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My First Day with Ayaka Nishi

My first day working with jewelry designer Ayaka Nishi actually didn’t feel like work. My day started with cleaning the studio alongside Ms. Nishi and the other interns. After cleaning we all changed into slippers and left our shoes by the door, a rule I abided by at home. I was pleasantly surprised when she served me coffee from her French press in a tall glass mug that I’ve only seen served in fancy cafes. My workspace was now complete! I had a hot fresh cup of coffee, music in the background, and an air humidifier with essential oils near by. I found my work environment to be quite comfortable and everyone was dressed  casually but still fashion forward.

Today’s first assignment was to update the sliding home page on her website since the Valentine’s Day sale has passed. We got to work setting up for the shoot at the front of her studio, which doubles as her store. Then we began swapping different pieces of her jewelry and taking test shots. Once we found the perfect the image I got to work on photoshop.  By the end of the day Ms. Nishi was satisfied with the photo I edited and published it on her website. 

Finding An Internship

After a serious lack of clarification from the Co-founder of the company I was previously excited to work for I was now back on the hunt for an internship. I was growing frustrated to find an internship in time. I began applying to as many  positions as I could find. Within two days I applied to over 30 internships and had high hopes that someone would get back to me. By the next two days I had a few interviews filling up my schedule. On Friday, I met with jewelry designer Ayaka Nishi. It wasn’t that I just needed an internship, but from the moment I stepped foot in her quaint little studio in Downtown Manhattan I could immediately see myself working there. Her jewelry really inspired me and while I wouldn’t be explicitly be designing clothes or around them accessories are still a huge component in fashion. I’ve even been inspired to take one of her jewelry making classes since it’s a trade I’ve always been interested in learning. Over the weekend Ms. Nishi agreed to have me aboard her graphic design team. The idea of shooting content for her website really excited me especially when I recognized some of her pieces on Beyonce’s Lemonade. I just had to take the position!

My First Internship Experience

When I first applied to a bunch of internships and got a reply within a few hours I was excited. I had a Skype interview with the CEO of a startup just three days later, and I was confident that I would get the position since the Co-founder of  appeared to love my responses to her questions. Within eight minutes  I was offered the position, alongside an apprenticeship where I can design clothing for the company’s shoots. This seemed like a match made in heaven since I’d get to build my fashion portfolio whilst working on their creative content. I knew that startups were a bit quirky, but began to grow frustrated without clear direction, especially on my first day.  Unfortunately, this position was not what I thought it was. I notified the Co-founder that while I am immensely grateful for her lending me this opportunity, but I’ve decided to go in a different direction.


La Vie En Rose

The song was not effective because the audio was difficult to hear over the crying babies. It can be easily understood that the commercial is intended for parents, but the visual aspect of it was rather strange. Anyone watching this wouldn’t easily see this commercial as an advertisement from a Supermarket.

Cooper Hewitt Field Trip

The exhibition is effective in its unique approach recyclable resources with the use of modern handmade technologies. Some designs still held onto the technology of time-honored handmade work. The gallery featured a body of work that consisted of tabletop accessories and handbags that integrated design elements from each designer. These accessories were made from silk selvage scraps that came from Luisa Cevese, while the appliqués from recycled saris featured were by Christina Kim. The designs showcased a diversity in fabrication in which, were woven from kibiso. Kibiso is a luxury fiber that was created by Reiko Sudo, who used pieces of a silk cocoon. This modern, immaculate and divine exhibition curated by Matilda McQuaid and Susan Brown was clearly well thought out. Each piece is not only arresting, but it also provokes its viewers to be more conscientious about reducing waste.

Designer Reiko’s kibiso stripe piece resonates with anyone with a background in fashion. It’s absolutely incredible hand woven textile. Upon observation of the textile one would think it resembles cotton or even the synthetic fiber polyester. The textile in fact is a plain woven raw silk fabric that integrates the luxury fiber kibiso. It’s also a fabric hand woven by the Tsuruoka Fabric Industry Cooperative in Yamagata, Japan. The modern piece is approximately 325.1 x 50.8 cm.

     The appliqué basted onto scraps is another piece that can also resonate with designers and even fashion design students. The piece is reminiscent of a muslin drape for garments. The appliqués were in fact basted onto base cloth, which is most likely a cotton fabric. Appliqués that were applied so intricately were done by an artisan in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. These designs were done for Kim’s dosa company.

      Among the many pieces that were equally inspiring Kim’s design of the Eungie skirt. It was done using a satyajit color. It was also produced by Kim’s dosa company. This skirt was a part of her spring 2008 collection.

Logo Essay

YouTube has been one of the most popular websites on the Internet since it launched. The site allows people to upload their own video content, listen to music and watch anything from tutorials to sports. YouTube was founded by three PayPal employees Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim in February 2005. The popular website was bought by Google within a year since it launched.
Youtube’s logo is split into two parts, where both words “ You,” and “Tube” are typed in a Bold Helvetica typeface. “You,” is written in black and the word “Tube,” is inside a rounded red rectangle in white. “Broadcast Yourself,” which is the site’s slogan also sits right underneath the company’s logo. YouTube kept this logo from 2005 up until 2011.

(Photo from 2005-2011)

The first modification of YouTube’s logo was in July 2011, which was a part of the Cosmic Panda (a trial design for the website) experiment. Followed by that experiment, YouTube made the modified design its official logo months later. This time the rounded red rectangle became a deeper shade of red and the site’s slogan no longer sat underneath the logo. YouTube continued this logo from 2011 to 2013.

(Photo from 2011-2013)
As of December 19, 2013, the rounded rectangle was reverted back into a lighter shade of red. The word “You” is a deeper shade of black and the shadow was removed from behind the word “Tube.” This logo has been used since 2013 up until last year.
Today all gradients have been removed from the logo. However, YouTube’s logo app designs have changed numerous times. The first one app design was of a old television, whereas the second design has the words “You” on top of the word “ Tube,” which are both in a white box. The site’s latest design is of a red and white play button that sits in red square.



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