Category Archives: Internships

Journal 8

I have been trying to find an album plugin, so I can display properly the pictures that they have of their previews works organized. For example: I want to have all the pictures of their floors in a separate album than the windows one. Thus, the clients can go to the album directly to see what they’re looking for.  Until now, I just have found some plugins that don’t that display the photos in thumbnails all together. So far , these are the plugins that I have tried: Gallery Bank, Photo albums and Flickr Album Gallery.

Journal 7

I haven’t attended an event with my company. So, I guess that I’m going to talk about the latest update with regards to my internship. I’ve been correcting the grammar errors in the websites’ company. Last week , Julian ( the owner ) told me to change the text that he already had in Only Finishes to a new text that explained better their services.










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My Experience In Here Are All The Black People

      I went with a friend to an event that was called “Here Are All The Black People”.It was held in Times Center in Manhattan, NY.  This event is geared towards students, new graduates, or those whose are starting out in their careers. It seeks to showcase their new ideas to the best agencies and creative leaders in the industry.

I went during the afternoon and got to attend a conference that a group of professionals in the field were giving. They were talking about their experiences reviewing portfolios and the work that they had encountered so far.  Also, they were saying that the ideas presented in the portfolios were not bad at all, but they were incomplete. In addition, some speakers were talking about how portfolios should stand out from the crowd. Finally, they discussed their experiences in the field.

Then we decided to go to the first floor where there a workshop for portfolio Advisement was being held. This was the reason why I came to this event. As soon as I arrived to the place, I asked for the Wi-Fi password and proceeded to enter the room. Everything was very organized; on entering, there were moderators who were in charge of telling people which table to pass. There were many tables located in the room and each of them had two seats: one for the advisor and the other for the interested. So, I went to one of them who was sat a teacher from the School of Visual Arts. I passed her my iPhone with my online portfolio. I opened it, and she started to navigate through it. She asked exactly what subject I wanted advise for since she did not have that much knowledge about web design. I told her that I wanted her opinion with regard to the layout of my websites. She looked at them for a while and told me that there was not doubt that I had skills to make websites, but with regard to the layouts, I should put a personal touch on them.

This experience was very enriching, but I must say that I would have liked it if they had spent more time with my portfolio. Also, I think that there must have been more specialists in web design.

Journal 6

I don’t want to sound cocky, but I have done a really great job in my internship. The reason of why I believe this is because I started from almost 0, since the previous website that they had was very confusing and lacking in design. The information they had was repetitive and sometimes they did not update it to what they were currently working. Moreover, my entry in the company gave them another idea of how they should represent themselves as the professional company that they are. Also, some of my suggestions for increasing their marketing have been considered for future use.

Journal 5

I can say that I collaborate in my internship when Julian (the owner) asked me to help him to write some short biographies of him and some of his employees. I actually had to come out with the text, based on the information that he had previously given  to me.

At the beginning, I didn’t know what to say or the style of writing that I should do, so I had to start to look at some designers’ biographies online and guide me through these ones. Actually, I’m still working on it. But, so far he has liked the approach that I have given to it.

The power of Pop-Ups- Webinar

Mr. Ian gives us an induction about the world of pop ups. It caught my attention that he started as a graphic designer, and in the course of his career he converted to a paper engineer as he calls himself.

He has been researching in various parts of the world about this art. It’s not just randomly folding  paper. You have to know the mechanism, different qualities of papers, etc. Therefore, he has gathered a lot of knowledge becoming a true expert.

I like how colorful and interactive the  book becomes a, when pop up is added to it. Contrary to what you might think ,pop-ups are used in various subjects not only in children’s books.

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Journal 4

Let me start by saying that besides an internship this a real life experience that I am having because I am responsible for everything that will be done with regards to this website. I certainly will not have anyone to turn in in case of a problem, which might be true in a design agency. Therefore in the context of y internship, I would have to solve it by myself base on my acquired knowledge and trial and error.

I have learned so many things since day one. And by day one I mean, the day I met him. We met in a restaurant close to my house because the original place that we were going be was a café place, but it was full, so that was my first lesson: you always have to have a plan B. Luckily, we had a restaurant close, so we could sit down and talk. At the end, it was a better choice since we were there to talk a lot, which might have bothered someone in the café since it is a much quieter place. Time past and I started him to show the improvements that I would do to his page based on the research that I had done previously. It wasn’t bad at all, but I noticed that besides the research that you do, you have to become a saleswoman in order to sell your idea. Another thing that I learned was that you have to be realistic as well as practical. Even though the client wants a lot things to be done, you always have to be honest with what you can and cannot do.

Some notes taken during the meeting:






Journal 2 My Role In Only Finishes

My role in the company is that of web designer. There was a previous website that the company had, but the owner saw the need for reorganizing and redesigning it. I got this internship through a friend. He was the one who introduced Julian to me. Then, I called him and we spoke for a half  an hour over the phone. We set an appointment to meet in person that weekend. So, we spoke for hours about his company’s website, and I told him my point of view and explained my plan of work. 

This is the company’s previous website:


Journal 1 Our First Meeting

I am doing my internship at It is a small private construction company dedicated to the finishes of homes. Located in Long Island, Only Finishes is comprised of 6 people. They focus on stucco, decorative plaster, polishing floor. They are primarily based in Long Island, but sometimes they cover New York City. Their clients vary between home owners, general contractor, businessmen and their social economic status are from middle class to high class. Only Finishes was founded in 2000 by its owner Julian Ocampo. At first, Only Finishes started with one employee, and little by little, the company has grown not just in people, but in contracts as well.