Dear Team at Trim,

I’d like to express my interest in your part-time remote Designer/Illustrator 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 illustrating for digital products and experience working remotely. 

Before transitioning my primary focus to illustration and information design, 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 with 10 companies), and independently for various startups. I’ve also completed General Assembly’s Front-End Development course. Because of my product design background I tend to adopt a strategic approach to illustration, taking time to develop goal-oriented visual narratives whether for marketing purposes or educational.

I’m a practiced technical illustrator, 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. Other 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.


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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: UI and product illustration (1), brand illustration (2), strategic illustration (3).


1 - Product illustration


In 2016 I designed the visual identity for sister apps Stridekick and Movespring, including an illustration-centric UI style. I then created a series of in-app graphics, icons, and backgrounds.











2 - Brand illustration


I’m comfortable illustrating within the framework of 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









3 - Strategic illustration


As a science illustrator, I work with information that might be dense or technical, developing visual concepts for hard-to-visualize things like certain areas of theoretical physics. I believe I can put this experience to good use for Trim whenever you need visual storytelling or infographic based content.

Below are a few recent examples of my science-related work for web and print.

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







The Large Hadron Collider cooling system infographic (Symmetry Magazine)



The Large Hadron Collider, cross-section


The DUNE neutrino experiment (Symmetry Magazine)



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.

I’m confident that I could strike the right balance for Trim conceptually and strategically as a designer-illustrator 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, and find additional contact details inside my resume.
 
Download my resume (PDF).


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