Dear Namecheap,

I’d like to express my interest in your illustration & design position. I’ve put this page together to illustrate why I think I’m a good fit. 



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I’m excited to apply, as I think this role suits my background in brand illustration, brand design, and experience working remotely. Currently I am based in Berlin, Germany.

I’m a practiced technical illustrator for web and print, with 5+ years of experience. Recent projects include an infographic poster for Lyft, a cover feature on artificial intelligence in Think:Act Magazine (for Axel Springer), and numerous science-related projects in collaboration with Sandbox Studio. My clients include US Department of Energy, CERN, SLAC, Fermilab, Japan’s High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), Know Your Company, Quanta Magazine, Crack Magazine, Symmetry Magazine, and various startups. 

I also have a seasoned process for remote collaboration, as I’ve primarily worked remotely with all of my clients over the past few years. 

Before transitioning my primary focus to illustration, I worked for 2 years as a UI/UX designer in Chicago, completing product design projects for One Design, Digital Intent, as a Design Hackstar at Techstars Chicago cohort of 2014 (where I juggled working on 10 companies simultaneously), and independently for various startups. I’ve also completed General Assembly’s Front-End Development course.



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Below I’ve outlined how my experience fits the specific demands of the job, with relevant project examples. Based on the role description, I’m addressing the following categories: brand illustration (1), branding (2), and narrative/technical illustration (3).


I’m comfortable illustrating for an existing brand.


Lyft has an internal department for onboarding new drivers and driver support. For a recent project Lyft asked me to create a poster for this department, using illustrations and staff-sourced tips. It was important to communicate the four pillars of conduct (Welcome, Connect, Support, Delight) with respective tips, and the onboarding sequence, while keeping the tone fun and casual rather than oppressive or corporate. The poster is currently in production to be printed in A1 format and displayed in Lyft offices across the US.

I based my design on a style guide shared by Lyft (pictured partially)



Poster




Detail










I’ve created custom illustration styles for brands.


I’ve also developed brands from the ground-up and across media contexts. In 2016 I designed logos and visual identity for sister apps Stridekick and Movespring, including a custom illustration style.












I’m regularly illustrating technical and narrative content.


As a science illustrator, I work with information that might be dense or technical, developing concepts for hard-to-visualize things like certain areas of theoretical physics. I believe I can put this experience to good use to tell stories for Namecheap that might have to do with technology or the web in general.

Below are a few recent examples of my illustration work for web and print.

The DUNE neutrino experiment (Symmetry)


Citizen scientists join search for gravitational waves with LIGO (Symmetry)



Neutron star collision lights up the sky (Quanta)




Exploring the fabric of the universe (International Linear Collider, print)







The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)
 








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Aside from the work I’ve compiled here, you can check out my instagram and other work currently displayed on this website.

As my style expression ranges from technical-minimal to more deconstructed and organic, I’m confident that I could strike the right balance for Namecheap conceptually and visually in collaboration with your team. 

I would be thrilled if you consider working with me. 

Sincerely,
Ana


You can email me at ana@anakova.com to get in touch, and find additional contact details inside my resume.
 
Download my resume (PDF).


US Department of Energy, 2017
Extreme States of Matter & Plasmas



US Department Of Energy, 2016
Section of a brochure on plasma science



Same Cloth
Personal Work, 2017



Blockchains
Personal Work, 2017



Copyright Ana Kova 2018 — Berlin, Germany