In recent months I have been settling into the company I have managed to secure a placement with: BWAR!. The company itself is only small but is fast paced and has meant that for myself, no two days are the same. Based in Staffordshire it is lively and a place and will offer me a lot to learn.
My initial few months have been an eye opener and curve ball. I have been thankful of the amazing team I am surrounded by and the support they have given. The training I have been through so far has been clear and will help me in my future endeavours. My actual job title here is one that is flexible. Although I am a Graphic Design intern, I also take on other roles. Most specifically, I also write content and slightly delve into customer service. I feel like working for a smaller company will offer me a more rounded experience due to the fact I have many different job roles.
BWAR! are host to other companies and have many resellers. The company sells website, apps and print work to various companies, mostly to tradesmen and small business. From a day to day basis, I could be calling many different clients, or doing work for many different clients. I could be calling a client to ask questions about their business so that I can write the content for their homepage and about us, the next I could be creating the graphics for an app. The limitations of my job role seem non-existent and that is why I feel that this placement year will enlighten me.
So far I have made what feels like a hundred logos and other graphics as well as written hundreds of pieces of content for various companies up and down the UK. I know that for everything that I have done, though my name is not next to each individual piece, I have helped someone. This job is rewarding, knowing that my artwork and writing is out there.
Though naming client I have worked for so hard, whilst being a part of the team here are confidential, I know that I can display certain aspects of the work I do and what I learn whilst I am here, including the work I do internally.
Since working here I have learnt a lot and I know I will continue to learn whilst I am here, whether I am working with clients, or the company itself. I will also learn humility, the same as I did when working in sales. Sometimes a client will not like what they see, on other days, you will see banners and logos you create out in the big wide world that though you are not happy with, the client is. It is key in this job to remember that not only is the customer is always right, but also that it is ok to ask questions.
During the Summer, I also managed to get an advert for a company I’m working with, in Look Magazine.
I was very proud to see the advertisement I had created for ExHighStreet in a magazine as big as Look, and it is safe to say that I bought the magazine as soon as I knew the release date.
This work placement was phenomenal. I was made to feel at home and so welcomed. I was grateful for all the experience and the opportunities. I made many friends here, whilst still working solidly. I am very thankful of the job opportunity, and I will look forward to working with the company on a paid basis in the near future.
Today’s work was to make images for a mass email to subscribers. It was interesting to see what was involved. Images can, of course, be seen on Misspap’s site and the emails I created should be out in the next few weeks.
I did a lot of design work today. It’s nice to see that the current Misspap.co.uk front page, on their website, is all of my stuff bar the Necklace image. I also helped remake the company’s logo, which I am very proud to see the outcome in the next couple of weeks.
Aside from this, I sadden as I realise that tomorrow is my last day. I have loved my time here. I was expecting to just fetch people coffees and not actually do any work as such. I was pleasantly surprised, not to mention a little thankful. I don’t do well just sitting and twiddling my thumbs. I have made many friends here and I will be reluctant to say goodbye light-heartedly.
Besides design work, the company offered to let me shadow various members of the company. Today, I shadowed at a photo-shoot in-between continuing with design work.
Watching the clothes get styled, and learning new vocabulary for the types of photos was interesting. The use of lighting and the types of camera, although not new to me, still intrigued me. I’ve noticed that the concept of time being money is quite relevant here. The photo-shoots were very quick and straight to the point, in order to meet deadlines by this evening. Deadlines are crucial in more ways than one. If something runs late, it can affect so much more than just a late delivery, it’s more of a domino effect.
From the hangers, to the model, to online. The process is key to learn in the profession I would like to go into. The need to be able to critique models, although may not seem kind, it is, as I have witnessed, very much a needed skill. Honesty is the best policy and if a model doesn’t fit the bill, then it can be adjusted. Another thing that I have learnt, is that to help boost sales on prior stock, they just re-advertise it. As long as an item is rebranded, it will continue to sell.
Sadly, today I also learnt some harsh realities about the fashion industry. Regardless of these facts I learnt today, I am still spurred on to continue in this profession.
The moment that you realise that working from half 8 in the morning til half 6 at night, is worth it, was when I saw my designs “in action”. Today, I worked solidly, and got so much done. It;s amazing how much you can do when you get your head in the game. Seeing my designs come to life on the company’s site, made me smile. It’s something that I can say “I did that” and actually be proud of it.
One thing I learnt today was that sometimes designs will need to be changed at the last minute, for example: today just as I submitted an approved design, a product got recalled so one little thing on my piece needed to be changed. Due to not labelling layers properly and merging a few layers, t took longer than it should have to revisit it. With this in mind, it will shape me for future works. Although labelling layers on Photoshop may be time consuming, it will inevitable, or hypothetically, help in the future. Designs could also be recycled if need be.
Although I am working in a friendly environment for this week, we still get work done, to high qualities and standards. If this is what the design industry is like, then I can’t wait to get involved full time. I am so happy in this placement.