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Through the end I am getting so tired. At school I am taking 5 classes ( one of them is my Senior Project) and when about the semester is over everything is piling up. Even though during the interviews no one was interested in my GPA I am still trying to keep up with what I already have just in case that after I graduate I might apply for a graduate school. So it makes things little bit harder. On the other hand things at internship site is getting better. I think because in time MArla and I find a way to work things out. We had some problems at the beginning and they were just because we have different working habits but now everything works  properly.

Anyway, this week I have designed a business card for a new customer. The customer is a photographer and he wanted to change his old business card with a simple but modern looking design. He also wanted to use little icons. Usually I would draw icons as vector from scratch but as usual we found some images online. The truth is customers does not want to pay any extra money for any art work and as a result of it my supervisor do not want to spend time for anything that she is not going to get paid.

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This week I could not believe that we have to go over Bread Factory’s design and change so many things. I could not believe that  because last time I thought we were ready to print. But at last minute client’s business partner stepped in and wanted to see everything in different background and with their old typeface which is Lithos, very old and outdated typeface. In fact they do not want this typeface just for titles but for whole text. It means two things. First I had to do everything that I was told not to do in school. And the second is changing typeface is a deal breaker because every type has their own X height. when you set up certain text in a certain place there is no way it is going to fit in the same place when you change it. So we had to manipulate the text, change the tab settings move things around to fit everything nicely. This project contains 6 different signage for inside the restaurant. They are all big in size and filled with so much text and images and if they decide to go with new typeface and background we have to change all of them. My supervisor thinks that as long as the client pays for extra work we could keep changing everything. But I think at some point we as a designer have to  try to convince the client what is best for their project and they are going to lose money if they keep changing their mind. I mean the options are limitless, if you do not know what do you want or do not trust your designer probably you will end up with a bad design anyway.

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Journal Entries 9-14

Entry 9

This week we did many different layouts for some brochures we are making. Taking on a few different approaches. I feel really helpful with my designs and my presence there.  Today my supervisor asked me how to do something on InDesign which was easy for me to explain to her. I’m glad she acknowledges my knowledge in the program and is not afraid to approach me.

It was really amazing at all the works that I completed on a laptop. They finally decided to give us a desktop to work on!  It is a touchscreen Dell all in one computer. It is pretty neat with no wires or anything of the sort. I love it! I keep forgetting it is touchscreen so I end up moving things when I am pointing out feedback from my supervisor. It was a good week though.

Entry 10

So I ended up helping set up folders for a conference which held over 500 newsletters and other fliers.  It was fun because I connected with some other co-workers that I only had the short connection with coming into the door and smiling at.  My other supervisor put ‘The Voice’ on the computer and projected it on the screen so we had something to watch while getting the folders ready.  It was a lot of fun and I got to see how these co-workers of mine are in the inside instead of what they appear to be in the office.  One likes to sing and was in an A Cappella group when she was at Yale,( or was it Harvard) and another was really good at getting things others had trouble with like unzipping and zipping the tote bags everyone took time getting it closed.

After all the bags were done, I helped carve a board for name tags to be propped up on so people could see where their name tag was and could grab it faster.  One of their main mover guy came, everything was packed and shipped to the location.  I thought my work was done but there was one thing left, booklets.  They needed to be stapled and made into little booklets.  My second supervisor saw I was good with the alignment so she insisted that I control the stapler with she gathers the pages together, folds and flattens them so it is easier for me to staple. I had to leave early to go to one of my meetings with CUNY Service Corps. I was going to observe a group interview for the next cohort. It was interesting.

Entry 11

I am so tired.  Even though I took spring break off, it really was not a break. My mom wanted to do spring cleaning like a mad man so we did. Then my brother came back from Saudi Arabia two days later all sick with fever.  My father got sick. It is hard having a diabetic person with a fever.  He could not breath and that had me on edge.  I could not concentrate on anything but my father.  He kept having breathing problems and telling us that his chest hurt. We took him to the hospital. He had the flu and he had a mini heart attack.

I was devastated. I was really hurt that my father went through that and we had no clue.  I could not go to school knowing he was hurting like that. I visited him once school ended till he came home.  The nurses and doctors told us to get him to the hospital if he gets sick again. I was really stressed out and all my work piled on top of my older works. I could not take it in one bite so I decided to take it slow and do the first class of the weeks homework first. Everyone at the internship did not give me a hard time and the week flew by fast at the workplace.

Entry 12

Being here and knowing that my time is almost up, I feel kind of sad.  I do not want it to end.  I doubt they would hire me because they will still be apart of the CUNY Service Corps. getting new interns.  We did not get paid by them and they are a non-profit organization.  I do not mind because it was a fun ride.  I met new people and feel better about myself in a working environment.

I know I will not be lazy or annoyed with my co-workers like the TV shows portray.  Instead, I learned that I can be very helpful and everyone loves me.  Even people I never spoke to on a regular basis but just say “good morning” to say things to me like, “I heard your going to leave us soon. It was a pleasure working with you.”  This type of warmth makes me happy to have been a part of this company.

Entry 13

This is my last week here. Everything is going by fast.  I am finishing up the last flier with the last revisions.  Everyone seems happy. They asked us, the interns, to come in today.  They are gonna take us out to lunch!  It is too bad that the whole company is not going to be there but two of them will be.  Yesterday, one of the special needs director gave me a huge hug and told me to keep in contact with her.  I made the ACS Special Needs form for her.  She was not present at the lunch.  It was fun!  We all talked informally about everything and anything.  It was a different setting and it was nice.  I enjoyed it.

They gave us going away presents, a $20 gift card at Barnes and Noble as well as a Moleskin sketch diary! It brought tears to my eyes. I am going to miss this place.  I did 288 hours for CUNY Service Corps and 120 hours for this internship class.  Through all of it, I grew into a more responsible person. Once I left the office, they all hugged me goodbye. I felt so appreciated and they told me I could come back anytime I wanted. I will of course.

Entry 14

So I returned to the office for some signatures that I forgot to get while I was in the office last week.  They were really happy to see me.  I was grateful that they accepted me back.  It was a nice setting.  Once I got her to sign my sheet, I stuck around a bit to see how everyone was doing and then I headed out.  It was good to be back but it was even better knowing that I am welcomed to see them whenever I wanted.

The internship was over but I still have to attend a ceremony for CUNY Service Corp. Knowing that I made a difference in IFCC staffs lives makes me happy.  Seeing all my stepping stones and the path that I took makes me proud to say I am a part of the CUNY Service Corp family.  It won’t stop here in making a difference in the world, it starts by doing the little things.  Taking a stand in what you believe in. I know my summer won’t be a dull, sitting in front of the TV summer that I always have.  It’s going to be one where I make a stand in what my community needs. I am glad to be a part of this program!

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DeJean T. – Journal 14

This is the second to last week of the semseter along with the internship class. After all this I can say that it was experience for me. Before I started this class I had impresion that I had to find an internship in a design related business that was highly funtioning business. I soon cam to realized that local businesses, organization and companies are just as sufficient to serve as an internship. With internships done locally could also be a stepping stone to getting a persons foot in the door at more proporous businesses and later on to the business you would like to work at.

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DeJean T. – Journal 13

This week I was evaluated by by supervisor and was told what the plans were for the summer. Jaime expressed that he was plaeds with the work I did for him. He went on to say if there are times when he needs some extra hands to help for any of his jobs he will hire me as a freelancer designer if I am not working at that time. Also while I there I will be more invloved with the customers and the workings of his busines.

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DeJean T. – Journal 12

The word layaway is something I’ve heard many times in my life and it always came along with a negative stigma. Especially when someone mentions they received an item on layaway others tend to think the person is going through a tough economical time, but now it doesn’t seem to have a negative attachment. Now that some department stores are offering this service more and more shoppers are using the service more frequently. In James Surowiecki’s article, “Delayed Gratification”, he speaks of how the recession has made buyers use their credit cards a lot less and hvae started to spend their money a lot more wisely when it came to purchasing large priced items.

I can see the appeal for putting things on layaway instead of using a credit card. When using a credit card you get the thrill of instant gratification and thinking of the interest payments would be dealt with on a later date. While using the layaway method to purchase items a person can slowly make payments in reaching their prize and only feeling the small thing of service fee or cancelation fee. The fact the American economic system has enabled us to indulge in over spending the need to have a counter balance like layaway can help people budget and save their money wisely when deciding to making purchases in the furture.

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DeJean T. – Journal 11

As the time with my internship is coming to an end the workload was light. I resumed with some editing of the JLC price list as well as design tickets for a play called Rumors that is going to be performed at a school. The business is starting to get into doing vehicle wrapping. While being here I’ve seen two customers requesting this service and this week they did for a landscaping business. I think as the weather starts to warm up JLC will be getting more businesses wanting this service.  My supervisor mentioned that he was looking to potentially hiring me over the summer. It would be a good opportunity to learn more about the printing business. Seeing as advertising deals with print a large percent of the time.

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DeJean T. – Journal 10

Earlier this week a new client came in wanting advertisement flyers created for his taxi company called UCabing. This service allows customers to request a taxi from the UCabing app on their smartphones. The app will then notify the closest driver to the customer’s location for the request. Along with requesting a taxi, customers can also know who is coming and track how far away the driver is from their present location. The client wanted to have a flyer made to promote the service and have a QR code for iPhone users to download the app. In the back of the flyer they will be for searching for drivers.

Half of each side of the flyer would be in Spanish. The translation was handled by my supervisor and I assisted with the design. My next assignment was to update a flyer for a business that helps people sell their homes and apartments. I needed to change the contact in formation and the images on the three flyers to images of upscale homes and city view apartments.These images were to correspond with their offices in New York, Westchester and Connecticut.

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DeJean T. – Journal 9

This week I got to see one of the three projects I’ve worked on as a printed piece. The project is a flyer advertisement for Louie’s Diner for their Burger Box menu. I also got to try one of their burgers. It felt good to know that I had a hand in helping this business to gain more customers. Some of the projects that I have worked on are still waiting for the clients’ approval to be printed.  So far there has been three: Louie’s Burger Box menu ad, Aramark’s employee appreciation tickets, and window banners for a deli.

We did receive a response from the client whom we are making banner, poster and invitation for the Bronx Banker’s Breakfast. This year the event will be celebrating the Bronx’s centennial. I also started working on another menu for a diner called Lilian’s Diner. My supervisor handled the background graphics for the menu and I had to work on the text and layout of the menu. The client brought in a menu to be used as an example and wanted the same layout look. Afterwards I was given a new assignment to change the days of the week for calendar from Spanish to English as well as enlarging the numbers.

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DeJean T. – Journal 8

The owner of the Spanish club came in with some concerns about the recreation of the logo I did. Based on what my supervisor described the logo to look like (a setting sun in the background) I also created the logo based on what it looked like to me. I continued referring back to the business card as I continued working on the design. The client expressed that he didn’t like the hard lines in between the color transitions and would like to see a smoother transition so I made the necessary corrections. We now have to wait for a response from the client to get his approval for the design and run the prints.

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