The Design Portfolio That Got me Freelance Work and Jobs – Review Part 2

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Matthew Encina reviews 20 years of his art and design portfolio work from high school till now. See his portfolios throughout his entire career. From graduating from ArtCenter, and then going on to own his own company, freelancing, and eventually becoming a creative director at Blind.

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0:00 – Matthew Encina, as a young artist and designer
1:32 – Starting my design studio, BORN in 2007
2:33 – Greg Gunn and the 3 Legged Legs, 2006
3:58 – BORN Summer reel 2007
7:12 – How the market crash affected my business in 2008
9:43 – How to deal with failure
11:53 – Becoming a freelance designer, 2009
13:06 – The work Matthew Encina was doing as a freelance motion designer
16:37 – How to be a successful freelance designer
18:10 – If freelance is good, why go staff?
19:29 – Becoming a young creative director in advertising, 2011
21:00 – I don’t know how to talk to clients and direct my team
22:13 – Why it’s important to learn how to communicate as a designer
22:40 – Turning gaps and shortcomings into opportunities
23:42 – The first projects I’ve done as a creative director
24:14 – Working for JK Rowling and Playstation
28:05 – The later years of being a creative director, 2014
29:10 – Working with Coldplay
30:10 – The process of working on an interactive music video
31:54 – Playing video games lead to the biggest opportunities
32:27 – Working with Xbox
36:18 – Reflecting on 20 years of creating, failing, and learning
38:51 – Matthew Encina, what’s next?

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Social handle: @matthewencina
YouTube Channel: @Matthew Encina
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Adam Bluming –
Blind –
Mirada –
Logan –

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