What does "eyeEmotion" stand for?
Because of my url, people seem to get confused what eyeEmotion is about. They stumble on the double 'e' in the url. For me unfortunatly, eye-emotion.be was already taken at the time. And the important thing to note is, eyemotion (so with just a single 'e') wasn't an option. Because it isn't about the motion of the eye. EyeEmotion is about the emotion you perceive through the eyes. In my designs, I always try to set a feeling, a theme, an emotion that can be evoked. And that is what it is about.
So for my url, I had to go with the double 'e'. My solution is writing the 'e' of emotion with a capital E, as in "eyeEmotion".
Where are my skills @?
Maybe you've already noticed, but my skills are mainly of a visual nature, mixed with programming-skills. On the programming part, I've taken a bit of a step back. Programming isn't my fulltime thing anymore. I can program, but not to the level of someone who programs everyday. But it still depends. Programmers who do the same sets of programming each day, I can easily match. Those who do different kinds of coding on a daily basis is a bit tougher to match.
I've also had jobs where planning and coördination was part, or was becoming part, of my job-description. I was good at it, once I got through the boring part of doing the same thing over and over again as a software tester.
Now where I shine at, is the visual department. Anything visual (even making clothes). Graphics for web, print, video, ... . It never gets boring and there is always something new to learn or to try out. I don't like copy/paste work or standardized design. If I'm not challenged in the right way, I can get bored quite quickly. I may have "strange" ideas, which can initially be "scary" to hear. But once something is getting shape to a point where people finally get it, I'm glad people are still able to open up to real design. And that is what I want: put the fun-factor back into design.
Who am I?
Well, I'm a very creative person, both in a visual and logical way. I like logics and it is always fun finding solutions just by using logic. And I'm just good at it :). Also one of the reasons why I got a professional bachelor in IT.
I'm also a very visual minded person. I can comprehend things better when I visualize them. At high-school, I did electro-technics. Most of the time I only learned the schematics and that was enough to pull some full paragraphs of explanations for the exams. So didn't had much to learn, just take mental pictures. Same with college, everything logic-based was... well... logic :). Programming was easy and was always chapters ahead. Group tasks we got, that would consist of 3 to 4 people, I did on my own and still managed to be with the top of the class. While I still went to the gym on a daily basis and learned myself Photoshop and Flash.
I actually breezed throughout my school "career" (except for the subjects that didn't interest me at all), and maintained (very) high scores.
My passion has always been graphics and drawing. As a little person I was drawing my own little worlds. I was actually quite good for my age. But my parents didn't believe such things could bring you a job you could live from. So I was never allowed to go to Art-school and ended up learning and doing everything on my own. Luckily internet came and provided a lot of tutorials. And before you knew it, I know almost the entire Adobe package for web, print, photo, drawing and video. So to all tutorial creators, "Thank you very much!". And in a way, I'm kind of glad I didn't go to Art-school. It keeps my designing skills unique to me... myself.
I noticed I learned better on my own than listening to someones rigid explanation. I always had more questions they couldn't answer. Just give me the general overview and I'll figure the rest out.
I'm no "one-trick pony" either. When I'm "working for my own", I'm always experimenting: "What is possible, what is not?", "If I do this, what happens? And what if I do it the other way, would it make a difference?". I know a lot because I'm not afraid to try things in different ways (to some, strange ways). And I view things from different angles.
What am I to other people?
A question that is asked a lot, from a viewpoint that you are what people perceive you are. In theory that might work, but in practice, it's a failed theory. Especially in these days, where time is all important and we don't take the time to know people. So we end up stereotyping people. We say what people are within the first 5 seconds of what we see, sticking to these stereotypes.
And therein lies the problem. Visual wise, I have been "different people". Internally, I've always been the same: friendly, shy, intelligent (sometimes apparently too much for my own good), good-hearted, helpful, understanding, respectful, ... . But visually, I have been a "computernerd", I have been a though looking guy you wouldn't want to mess with, and now... I am woman, I am transgender. And people treat you at what you are, not who you are. As a "computernerd", I was considered smart, intelligent and going places. As a tattoo'd muscled "though guy", I basicly was being treated as a criminal and pushed into jobs not suitable for someone with a bachelor degree in IT (while there was/is a shortage). And as a woman, I'm treated in a gentle and more understanding way... until they realize I'm not born as a woman, but transgender. All of a sudden, it doesn't matter what my skills are, what my intelligent level is, how good I am at things. The only thing that seems to matter is that I am transgender and that isn't what most want to be confronted with on a daily basis. Suddenly, because of political correctness, I'm too good for the job and should seek employment elsewhere.
So here I am, having all these skills and I have almost 0 chances on the labor market because people find it more important about the way you look (although I look very decent as a woman) than what I am capable of. The right job for me, only seem to depend on coincidance/chance. The chance that one employer is more interested in my skills than the way I look. And the one that doesn't see my situation as one to exploit. Which sadly, has happened in the past. I want an employer like I had in the past, Luc Buntinx. He didn't care about my tattoo's, he didn't care I didn't look like the typical "computernerd". The only thing he cared was: "Are your skills real and are you able to do the job". And it turned out we could trust one and other, which is a great base for a collaboration. Sadly, by circumstances, the company went down (while we were making succes, strangly enough). I've actually never met his match, but hoping there are still employers out there that think and handle the way he does.
But... this is a portfolio, right?
Yes it is. And as you'll see, you'll find stuff I made here. But this portfolio isn't just about what I can, but who I am as a person. Because, as I said earlier, people perceive me in a wrong way. And I want people to hire me for my skills, but to also be aware of what kind of person I really am and not what people think I am or should be. My skills are also part of my personality. I wasn't able to have these skills if I wasn't the person that I am.
"Don't judge a book by it's cover". I like a good cover as anyone else, otherwise I wouldn't be in the bussiness of visual design :). But the cover shouldn't be the substitute for the contents and we shouldn't judge the content based on the cover.