haley-thehuman: Hello! I was just searching online for shits and giggles to look into internships and job opportunities in Switzerland for graphic design and I came across your post... I'm sorry but I don't even know the website. But. I was wondering if you had had any luck? After graduation, I plan on moving to Switzerland where I have friends and obviously want to pursue a career in Design. I was just excited to hear about someone taking a similar route and would like to know what you have found out. Thanks!

Hey Haley!

Hm… interesting. Yes, I am currently looking for a design job in Europe, though I’ve more so been interested in places in Germany.

However, I did start searching a bit in Switzerland as well (you might have seen my post on a Lonely Planet forum, or ToytownGermany). Though, realistically, I found that it would be pretty difficult to obtain a position as an American in Switzerland unless you were AMAZING at graphic design and had a ton of experience. Europe has sort of an agreement as well between the countries that they must consider all other EU applicants before taking on anyone else with a foreign work permit. 

At the moment, I’m looking in Hamburg, Germany. I’ve had a lot of success (praise God) in making connections here in the city. So far, a few companies have really been interested in my work. One offered me a job contract, but there are also a lot of legal requirements to get someone hired (paperwork/permits/residence/etc.).

I can write you a more thorough account of the process when I have a bit more time (if you’d like). Just let me know. At the moment, I have to actually meet a business contact that could lead to a full-time job here in Germany. In the mean time, you can also view more of my work (and what I’ve been sending out to companies in Europe) at seanloomis.com

Hope you’re well and thanks for the message! 

This is a reblog of a post I did a while back… My first web project. 
NOTE: Not only does this site work on a desktop browser… it also has a separate stylesheet that allows it to be viewed on a mobile device (iPhone, Android, etc.). You can see the secondary stylesheet by dragging your browser window to the left until the site re-styles itself. SO RAD!
A HUGE credit to Erik Fadiman (instructor here at SCCA) for giving us the tools and inspiration (not to mention technical troubleshooting know-how) to start learning how to design for web and mobile devices!
The Link » http://edison.seattlecentral.edu/~sloomi01/psl/index.html «
Enjoy!
  • Wings of Alaska is a regional airline located in Juneau, Alaska. Their services include daily flights, charter, and flight-seeing trips around southeast Alaska. 
Objective
To re-brand a company with a comprehensive identity system (beginning with the logo)
Tools
Pencil, Pen, Paper, Adobe Illustrator, Pantone Solid Coated Color Swatchbook
Concept
A modern interpretation of the company that conveys crucial elements of the brand and that will hold up as an identity system with longevity. As part of the new face of the company, it was a goal to develop a logomark that would communicate distinctive aspects that are true to the company’s core values and brand including efficiency, speed, and safety. 
I have built out the entire identity system, but wanted to start by featuring the logo mark itself. In addition to the primary logomark (the first picture posted), it was also my desire to put forth secondary and tertiary logomarks that would be able to carry the brand in specific instances (such as printed ephemera, VIP charter services, and uniform/vehicle application). 
More on this project soon!

    Primary Logo Mark

  • Wings of Alaska is a regional airline located in Juneau, Alaska. Their services include daily flights, charter, and flight-seeing trips around southeast Alaska. 
Objective
To re-brand a company with a comprehensive identity system (beginning with the logo)
Tools
Pencil, Pen, Paper, Adobe Illustrator, Pantone Solid Coated Color Swatchbook
Concept
A modern interpretation of the company that conveys crucial elements of the brand and that will hold up as an identity system with longevity. As part of the new face of the company, it was a goal to develop a logomark that would communicate distinctive aspects that are true to the company’s core values and brand including efficiency, speed, and safety. 
I have built out the entire identity system, but wanted to start by featuring the logo mark itself. In addition to the primary logomark (the first picture posted), it was also my desire to put forth secondary and tertiary logomarks that would be able to carry the brand in specific instances (such as printed ephemera, VIP charter services, and uniform/vehicle application). 
More on this project soon!

    Secondary Logo Mark

  • Wings of Alaska is a regional airline located in Juneau, Alaska. Their services include daily flights, charter, and flight-seeing trips around southeast Alaska. 
Objective
To re-brand a company with a comprehensive identity system (beginning with the logo)
Tools
Pencil, Pen, Paper, Adobe Illustrator, Pantone Solid Coated Color Swatchbook
Concept
A modern interpretation of the company that conveys crucial elements of the brand and that will hold up as an identity system with longevity. As part of the new face of the company, it was a goal to develop a logomark that would communicate distinctive aspects that are true to the company’s core values and brand including efficiency, speed, and safety. 
I have built out the entire identity system, but wanted to start by featuring the logo mark itself. In addition to the primary logomark (the first picture posted), it was also my desire to put forth secondary and tertiary logomarks that would be able to carry the brand in specific instances (such as printed ephemera, VIP charter services, and uniform/vehicle application). 
More on this project soon!

    Tertiary Logo Mark

  • Objective:
To create an informational poster for the annual SCCA Open House Event
Tools:
Pen, Paper, Pencil, Adobe Illustrator, Nikon D50, Adobe Photoshop
For this poster, I was a bit unmotivated as far as the content or concept. So, I decided to try my hand at a bit of hipster magic and go for the desaturated, images in circles look that seems to be so trendy as of late. 
Couldn’t decide between a dark or lighter background though. Feedback?

    Second Poster Option

  • Objective:
To create an informational poster for the annual SCCA Open House Event
Tools:
Pen, Paper, Pencil, Adobe Illustrator, Nikon D50, Adobe Photoshop
For this poster, I was a bit unmotivated as far as the content or concept. So, I decided to try my hand at a bit of hipster magic and go for the desaturated, images in circles look that seems to be so trendy as of late. 
Couldn’t decide between a dark or lighter background though. Feedback?

    First Poster Option

Objective: Create an informational poster design RVCP’s school fundraiser.

Tools: Pencil, Paper, Pen, Ink, Type-Sources, my fingers and wrists, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator
This is a project that we will be screen printing soon, here at our facilities (well, based on whose poster design the school chooses). This was my first attempt at a hand-lettered, typography driven design. Not too shabby! 
2012 © Sean Loomis Design
Objective: Create an informational poster about (assigned person) for Black History Month
Tools: Pen, Pencil, Paper, Adobe Illustrator
Mr. Booker Taliaferro Washington (1856-1915) was an incredible man, steadfast christian, and notable figure in the entire movement for civil rights and equality in America. Most significantly, he contributed a great deal to providing education for African-American community and towards race-relations during his lifetime. The concept behind this poster was to allude to the quote and the idea of equality among all people. Utilizing the halftone pattern, the piece illustrates a sort of ambiguity between colors. Thus, conveying the hope for humankind to see past any distinctions of color or race, and rather view humanity from the larger perspective as parts of a whole. 
  • Here is a preview of one of my largest projects from last quarter, in the Editorial Design class. Objective:
To produce a complete re-design of an existing magazine. Tools: 
Pencil, Paper, Pen, Sumi-Ink, Sumi Brushes, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe PhotoshopAlthough one of my most arduous and complicated assignments as of yet, I thoroughly enjoyed working with layout spreads and editorial design.
Early on, I was able to collaborate with a photographer in the SCCA Photography program (Paris Gore). Not only is he incredibly talented, he also just happened to be a specialist in mountain biking photography. We were able to develop a product with 95% original material (other than the advertisements).That said, the project was all the more difficult since we were dealing with real content, and were trying to be as accurate and realistic as possible. Basically, what takes teams of people to produce (just on the design side), we were able to put together in under 2 months. In addition, I was also able to print and perfect bind the entire project using the school resources (pretty ridiculous). 
Here’s the current publication… improvement? 

    Mountain Bike Action Logotype

  • Here is a preview of one of my largest projects from last quarter, in the Editorial Design class. Objective:
To produce a complete re-design of an existing magazine. Tools: 
Pencil, Paper, Pen, Sumi-Ink, Sumi Brushes, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe PhotoshopAlthough one of my most arduous and complicated assignments as of yet, I thoroughly enjoyed working with layout spreads and editorial design.
Early on, I was able to collaborate with a photographer in the SCCA Photography program (Paris Gore). Not only is he incredibly talented, he also just happened to be a specialist in mountain biking photography. We were able to develop a product with 95% original material (other than the advertisements).That said, the project was all the more difficult since we were dealing with real content, and were trying to be as accurate and realistic as possible. Basically, what takes teams of people to produce (just on the design side), we were able to put together in under 2 months. In addition, I was also able to print and perfect bind the entire project using the school resources (pretty ridiculous). 
Here’s the current publication… improvement? 

    Mountain Bike Action Cover

  • Here is a preview of one of my largest projects from last quarter, in the Editorial Design class. Objective:
To produce a complete re-design of an existing magazine. Tools: 
Pencil, Paper, Pen, Sumi-Ink, Sumi Brushes, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe PhotoshopAlthough one of my most arduous and complicated assignments as of yet, I thoroughly enjoyed working with layout spreads and editorial design.
Early on, I was able to collaborate with a photographer in the SCCA Photography program (Paris Gore). Not only is he incredibly talented, he also just happened to be a specialist in mountain biking photography. We were able to develop a product with 95% original material (other than the advertisements).That said, the project was all the more difficult since we were dealing with real content, and were trying to be as accurate and realistic as possible. Basically, what takes teams of people to produce (just on the design side), we were able to put together in under 2 months. In addition, I was also able to print and perfect bind the entire project using the school resources (pretty ridiculous). 
Here’s the current publication… improvement? 

    Dirt-style Spread

  • Here is a preview of one of my largest projects from last quarter, in the Editorial Design class. Objective:
To produce a complete re-design of an existing magazine. Tools: 
Pencil, Paper, Pen, Sumi-Ink, Sumi Brushes, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe PhotoshopAlthough one of my most arduous and complicated assignments as of yet, I thoroughly enjoyed working with layout spreads and editorial design.
Early on, I was able to collaborate with a photographer in the SCCA Photography program (Paris Gore). Not only is he incredibly talented, he also just happened to be a specialist in mountain biking photography. We were able to develop a product with 95% original material (other than the advertisements).That said, the project was all the more difficult since we were dealing with real content, and were trying to be as accurate and realistic as possible. Basically, what takes teams of people to produce (just on the design side), we were able to put together in under 2 months. In addition, I was also able to print and perfect bind the entire project using the school resources (pretty ridiculous). 
Here’s the current publication… improvement? 

    Rider Profile Spread

My First Infographic! (woot)
For our Poster Design course this quarter, it was our task to create an infographic illustrating the relationship between the United States and another foreign country. After choosing a country (Germany), it was then probably the toughest thing to narrow down something that you could capture and convey in a small space. I chose to illustrate the significant number of the Americans that claim German ancestry. 
Tools: Illustrator, Pen, Pencil, Paper, Photoshop
A gigantic help in getting inspiration in layout and overall treatment of the graphics for infographics was the site Good. I HIGHLY recommend this site as a design and educational resource (plus, it’s just fascinating to browse through). 
Anyway, with that said, new projects start going up this week. I’ve been photographing and editing all of the assignments and design projects from last quarter before I post them to public. Check back in a day or two!
  • As a continuation of the branding project I will be doing for Seattle Central Community College’s new greenhouse (the Plant Science Lab), I have been working on skins for a website that might eventually be built (probably after this quarter’s Interactive Design class). Mostly working with Adobe Dreamweaver… should be interesting. 
Objective: To create an informational website that also leads the user to helpful links associated with gardening and plant care, as well as keeping people informed on the groups’ weekly updates. 
Client: Plant Science Lab
Tools: Adobe Photoshop, Pencil, Paper, Pen, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Lightroom
Again, these are just skins… We’ll see how realistic these layouts are for actual website development. I find it interesting how creative designers can get, and yet in the end, all these wonderful ideas must be practical enough to be coded. So happy our design program is teaching both ends of the spectrum (design, usability, and coding). 

BY THE WAY… Just had my first day of YR 2 at design school today. So long sweet summer!

    Home Page

  • As a continuation of the branding project I will be doing for Seattle Central Community College’s new greenhouse (the Plant Science Lab), I have been working on skins for a website that might eventually be built (probably after this quarter’s Interactive Design class). Mostly working with Adobe Dreamweaver… should be interesting. 
Objective: To create an informational website that also leads the user to helpful links associated with gardening and plant care, as well as keeping people informed on the groups’ weekly updates. 
Client: Plant Science Lab
Tools: Adobe Photoshop, Pencil, Paper, Pen, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Lightroom
Again, these are just skins… We’ll see how realistic these layouts are for actual website development. I find it interesting how creative designers can get, and yet in the end, all these wonderful ideas must be practical enough to be coded. So happy our design program is teaching both ends of the spectrum (design, usability, and coding). 

BY THE WAY… Just had my first day of YR 2 at design school today. So long sweet summer!

    Links Page

  • As a continuation of the branding project I will be doing for Seattle Central Community College’s new greenhouse (the Plant Science Lab), I have been working on skins for a website that might eventually be built (probably after this quarter’s Interactive Design class). Mostly working with Adobe Dreamweaver… should be interesting. 
Objective: To create an informational website that also leads the user to helpful links associated with gardening and plant care, as well as keeping people informed on the groups’ weekly updates. 
Client: Plant Science Lab
Tools: Adobe Photoshop, Pencil, Paper, Pen, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Lightroom
Again, these are just skins… We’ll see how realistic these layouts are for actual website development. I find it interesting how creative designers can get, and yet in the end, all these wonderful ideas must be practical enough to be coded. So happy our design program is teaching both ends of the spectrum (design, usability, and coding). 

BY THE WAY… Just had my first day of YR 2 at design school today. So long sweet summer!

    Blog Page

  • For my final project in my Packaging Design class at SCCA. Objective: To create an original line of products that may be seen as a group or line of products. Packaging design must be consistent throughout the brand and carry a thematic approach. 
Concept: Modern / Abstract 
Tools: Pencil, Paper, Crow Quill Calligraphy Pen, Black India Ink, Scanner, Adobe Illustrator

Seeing as this was my last project in the class, I definitely wanted to develop something that employed all the skills learned throughout the quarter. Additionally though, I was looking to create a portfolio-type product line that could be photographed well and would be easy to re-create. I really enjoyed the process to create the labels. After thumbnailing some initial design ideas, my instructor suggested using a crow quill pen to create the lines used on the packaging (really like this affect) and then scanning the hand drawn lines into the computer. Also, I think that the last little flourishes to the design (twine bow at the top and a stripe on the cap with the content size) happened VERY last minute, but added a ton to the aesthetic of the product line (sometimes, the best design comes out of me that way).
  • For my final project in my Packaging Design class at SCCA. Objective: To create an original line of products that may be seen as a group or line of products. Packaging design must be consistent throughout the brand and carry a thematic approach. 
Concept: Modern / Abstract 
Tools: Pencil, Paper, Crow Quill Calligraphy Pen, Black India Ink, Scanner, Adobe Illustrator

Seeing as this was my last project in the class, I definitely wanted to develop something that employed all the skills learned throughout the quarter. Additionally though, I was looking to create a portfolio-type product line that could be photographed well and would be easy to re-create. I really enjoyed the process to create the labels. After thumbnailing some initial design ideas, my instructor suggested using a crow quill pen to create the lines used on the packaging (really like this affect) and then scanning the hand drawn lines into the computer. Also, I think that the last little flourishes to the design (twine bow at the top and a stripe on the cap with the content size) happened VERY last minute, but added a ton to the aesthetic of the product line (sometimes, the best design comes out of me that way).
  • For my final project in my Packaging Design class at SCCA. Objective: To create an original line of products that may be seen as a group or line of products. Packaging design must be consistent throughout the brand and carry a thematic approach. 
Concept: Modern / Abstract 
Tools: Pencil, Paper, Crow Quill Calligraphy Pen, Black India Ink, Scanner, Adobe Illustrator

Seeing as this was my last project in the class, I definitely wanted to develop something that employed all the skills learned throughout the quarter. Additionally though, I was looking to create a portfolio-type product line that could be photographed well and would be easy to re-create. I really enjoyed the process to create the labels. After thumbnailing some initial design ideas, my instructor suggested using a crow quill pen to create the lines used on the packaging (really like this affect) and then scanning the hand drawn lines into the computer. Also, I think that the last little flourishes to the design (twine bow at the top and a stripe on the cap with the content size) happened VERY last minute, but added a ton to the aesthetic of the product line (sometimes, the best design comes out of me that way).
  • For my final project in my Packaging Design class at SCCA. Objective: To create an original line of products that may be seen as a group or line of products. Packaging design must be consistent throughout the brand and carry a thematic approach. 
Concept: Modern / Abstract 
Tools: Pencil, Paper, Crow Quill Calligraphy Pen, Black India Ink, Scanner, Adobe Illustrator

Seeing as this was my last project in the class, I definitely wanted to develop something that employed all the skills learned throughout the quarter. Additionally though, I was looking to create a portfolio-type product line that could be photographed well and would be easy to re-create. I really enjoyed the process to create the labels. After thumbnailing some initial design ideas, my instructor suggested using a crow quill pen to create the lines used on the packaging (really like this affect) and then scanning the hand drawn lines into the computer. Also, I think that the last little flourishes to the design (twine bow at the top and a stripe on the cap with the content size) happened VERY last minute, but added a ton to the aesthetic of the product line (sometimes, the best design comes out of me that way).
  • For my final project in my Packaging Design class at SCCA. Objective: To create an original line of products that may be seen as a group or line of products. Packaging design must be consistent throughout the brand and carry a thematic approach. 
Concept: Modern / Abstract 
Tools: Pencil, Paper, Crow Quill Calligraphy Pen, Black India Ink, Scanner, Adobe Illustrator

Seeing as this was my last project in the class, I definitely wanted to develop something that employed all the skills learned throughout the quarter. Additionally though, I was looking to create a portfolio-type product line that could be photographed well and would be easy to re-create. I really enjoyed the process to create the labels. After thumbnailing some initial design ideas, my instructor suggested using a crow quill pen to create the lines used on the packaging (really like this affect) and then scanning the hand drawn lines into the computer. Also, I think that the last little flourishes to the design (twine bow at the top and a stripe on the cap with the content size) happened VERY last minute, but added a ton to the aesthetic of the product line (sometimes, the best design comes out of me that way).
  • Totally forgot I had this… These next few pictures are part of a project that I completed for my User Interface Design class. The majority of the class was devoted to understanding the process of developing usable web/mobile interfaces (that were easy for the average individual to experience and follow).
This is just the aesthetic design and interface, not pictures of an actual application (though, we will be learning to develop this during this next year in our web classes). Also, I did develop the full framework for the task flow, but am only putting up a few of the application pages for now. Objective: 
Develop a mobile banking application for local credit union: BECU. Design the interface, being mindful of the current branding for the Credit Union. Then, set up an entire task flow for a typical user and create the iphone application pages necessary for completing the user’s task.
Task: 
To check an existing user’s checking account balance. 
Tools: 
Pre-existing mobile app .psd buttons (everyone does it…), Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Pencil, Pen, Paper

Another huge part of this process was not just developing the application, but doing user-research to find out what is already out there (competition) and what people want in a mobile banking application (usability). Crazy how much has to go into the thoughtful design of these minuscule applications.
Pictures
Application Main Screen
Login Homepage
Processing Information Pop-Up
Account Balance and Current Transactions

    Application Main Screen

  • Totally forgot I had this… These next few pictures are part of a project that I completed for my User Interface Design class. The majority of the class was devoted to understanding the process of developing usable web/mobile interfaces (that were easy for the average individual to experience and follow).
This is just the aesthetic design and interface, not pictures of an actual application (though, we will be learning to develop this during this next year in our web classes). Also, I did develop the full framework for the task flow, but am only putting up a few of the application pages for now. Objective: 
Develop a mobile banking application for local credit union: BECU. Design the interface, being mindful of the current branding for the Credit Union. Then, set up an entire task flow for a typical user and create the iphone application pages necessary for completing the user’s task.
Task: 
To check an existing user’s checking account balance. 
Tools: 
Pre-existing mobile app .psd buttons (everyone does it…), Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Pencil, Pen, Paper

Another huge part of this process was not just developing the application, but doing user-research to find out what is already out there (competition) and what people want in a mobile banking application (usability). Crazy how much has to go into the thoughtful design of these minuscule applications.
Pictures
Application Main Screen
Login Homepage
Processing Information Pop-Up
Account Balance and Current Transactions

    Login Homepage

  • Totally forgot I had this… These next few pictures are part of a project that I completed for my User Interface Design class. The majority of the class was devoted to understanding the process of developing usable web/mobile interfaces (that were easy for the average individual to experience and follow).
This is just the aesthetic design and interface, not pictures of an actual application (though, we will be learning to develop this during this next year in our web classes). Also, I did develop the full framework for the task flow, but am only putting up a few of the application pages for now. Objective: 
Develop a mobile banking application for local credit union: BECU. Design the interface, being mindful of the current branding for the Credit Union. Then, set up an entire task flow for a typical user and create the iphone application pages necessary for completing the user’s task.
Task: 
To check an existing user’s checking account balance. 
Tools: 
Pre-existing mobile app .psd buttons (everyone does it…), Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Pencil, Pen, Paper

Another huge part of this process was not just developing the application, but doing user-research to find out what is already out there (competition) and what people want in a mobile banking application (usability). Crazy how much has to go into the thoughtful design of these minuscule applications.
Pictures
Application Main Screen
Login Homepage
Processing Information Pop-Up
Account Balance and Current Transactions

    "Processing Information" Pop-Up

  • Totally forgot I had this… These next few pictures are part of a project that I completed for my User Interface Design class. The majority of the class was devoted to understanding the process of developing usable web/mobile interfaces (that were easy for the average individual to experience and follow).
This is just the aesthetic design and interface, not pictures of an actual application (though, we will be learning to develop this during this next year in our web classes). Also, I did develop the full framework for the task flow, but am only putting up a few of the application pages for now. Objective: 
Develop a mobile banking application for local credit union: BECU. Design the interface, being mindful of the current branding for the Credit Union. Then, set up an entire task flow for a typical user and create the iphone application pages necessary for completing the user’s task.
Task: 
To check an existing user’s checking account balance. 
Tools: 
Pre-existing mobile app .psd buttons (everyone does it…), Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Pencil, Pen, Paper

Another huge part of this process was not just developing the application, but doing user-research to find out what is already out there (competition) and what people want in a mobile banking application (usability). Crazy how much has to go into the thoughtful design of these minuscule applications.
Pictures
Application Main Screen
Login Homepage
Processing Information Pop-Up
Account Balance and Current Transactions

    Account Balance and Current Transactions

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