equipment chain, and they wanted something that screamed 'modern.' The challenge was no more insurmountable than others I'd dealt with, but for a week nothing came to me, until one night I saw in a dream…" or "the strangest assignment I ever got was to create a logo for a new brand of dog sunglasses..." I mean, just tell something true, and interesting, that also helps them understand you as a graphic designer. Then the other one can be something tangentially relevant, like the history of your favorite font as mochapickle suggested. (I would stay away from anything totally irrelevant to the job.)
posted by fingersandtoes at 11:26 PM on June 24 [2 favorites]


I just looked through your favorited posts and found several things you could use if you got stuck. Here's an example that seems to demonstrate that you are both colorfully expressive and awe-inspiringly organized.

(A tiny bit of editing could make it even better, but I think it's really good.)
posted by amtho at 11:38 PM on June 24 [4 favorites]


I like this one also, even though it's short.

The context - just a casual comment on Metafilter - makes the fact that you are thinking in numbered points even more significant.
posted by amtho at 11:40 PM on June 24


Describe how to do something you know how to do; bake a cake, change a tire, walk to the store.

Not quite.

You have a portfolio. Take a piece, or several pieces and write about them. Go on and on about how the font you chose worked best because you were trying to bring out the rococo out of the piece, and thats why it worked best with the "Prada" brand.

Defend your work and talk about why its more pimp than anything they have ever seen.

If your writing sample is about baking a cake, you best be applying for baker.
posted by hal_c_on at 11:55 PM on June 24 [1 favorite]


You'll be fine.

I'm a decent writer, all modesty aside - pm me a sample and i'll tell you if it needs more work and how to touch it up (and I'm sure there are lots of other mefites who'd do the same).
posted by Sebmojo at 12:13 AM on June 25


How you pick colors
How you pick fonts
What makes for a good design
Why you became a graphic designer
How you became a graphic designer
What you love about being a graphic designer
What makes for a good graphic designer
posted by Dansaman at 8:18 AM on June 25 [1 favorite]


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