I began my first placement of my DPS year in September at Planning Unit in London’s Dalston. In my time here I have worked on a variety of different projects, from designing the title sequence for a series of short films, through to designing an icon suite for a tech startup. I have thoroughly enjoyed working in the studio environment, and have been fortunate enough to work directly with the Partners’ of the studio who have given me insight into the intricacies of managing and producing quality design.
The studio constantly works on a plethora of different projects, some which come and go on a day-to-day basis, and others that the studio have been working on for years. This has meant that everyday has been different, with new challenges and constant briefs; from contributing to a successful tender in which my research and mood boards contributed to the final presentation to working on Planning Unit’s new Tumblr site which will launch in the coming months. Most importantly, I have learned the importance of constant reflection on my design and seeking other opinions throughout the design process.
I have been fortunate enough to be treated as a member of the Planning Unit team. This has extended to attending events at the DNAD with future events planned with the team at the likes of the V&A and Fedrigoni in the upcoming weeks. As my internship draws to a close in December I am looking forward to my future placements, and hope that they are as enjoyable an experience as I’ve had at Planning Unit (not to mention Seamus the Planning Unit Dog) who has provided the warm enthusiasm that only a fluffy dog can.
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