Creative Concern - Internship - Day 18 -
Last day interning at CC today, to kick start it all me, Chris and Liz nipped down to Takk to discuss my future at creative concern.
I’d been eagerly awaiting this chat, because weather it turned out good or bad the way I see it - it’s been a fantastic experience and I’ve pushed and focused harder then ever before and really gave it my all enabling me to produce work that I’m estatic about.
We sat down and Chris got me and liz a really nice coffee, (Takk’s a lovely place, nice strong coffee with godzilla lamps everywhere it’s heaven) they asked how I found working there, which I said that I’ve had a beyond fantastic time and learn’t a ridiculous amount.
They asked a few more questions before getting onto the main thing which was - the future - now In my mind it was gonna go one way or the other but I got something in the middle. That’s what’s crazy about expectation, no matter how you try to predict how somethings going to go it’ll never go quite that way.
So I’ve got the next 3 weeks off to really focus on my NMP work for the deadline. But the basic gist of the chat was to say that they’d love me to come back after my NMP hand in but as a continued Intern, they say there’s still a few things they wanna teach me - and have not had chance to teach me as Creative concern has been the busiest it’s ever been - which to be honest is quite visible, creative concern have hired freelancers in and alot of designers are off on holiday so it’s crazy at the moment.
The idea is that after May 9th, I give em a bell and sort out starting on a full 5 day internship for them. They were very honest throughout this chat which I really appreciated, and just said that they’re gonna have to see how it goes throughout summer as it’s too crazy right now to sort out a Junior designer role, they also said they understand if I apply for other design jobs whilst being on the internship with them - but this way at least I’ll already be working somewhere whilst applying.
So I’m defiantly going for this, I love working there and if they have more to teach me then I want to learn.
I then finally got my Mystery brief of them which i’ll go into in more detail on my NMP blog.
As for the rest of the day, I dropped off a box of celebrations for the guys there (which really didn’t last long! haha) and I was more or less tying up loose ends - making sure all my folder’s where saved in the correct locations so the rest of the team could access them whilst I was away, finalising mini jobs and neatening up stuff.
This whole experience has made me realise alot of tiny details about design. If I could go back to the first year and tell my self “Learn indesign because 50% of your time as a graphic designer in a studio will be spent on it” I would, but no one ever tells you how much it’s used.
In fact we only really have a few lessons on it, it’s like Chris said that at Uni you get taught alot of what good design it and how to design well, but not alot of stuff about laying things out correctly. I’m very thankful I had the experience at Salford brand house to give me a little insight into indesign as I honestly think I would have struggled at CC without it.
It’s defiantly a vital skill that anyone should know before going into the industry, Senior designer Liz was telling me how after she finished her design degree she worked a year at a new’s printers - she said it taught her vital skills about layout, which have really come into play at her job at creative concern.
No matter what happens in the future, I’d really like to host an Allumi talk, to do a talk quite like Kat Loveday’s which didn’t talk so much about her work but more about experience and what to try and learn at Uni. I’d use this opportunity to really express to student’s how important indesign is in industry as I kind of wish someone had said it to me.
Anywho before I left they got me this really ace 3D book from magma about a fisherman (they said they remembered one of my project’s with a fisherman and knew I liked funky costa del salford style glasses! haha) and a really nice thank you card which was lovely.
It’s been a crazy couple of months, I’ve learnt a lot in a really short space of time which is around 2 and a half weeks if you put all the days together! I’m really glad I kept my Intern daily pictures up - even if I was late annotating them! However in many ways I’m truly thankful I’ve got the next 3 weeks to focus on Uni work. I’m looking forward to going back to CC without any uni work to fuss about! haha