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Posted at August 19, 2014 by admin

Celebrating Creative Women: Jen Sherratt, Head Retoucher

Week 7, Purple chat to Jen Sherratt, Head Retoucher at French Connection.

French Connection is a UK-based global retailer and wholesaler of fashion clothing, accessories and homewareSapient. Jen is the Head Retoucher,  which involves managing the creative and e-commerce side of retouching.

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What does an average day at French Connection look like?
Each day at FC is  different, which is great as many ecomm brands have a really repetitive work flow.

French Connection pride themselves on being creative. Luckily in our team we get to work on a variety of projects, from editorial fashion shots for press look books, to creative compositions for online features, so we rarely have two days that are the same.

What career path lead to your current role?
Initially I planned to be a fashion photographer. However when finishing my degree I realised I had always favoured the post production side rather than actually taking the photo. From this point on I started applying for retouching roles.

I started at FC as a junior and had a great boss who taught me so much in a really short space of time. I found myself wanting to learn more, and I guess this confirmed that the directon I was heading down, was the right one for me!

What has been the biggest struggle in your career?
For me the biggest struggle had been juggling the work load. Things tend to happen really quickly around here. I can start a day thinking we are going to be quiet and within the space of an hour I can have the next two days booked up.

What is your favourite thing about your role? 
I really love working for a brand that is willing to push boundaries and be creative. We have a really talented team on the e-commerce side, being surrounded by so many great creatives helps make my job so enjoyable. The other thing I really like about my role is not knowing what sort of imagery you are going to get next.

What advice would you give to a younger self coming into the world of creative?
My advice would be to keep active with regards to learning and improving your portfolio! There are so many great sites where you can watch tutorials. There is always more to learn…

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Posted at August 18, 2014 by admin

Kicking off the Season

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The sun was shining the grass was crisp the beer was being poured – nothing beats the first day of the football season! Located close to the ground – Purple are very fond of our local team Arsenal, so much so, we have 4 club level season tickets which we, along with clients and candidates will be able to enjoy throughout the coming months!

Our Director Matt and Senior Freelance Consultant Karan bagged the tickets for the first game and took along Alan White, Operations Director at The Brand Union and Sophie Lengui, Studio Manager at Fitch to make the most of Purple’s hospitality.

Highbury and Islington is a bustling area all week long but on match day there is always an extra buzz of excitement.  For pre-match grub, the very famous Cannonbury was chosen to fill their tummy’s and enjoy a few pints to get them in the mood. They headed into the ground for the 5:30 kick off and took their seats.

After last season’s opening match – where Arsenal lost 3-1, there was a lot of anticipation to see how they would begin this Summer! Crystal Palace played well and an early goal saw them take the lead. Arsenal were hot on their heels and equalised before half time! It took a late goal in the second half from  Arsenal to clinch the deal and the game ended with a win for the Gunners!

A brilliant day was had by  all, it was the perfect opportunity to socialise with our brilliant clients and continue to strengthen our existing relationships.

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Posted at August 15, 2014 by admin

The New Guy

Purple are thrilled to welcome yet another chap to our growing family of creative recruiters. Jordan Tritschler joined the team last week but it already feels like he has been here all along.jt 2

A very brief career history…
After leaving school, Jordan ventured into the world of recruitment. It was clear from the outset he had the charm and the chatter that would see him do well in this industry.  He now has 4 years’ experience under his belt, which includes 2 years of UX and Design recruitment which he is now specialising in at Purple.

Why  “Creative”?
Jordan is very passionate about creative and market that we work in. He tells me that it’s the brilliant work that he gets to see every day that makes the job so enjoyable, as well as the great people and talented individuals you get to meet.

Hobbies and Interests?
In his spare time, Jordan likes to read and learn new things. He is a massive golf fan and loves his football – especially Arsenal! Alongside these more chilled pastimes Jordan is a secret adrenaline junkie!

3 items you would take on a desert island?
It seems Jordan is a bit of a ‘Bear Grylls’ on the quiet, as his “must have” items on a desert island would be a spear and a compass (clearly he has done this before) and when he is bored of discovering and hunting he would like to have a golf set with endless golf balls .

Connect with Jordan now on LinkedIn and Twitter

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Posted at August 14, 2014 by admin

Become a Guru in 3D Modelling and Animation

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Are you already skilled in Maxon Cinema 4D? You can become a guru in 3D modelling and animation with a Cinema 4D MasterClass from Academy Class, training experts.

They have just released a new Cinema 4D MasterClass course where you can learn how to take your work results to the top level. In just three days of concentrated intensive course you will get to master shading, lighting and rendering to create the best possible 3D scenes.

The course is primarily focused on lighting with manual methods but also teaches the advantages of Global Illumination in Cinema4D R15. Practical content will be taught with hands-on-projects which participants can take away.

The highest quality of training is guaranteed. The Cinema 4D MasterClass is taught by Mark Potocnik – a Maxon Certified instructor with more than 17 years of experience in communication and design technologies. Mark works with some of the biggest companies out there such as BMW, Audi, Nokia, Siemens and many others.

Click here to find out more and book your space!

As well as the Cinema 4d MasterClass, there a  number of other excellent Maxon Cinema 4D training courses, each designed to aid you in expanding your 3D horizons and try out new features that you did not even know Maxon Cinema 4D had. These tutorials are prepared to enhance not only your skillfulness but also your earning potential as a 4D expert.

Click here to find out what else is on offer!

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Posted at August 11, 2014 by admin

Do’s and Don’ts of Freelance

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Do contribute your own ideas, just because you are freelance it doesn’t mean your input is not valid, sometimes an outsiders perspective is helpful so always share your suggestions.

Don’t listen to your iPad – it really annoys clients when freelancers sit with their headphones in. When you are working in an office/studio environment make sure you interact and appear approachable.

Do socialise, if you are invited out for drinks with colleagues go along! It is important to interact with fellow freelancers and to engage in social interaction with colleagues.

Don’t be a sloppy dresser, ensure that the first impression you make it the right one!

Do finish the project, don’t leave on the dot when your day is finished! The nature of freelance is that you are expected to stay until the project is completed.

Don’t work from home, many designers seem to prefer to work from home, but clients would always rather have you onsite for better communication and a more integrated input to the project.

Do respect colleagues, whether they are a fellow freelancer or a full time employee you should show everyone the upmost respect, just because you are there for a contracted period, it doesn’t mean you won’t work with them elsewhere in the future.

Don’t brag about your day rate, it is not professional and your salary is no one else’s business.

Do take constructive criticism, even if you have been senior in the past you need to learn to take constructive criticism from your peers. Don’t get discouraged; it is  is a key part of any job.

Don’t bad mouth other companies, you should be professional at all times and respect every company you work for.

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