What strikes me most about my workplace is how fast everything goes by. Before I began my internship and had met with my mentor to get to know the company and space he had told me how I’ll be shocked with how fast and how many projects get done within a week. That about 50 designs/projects are done in a week. That’s what impressed me, but I didn’t think when I would be interning it would be as fast for me since I don’t know much about creating logos and using all the softwares.
By the first day, I had already created a logo. Which really amazed because I only knew the basics in adobe illustrator and photoshop, with a day my mentor taught me so much. After interning for a week I created 3 designs and had a couple approved. I feel like I know so much more about editing. I feel like I could actually create something that looks super nice and professional with the tools I was taught by myself. My brain is crammed with commands and options.
I am pretty sure, by the end of my internship I will be able to complete all the projects and goals I have for this month. I think the thing about my workplace is that you have to practice practice practice, just get the hang of the tools and shortcuts for the softwares. You also need to actually understand how everything is done and work with the other steps besides editing and the designing. You need to understand before sending a design to the production team where screenprinting and actual apparel jobs what actually is being done and how. There is a whole system and process. If it comes to the specific type of colors you use, or separating the layers of a design, you need to know why. And after everything, it becomes second nature, its quick and you understand.
Something else that strikes me is how much I’ve learned and applied myself to what I have been learning about. I had a conversation with my mentor about where I want to take graphic design in the future. We talked about how my goal is incorporating my art and creativity to a career. He spoke to me about his past and art and how he got into graphic design. He also helped me with ways I could make money out of what I do and what I could create. He shared a couple websites and programs that would be useful for me and my future. With the editing I had learned we are applying it to something I have been wanting to make, and learning what I know I could make it a lot better then I would have made it a week ago. My coloring book! I’m super stoked because he is going to dow loud editing softwares into my personal computer so I could continue what I know and use it for my benefits.
Overall, I didn’t realize how helpful this internship would be to myself. Now I know I have adapted a lot more skills that could be useful in any environment.
Anna Nicole Barreiro
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