Lauryn Raymond, our DPS student in New York describes her experiences.
When moving to another country it’s more than just getting to know another city it’s learning about the culture and building your network again from scratch. From friends to work colleges, I have just moved from London to New York to embark on a new adventure working at Vault 49. Moving to and working in a new place can be very alienating from the off set but you need to have a brave mentality to embrace this feeling, living and learning in a completely different environment. Moving from classroom to studio is different to what you would expect, the projects move faster…. and you have to deliver. As a student this is what you crave, we train, work day in and day out to be working on these projects and it’s about putting all of this to practice when in the studio.
When being an intern you have to throw yourself into everything; it is a bit like being an alien of sorts, you are experiencing everything for the first time…. you are learning new things all the time and this can be all forms of exciting and exhausting…but mostly exciting. It’s inspiring to be around people that all want to work and do an amazing job, this can have a real impact on your mentality as a person as well as a designer.
I really want to get the most out for my time here in New York with the people I am surround by… I decided to say yes to everything (within reason) so when Daniel’s Music came to give a talk at my work I wanted to take an opportunity to give back while I am in New York. Daniel’s Music is a foundation set up by Daniel himself and his father; it is a foundation that provides music classes and opportunities for people with disabilities. I was lucking enough to be able to volunteer. It was a really eye opening experience, seeing how people with disabilities respond to music. I have contacted the foundation and am looking to create some album art for them in the coming weeks.
John and Jonathan started Vault 49 and both attended UAL which is really inspiring as a young designer that intends to have their own company one day. Seeing a company such as vault 49 that has such a diverse and different approach to design is really refreshing. When at Vault 49 you are surrounded by people that are extremely talented but are also the most down to earth people that want to help you learn and grow. Vault 49 have their own screen-printing facility which is rare to have in a working design studio, I have been able to help do some printing while I have been here, being able to work on big brands as well as having the facilities to keep craft at the heart of the agency.