Yeah so far it's alright
Graphic & Media Design
Two months into DPS and life cannot get any better.
I started sending out my application and portfolio before summer holiday has even started. As August was getting closer, I found myself in the middle of panic and confusion - I applied early, I have a decent portfolio, I was organised… what could’ve possibly gone wrong? The result of sending out over 60 internship applications was nothing but stress and disappointment, I started to lose my expectation until one day I heard back from Studio La Plage.
Studio La Plage is a multidisciplinary creative studio based in Hoxton. It was one of the places I applied to at the beginning of my application process, and where I had my first interview. I found the studio on If You Could, which they had a design intern position open. After two interviews and a design brief on MasterCard, I was offered the role of junior designer. Working life has been fantastic and I can say that I don’t miss Uni one tiny bit. It can be intimidating at first working in an unfamiliar environment with people you don’t know. It did take me a while to adjust my daily schedule to fit in working 8 hours a day, doing my own things and keeping my social life active all at the same time. Very quickly, I got used to the routine and became part of team La Plage. The great thing about working in a small studio is you have the opportunity to collaborate and communicate with everyone. I get to work on projects for many exciting brands, including Amazon, MasterCard, LaplandUK, Behavioural Insight Team… and more. One of the most interesting clients I got to work with is Black Swan Data. Black Swan Data is a technology company that predicts potential trends by using predictive data science.
Because the clients are so diverse, so are the design tasks and briefs. Sometimes it can be small things like ad banners or social assets; other time it’s about creating fun illustration and animation, or even art directing a photoshoot. Before DPS, I thought freelancing is a better option because, well, who doesn’t want to be their own boss? But having the experience to actually work in a studio changes my thoughts on future plans and career path. For me, working in a studio is more scheduled and organised, I also get the chance to communicate with clients directly, both in person and on call. That being said, dealing with clients can be a pain sometimes, especially those that are aggressive and demanding. Working in a studio means you have project managers to handle situations like this, and try to make both the client and designer happy.
I am glad I chose to do an internship because it builds a solid foundation for my career as a graphic designer. It has been two months since I joined La Plage and I found myself learning more than I planned in my DPS proposal and achieving my goals. It is more than just improving my skills in Adobe Creative Suite, but also communicating with clients and others in the studio, finding new ways to work more efficiently, learning how design cost estimate work…and more.
A couple things I have learned from the experience so far:
- If a simple design task is taking longer than 20 minutes, there must be a quicker way of doing it.
- Name the files clearly can save you and others a lot of time.
- Sometimes you spend forever doing work that aren’t going to be used, and that’s okay.
Here are some fun bits I worked on!
Also, An Amazon Web Service page I have been working on last month has finally gone live!
As well as Plates London
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