Design Work: Eastern Gold

Some of the design work that I have been given over the past week has been interesting. The most notable has been for a jewellery company.

I enjoyed this brief and had to do 4 mock up of completely different styles for the customer. Though still awaiting feedback, I have had permission to us the graphics fully to publish. Please see them below.

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I enjoyed this project as I could incorporate the style of artwork I enjoy: simplistic and romantic styles. Though one of the designs was purely based up the salesmen’s request, for the content (the gold digger one), I feel like the brief was met, and I hope that the customer is happy with these options.

Illness and Internships

One main worry I had about going on a placement was that I would be ill at any given point. A solution to this is to find an employer who is willing to work with you. At my placement at BWAR!, my employer has been very understanding, allowing me to take time off for an operation 2 weeks ago. He also forced me to take the following day off so that I could recover, regardless of whether or not I felt ok.

Both disabilities and illness happen to near enough everyone. If you’re looking for a placement and are worried like I was, I would suggest you discuss any of your problems openly at your interview or induction. You need to put you first. Remember, some bosses will allow you to work from home, just like mine, so that you won’t lose any pay or time at work.

Know Your Allies

The idea of a placement is that you get hands on experience in a real work environment. Though this perhaps could mean that there are no safety nets, you are also open to a lot of helpful people, but you need to learn who they are. In my placement so far, I have found that just because someone had a specific job title and you are an intern, it doesn’t mean that they (a) have the time to explain something or (b) are good at explaining things.

I have learnt a lot in the past few months but the biggest thing I have learnt so far, is who to go to if I need a hand in a specific field. Inside the office, there are specific people that are available to me when I need to ask questions. Though I have almost two full notebooks already of ‘how to’s’, ‘advice’ and ‘reminders’ it is clear that by the time I get back to university I will be better at asking for help.

As an independent and proud person, I have always struggled to ask for help, but here, there isn’t much of an option. Though I do some research outside of the work place, an internship is for asking questions, learning and applying knowledge. Perhaps the main focus of an internship is not necessarily teaching someone skills, but perhaps it is more for encouraging and learning how to apply skills as well as learning being a humbling experience.

By asking questions, you not only learn how to do things, but you can also build key relationships with members of staff. Here at BWAR, I have manages to gain a lot of insight in not only how apps and websites are built, but also a lot outside of my field. On a daily basis, I not only deal with customers, but I can also be learning about how to adjust simple CSS and so on.

The staff here are encouraging and understand that everything is a learning curve. Everyone here has multiple job roles and can do many diverse jobs in one day. From tech support to app creation, there is a lot that each member of staff can do. This also means that should one individual be busy, as this is a quick paced environment and also only a small business, someone else can help me. Though I am still learning, I aspire to be like them. A diverse job role, such as this one can aide in future prospects.

With no two days being the same, the learning potential here does not have a limit as such, the limit is merely in what questions I ask. As the weeks go on, I know that I will never stop learning, whether it is the meaning of key words or how to deal with an awkward customer.

Placement Year Update

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.

In the beer garden after work with some amazing people #internlife #guinness #spoons @jdwetherspoons

A photo posted by Ruth (@scarletruthmargaret) on Jun 5, 2015 at 10:01am PDT

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.

Stuff for work #internlife #evapes #vintage #tattoo

A photo posted by Ruth (@scarletruthmargaret) on May 26, 2015 at 2:13pm PDT

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.

Placement: BWAR!

I am in love with my internship. The people I work with are so nice and helpful. I think I am going to enjoy my time here.

Creative Curriculum Vitae

The question as to whether creative CV’s work is one that will always be unanswered. For some companies, they will think that these unusual formats are very cheesy and unprofessional. For other companies it will intrigue the employer.

The idea of a creative CV is to entice the employer and to show them what your creative skills are like without the use of a portfolio. Other ideas include the display of various abilities, for example video editing, the ability to manufacture and collaborate.

Over the past few months I have been sending out simplistic yet creative Curriculum Vitae, but perhaps the one that has offered me the most promise is the self advertisement I put on Instagram:

Having gained only a few likes and comments, it has been referenced in around eighty e-mails from interested companies.

To companies I have approached, I have been using CV’s in a similar layout, with only changing the colour and distinct patterns. Of course the CV’s were re-written depending on the internship offered and the company. Here is the most recent that I sent out to a stationery company:

CV Effies

To answer the question “Do creative CV’s work?” is difficult. Personally, I can say that though they may not always work, they can open up opportunities, but then so does knocking on doors.