When I look back at everything I learned while in interning this Spring semester I am in complete awe. I am very grateful for the opportunity I was given to learn more about the field that I would be In and get a better hand on experience. The knowledge that I gained while interning I am sure I would undoubtedly be able to apply it to my career. Many people aren’t fortunate to be able to jump start their career through college and internships and this was my reason for not taking it for granted. If I had to give advice to other college seniors it would be to take part in an intern opportunity because It would help to acquire more knowledge in their field and give them a better hands on experience so when they graduate they will have an idea of what to expect.
The amount of knowledge that I acquired while interning at Top Captins Apparel has been immense. Designing logos for the company kept my skills sharp and I was able to push myself to new limits. I was able to self identify my strong points and the areas in which I lacked. Setting up orders for Overseas manufacturing helped develop my attentiveness because this process needs to be free of all errors for timely production. If an error isn’t caught before orders are sent out deadlines could be missed and that would cause major issues. While interning this semester I became a master at doing inventory. A proper inventory count is very important for the success of a business because that is how a company can have an idea of how they are doing, Supply and Demand and what they must tweak. In addition to the many topics this internship expounded on I was able to try my hand and develop my skills with Label/Tag print designs, Fashion Tech Pack Designs and Pattern designs.
I was very lucky to find this internship from a post on social media in January. The opportunities that are opening up because of it are endless and I couldn’t be happier. Throughout the duration of the semester I worked very hard and it showed. The owner of the company and the Main designer was so Impressed with the level of hard work that I displayed that they offered me full time employment with the company as a graphic designer. I was and to this day I am still very proud of myself. I wanted to prove to the owner that he wouldn’t regret hiring me as an intern and I think I accomplished what I sought out to do. This experience has been nothing short of amazing and If I had to do it all again I would without any issues. This internship opened my eyes to what’s to come in my field and I can say I am more than ready for it.
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This week was great. We received packaged merchandise that I had designed. Receiving this gave me such a good feeling because I was able to see the finished product in person. Seeing these projects completed really motivated me and made me more secure to graduate and head out into the field. The team was very impressed at the final product and I felt well celebrated for days to come. Since the team was very impressed with me I was compelled more than ever to not let them down and continue to create above average work.
I was so proud of all the hard work I put in throughout the course of a few weeks. This internship has helped me work harder because there was no room for mistakes to be made. During these last few weeks I have become more comfortable with my colleagues double checking my work and making revisions as needed. I also got better at taking constructive criticism. When I first started this internship I would sometimes be bothered when my work was criticized and I would also have a hard time taking in advice when needed but this week I noticed that I have grown so much in that area. I began to start thinking of constructive criticism as something that Is needed for an artist’s growth instead of something negative.
“Fly High, Stay Low” Dad Hats
“Winners Circle” Hoodies
During week seven I continued to work on logos and pattern design while also monitoring the status of the orders that were being placed. I found this very interesting because it showed me the many problems that can arise while running a clothing business. During this week I ran into a problem where I received some samples of some embroidery patches and then were not good. As part of quality control. I had to contact the manufacturer again and go over the details and instructions to avoid any more further problems with our product. I realized that if there was a deadline that we were trying to meet for this project it would have been missed for something that was outside of the company’s control. During this week I also realized the importance of providing clear, detailed and precise information to avoid mistakes because now it would take another week to receive the new samples.
I think that my performance at Top Captains upon arrival was great and over the past few weeks I showed so much growth. In such a short time I believe I showed a lot of enthusiasm and curiosity. I think my curiosity showed that I would be a great asset to the company. The main designer made me feel very welcomed and I believe he was very impressed with how much I knew about fashion and design. The owner also told me that I had a great eye for design and style. One of my favorite projects that I worked on this week was the 6 panel hat fashion tech packs for overseas manufacturing. I found this project fun because the main designer gave me the freedom to come up with my own ideas which he later approved and sent to production I designed everything from the inside brim of the hats, the inside line, the strap tag and the inside hemp tag. I was also given the ability to design the main style of embroidery. This was very informative because I learned about different types of embroidery.
This week I was in charge of setting up an order of embroidered patches from logos I created. I was given a company’s number from the main designer and I was instructed to call and request a quote for a quantity of 500 embroidered patches of two separate designs totaling 1000. I was pretty nervous dealing with the company because I did not want to mess up and look bad but things went smoothly. When I was done speaking with the customer service representative for the company, I relayed the information to the main designer an information he approved the quote. He gave me the company credit card and instructed me to make the necessary payments and the order was set. I was then put to the task of monitoring the status of that order making sure the quality, size and color was what we wanted. I was in charge of this process every day until completion.
Reviewing Patch Samples For A Design I Created
My duties at Top captains continued to increase as the weeks went by. I enjoyed learning about how to operate a business. I learned so much about preparing art work for printing apparel and merchandise. I also learned about the importance of details and that related to a lot of the stuff that I learned in school about relaying information clearly. I found this important to my internship because the company did business with many manufacturers from over seas and because of language barriers all information had to be related clearly so there would be no room for any mistake during production. During week four , on a typical day I would come in and upon opening the shop I would meet the main graphic designer to begin the work day. The next thing that I would do is check the cork bulletin board and start the next task that was scheduled. Throughout the day the main designer allows me to work at my own pace just as long as things are completed in a timely fashion. To me this made the atmosphere and the job much more enjoyable and friendly.
I was in charge of setting up a large orders with their embroidery company. I was instructed to contact the company and relay the information needed to complete the project. I was in charge of this product design and order set-up from the start. This experience really helped me understand the process of creating quality apparel a lot more which also gave me a greater appreciation of quality clothing. I now understand that it takes a lot of attention to detail for these products to achieve the high quality that they have. This is a trait that i can use through my graphic design career.
I began to notate and enjoy particular parts of the work environment at Top Captain’s office. I loved that the atmosphere was fun and laid back but also very fast paced. I liked the fact that there was no dress code implemented and the employees including myself were able to come as they were. However, being that I was hired as an intern I kept it very simple when it came to my attire and opted for a casual look wearing button up shirts and Dark jeans. During Week three I noticed that there weren’t any dedicated workstations and the office was basically an open work area with two computer desks, a couch and many racks and shelves for clothing. I liked the open work space layout of the office and it often helped with my creativity. The typical work day at this company is about 8 hours or more so having a comfortable work space was very important for me. One perk that I found out about and enjoyed was the owner would buy lunch for all of the employees every Friday.
Logo & Mock-Up Designs
Yacht Club T-Shirts
After I grew a little bit more acquainted with the office and Company I began to take on more responsibility. I was introduced to a cork bulletin board where ideas of logos and merchandise were placed for future production. Jeff taught me how to obtain information from this board in order to prioritize what’s anticipated for the company. I was impressed by how organized every one at this company seemed and I noticed that Organization was what kept the office in order. During this week I did a lot of observing and took a lot of mental notes. I noticed that there was a lot of work to be done but that had me more on my toes and more alert than ever.
Today I worked on logo many logo designs for a upcoming project. I was instructed to design these logos for embroidered patches that would be produced by their overseas manufacturers. This multi color design had to be designed in a few different variations.
My first week interning went pretty good. I was introduced to the day to day functions of the company and it was intriguing getting a hands on taste of how an actual company runs. The first day I shadowed the Main designer Jeff. Jeff showed me around the office and how they set up their products for production. I was amazed at how smoothly the office’s operations ran. The atmosphere of the office was very pleasant but fast pace and I liked how everyone was busy completing the tasks that were appointed to them. While shadowing Jeff, I learned the proper way to set up logos for print using spot colors and illustrator.
Today i worked on a simple logo design along with a mock-up design of stadium cups for production.
My experience so far as a Graphic Design Intern throughout this semester has been very enjoyable. I began interning in January for a start up clothing company based out of Queens, New York called Top Captains Apparel. The primary business goal for Top Captains is to sell quality retail clothing to consumers. Top captains apparel offers clothing to people of all ages however the target demographic typically ranges from youth to age 35.Many urban hip hop artists and personalities have been seen wearing the Top Captains brand such as singer Tyrese Gibson, Reality T.V personality Stevie J and D.J Envy from Power 105.1. Since the company’s start in 2013 growth has always been the owners main objective.
Top Captins Apparel is a small company with a total of four employees. The office is split between three separate departments. The first department that makes up Top Captains apparel is the design Team. As a Graphic design intern this is the department that I am apart of. Next there is the order fulfillment team, which is in charge of product packaging and shipping. The last department that supports the organization is the Business Team. The Business Team handles all business affairs and is ran by the owner.
I came across this internship from a social media post from a clothing line that I already follow. The post was a request for a Graphic design intern to assist the main graphic designer with day to day functions. After looking around for an internship that would fit into my schedule and lifestyle I felt this might be the perfect opportunity for me. That day I contacted the company and was surprised by the rapid response that I received. The company replied back with a request for me to come in the office located in Queens to meet and discuss the role further. I enthusiastically agreed to come in the next day to meet with the Owner Donnell Norwood and the head designer Jeff. The interview went great and about 48 hours later , Jeff contacted and invited me to intern with them for the semester. He informed me that my role at Top Captins Apparel was to be the assistant graphic designer. As the assistant graphic designer I would be in charge of designing logos, Tech packs, hang tags and many other items for the company. Ecstatic I accepted and the following week on January 22nd I began my first day interning at Top Captains Apparel.
Link to and old article about Top Captins Apparel. Link also contains pictures of celebrities wearing their clothing.