Intern to Creative Director – Design Portfolio Review w/ Tom Crate

How does one go from being an intern to working on a project for Nike? How do you present to clients? How can you find a job that you like and that’s also creatively fulfilling?

In this interview we’re talking to Tom Crate. He shares how we was able to move up the ladder at his company, how he presents ideas to clients, why you should keep your clients in the loop, and he shares his work throughout the years that led him to where he is today.

Tom is an award winning motion designer and director with more than 20 years experience of designing, animating filming and editing. He’s also a teacher, coach, speaker, sporadic blog writer and full time weirdo (his words). He puts his heart into everything he does. Especially the weirdo part.

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00:00 – Start
1:13 – Tom’s 2006 Reel
3:00 -Tom’s 2008 Reel
4:14 – Tom’s 2018 Reel
6:30 – If you’re the smartest person in the room then it’s time to leave
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9:00 – Rockzilla, Tom’s best piece of motion design
10:30 – Don’t look at all of your creative fulfillment on your job
12:00 – Tom’s process work for a cinema logo identity
14:30 – keep your clients in the loop
15:40 – How tom would present his ideas
21:37 – How the cinema logo identity came out
25:40 – Tom’s project with Nike
27:00 – How Tom got the job with Nike
29:00 – Matthew’s Recap
31:00 – Where to find more about Tom

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