Hello! Thank you for landing on my website. My name is Camille Jean Baptiste and I am a passionate graphic designer. Having spent time looking at the different services that both graphic designers, and web designers, offer to their clients, I was unable to read specific details about the types of people that they were, and the types of service that they offered. Hence the need for my webpage: a solution that tells you who you will be working with, and what I can offer to you.
I first realised that I had a natural flair for graphic design when I was just 9 years old. I realised that I had a unique, natural talent for drawing cartoons. Whilst at school, I started to draw cartoons in the back of my exercise books and was surprised at the level of detail and realistic qualities that I had produced. I felt like I had really bought my characters to life! It certainly made a change from the lessons I was sitting through and – although perhaps indirectly – my schooldays still allowed me to learn what I could do in life!
I needed to test how good my talents were, however, so I started showing other friends in my class. They were so impressed that they asked me to draw some for them. Feeling that I had a gift that no one else had, I but the business side of my brain to use and started charging 50p per drawing. If only the school projects were as interesting and educational as this one?!
Due to popular demand, I decided to organise my business affairs and hired myself a secretary (my good friend at the time). She had just started a business selling nail accessories and I offered to create a brand for her. Soon my clients were in order…that is until the teacher found out and I was banned from making money in the school environment!
I decided that I would nurture my talents further when I went to college. I applied for photography, 3d modelling and rigging, board game design and illustration. You might think that this range of subjects would be enough to keep me occupied, but I knew that it wasn’t quite the right niche for me. So, I decided to learn some of the more traditional arts and drawing techniques. Not wanting to rest on my laurels (and keep up to date with a more modern way of living), I learnt how to use ‘Flash’ and ‘Photoshop’ – software that I knew was being used in the real-life world of industry.
The natural progression from there was to move on to web design. I wanted to do something that would help me to make a living, and fulfil my passion, which was to have a successful career in design. I made a conscious to seek out clients from all sectors, from a van and man company and even leather cleaning!
Later I learnt how to use coding, and adapted my ways of working to suit the needs of each business. Since that time, I have never looked back! So, here I am today, ready to help your business!
Technology is constantly evolving to reflect changing tastes for internet users and designers of web pages. As such, the trends in the way that websites appear to users is also rapidly changing. For web designers, it is important that they keep up to date with this change in technology and the contemporary trends that relate to their field of work. One way of keeping up to date, is by constantly scouting the sites that are already out there, and comparing them with older sites. Alternatively, you might prefer to visit one source that gives you all of the information that you need. Here are the current trends in the web design industry, broken down by topic.
User Interface (UI) patterns
Due to the ease of using a free software creation tool, that does most of the hard work for you – many UI patterns have become similar. But there is another reason why UI patterns are repeated so frequently. As we access websites on such a range of devices, designers have had to change to ‘responsive design’ and use standard patterns to do this. The types of features we see with common UI patterns include account registration screens, card layouts and what have been labelled ‘hero images’ – those banners that appear right in front of you when you enter a screen.
No website is complete without some interesting, attractive animations. When you look into their detail, you will find that there are a large range of animation types, which include large-scale, loading, small-scale, scrolling, galleries and slideshows, hover and navigation animations.
‘Material design’ websites
The material design is one which brings the page to life! When you look at a webpage, which has been stylishly designed, and looks extremely realistic – you are looking at a page with a material design. Some of the common features that you will spot on material designs include shadows. Tools, resources and theory have all been merged into effective material designs, which enable viewers to immerse themselves into a fully interactive digital experience! For outstanding examples of a material design websites, check out British Institute of Lasers, We Heart Nails!, Just Personalise and Zarax
Designs that are able to respond to the device that they are being viewed upon are immensely popular at the moment because they accommodate the wide range of screen sizes that viewers have. Responsive design allows objects and images to automatically re-format on different devices, making the design type an extremely useful one. This is especially important for businesses that are always on the go. Click here to see a great example of a responsive site.
A flat design, is one which is more traditional. However, because of how they appear when viewing a webpage, they remain popular and are likely to do so for the foreseeable future. Typical elements that make up a webpage with a flat design, include colours, simple typefaces, ghost buttons (the ones which change into something else, or disappear when you hover the cursor over them), and minimalistic design types.