by Ethan Phan (GMD)
My internship in Vienna started in November at BPNXT, a multi-disciplinary studio. The first few days of the job was all about getting to know everyone and learning a new set of software, the Affinity family. Another thing that took me longer to get used to was the numbing cold of Vienna, already in winter when I arrived!
The studio is relatively small so I was given a good degree of independence. I produced my first work within two weeks, a website for a financial advisory company in Africa. The design went through a few feedbacks from my mentor in the graphic team and the studio director, before reaching its final look and being approved. After that, I was given various tasks to work on the graphic elements of different brands.
Beside graphics, the studio also works in 3D art installations, which is something I found myself doing a lot more towards the end of my internship. Even though I wasn’t working in graphics as much as I would want to, there is certainly a good feeling about directly creating something tangible. Our latest project involves me and the installation team climbing outside the 11th floor of a skyscraper to mount an outdoor light installation. Not sure if my insurance plan covers that.
The multi-disciplinary structure of the studio has given me a new perspective on different areas of design and how graphic design can be integrated with them. Nevertheless, I would prefer to work more on graphics on future internships.