Dear G3 Communications,

My name is Ana Kova, I’m a freelance graphic designer and illustrator with a focus in science and technology communication. I’d like to express my interest in your Graphic Designer position. 


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I’m excited to apply, as I believe this role suits my design background in infographics, presentation design, and data visualization, as well as experience working remotely.

I have 5+ years of experience working as a contract and freelance designer for studios and clients directly. I’ve completed both web and print projects in branding, infographics, product design, UX design, illustration, presentation design, and animated storytelling. I’ve also completed the General Assembly’s Front End Development course.

Recent projects include an infographic poster for Lyft, a cover feature on artificial intelligence in Think:Act Magazine (for Axel Springer), numerous science-related projects in collaboration with Sandbox Studio. As a product designer I’ve completed projects for One Design Company, Digital Intent, and Techstars Chicago cohort of 2014 (where I juggled working on 10 companies and their demo day presentations), and independently for various startups.

As a result of my work in product design I tend to approach every project strategically, taking time to outline crear goals, considering symbolic narratives, and prototype-testing variations where it makes sense.

Being practiced at balancing many different projects and clients simultaneously, I’m confident that I can tackle the demands of this role with G3 Communications.


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Below I’ve outlined how my experience fits specializations in infographics/data vis and presentation design. However I additionally have experience in motion graphics. 



I frequently work in infographics and data visualization, as well as technical narrative illustration.


As a science communicator, 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 G3 Communications.

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

LHC cooling system infographic for US Dept of Energy



Data visualization for ISTC 



The DUNE neutrino experiment (Symmetry)



Neutron star collision lights up the sky (Quanta)



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












Plasma: at the frontier of scientific discovery (US Department of Energy, print)









The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)









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 have in-depth experience designing presentations.



I’ve made presentations for raising investment, sales, or explanatory purposes. In 2014 I worked as a staff designer at Techstars Chicago, where I created demo day pitch decks for the year’s cohort of startups. CEO Troy Henikoff wrote the following when I asked him for a reference:

"Ana joined us as a Hackstar at Techstars and far exceeded my expectations. She has the perfect balance between perfectionism and getting things done quickly. She worked tirelessly helping our 10 companies prepare for Demo Day and was able to manage all the conflicting priorities and deliver amazing results in a very short time. I look forward to working with her again in the future!”

You can look at some of the animated Keynotes I’ve created in this dropbox folder. I typically worked within the visual language of a given brand.


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Let me know if you’d like to see more of any particular kind of work, as my instagram and this portfolio are focused chiefly around science communication. 

In all future work I’d like to continue experimenting with visual language across different media contexts, pushing both content clarity and aesthetic form. This role at G3 Communications sounds like a perfect opportunity for me to pursue this goal.

I would be thrilled if you consider working with me, and hope to hear from you soon.

Best,
Ana

Copyright Ana Kova 2018 — Earth, The Solar System, Milky Way, Laniakea