End of the Semester Reflections, Fall 2018 Cerena Reid

Now that my semester is over, my focus for next year is to develop my portfolio, sharpen my skills on Adobe Design platform and improve my flexibility on various desktop models. Looking back I can honestly say that learning from and bonding with my co-interns and supervisors has been the highlight of my experience working at FC. For those graduating and to our upcoming designers, my words of encouragement and advice would be to never stop learning and to remember what first sparked your desire to pursue design. As long as you remember why you will never lose your drive.

Mid Semester

I have came across one challenging project while working with FC. I’ve manage to accomplish the project after becoming more proactive in my communication. It’s was hard as well as a learning experience. I enjoyed seeing the end results of all of my projects. Sometimes when I’m working in the midst of an developing idea, reality doesn’t always mearsure up with the visuals.┬á┬á A prime example would be my group project focusing on campaign for state awarness of Pink Tax. My partner Simone Alexis worked deligently through research, potential headlines/tagline and marketable giveaways. Although we’ve manage to come up with great results we forgot to factor in cost. We ended up researching various companies that provided limited to extensive services for their price range provided. This was my first experience stimulating the business aspect of my career of choice. Overall I find that FC has left me opened to more opportunities in terms of growth in design concepts and clients relations.

Mid Semester Reflection

I have came across one challenging project while working with FC. I’ve manage to accomplish the project after becoming more proactive in my communication. It’s was hard as well as a learning experience. I enjoyed seeing the end results of all of my projects. Sometimes when I’m working in the midst of an developing idea, reality doesn’t always mearsure up with the visuals.┬á┬á A prime example would be my group project focusing on campaign for state awarness of Pink Tax. My partner Simone Alexis worked deligently through research, potential headlines/tagline and marketable giveaways. Although we’ve manage to come up with great results we forgot to factor in cost. We ended up researching various companies that provided limited to extensive services for their price range provided. This was my first experience stimulating the business aspect of my career of choice. Overall I find that FC has left me opened to more opportunities in terms of growth in design concepts and clients relations.

Day 5

What did you learn today? I’ve learned how to communicate ideas and concept effectively in order┬áto remain on the same page visually as my peers

What challenges did you face? the challenge I’m facing is multi-tasking, being able to stay aware of my surroundings whilst being immersed in the design process.

In what way were you able to help each? We were able to provide useful critique and offer new perspectives to better our current concepts.

Day 4

What did you learn today? I’ve learned about the inner workings of working in a team. That it’s important to look ahead and create contingency┬áplans.

What challenges did you face? ( how did you plan to overcome the said challenge?) Today’s main challenge was turning intangible ideas into something more concrete within the span of one day and a few hours.

In what way were you able to help each? We were able to contribute and volunteer workable concepts to ensure that we got something to show before we leave the office.

Day 3

What did you learn today? I’ve learned about the FC Reproduction Team and the process of creating print pick up and delivery

What challenges did you face? ( how did you plan to overcome the said challenge?) Today’s main challenge was figuring out ways I could contribute┬áto the group project. We were able to divide our responsibilities based on the various modes of communication we used to express our ideas.

In what way were you able to help each? w]We had essentially made the group into a safe zone for new challengable concepts, which allow us to remain focused on the task at hand as well as served to motivate us to succeed.

Day 2

What did you learn today? I’ve learned how to maintain a professional relationship with the┬áclients; as well as the proper way to address them via email.

What challenges did you face? ( how did you plan to overcome the said challenge?) Today’s main challenge was working effectively on a deadline. I was┬áable to complete my baseline design as well as communicative my concept through a series of sketches.

In what way were you able to help each? I’ve gained a new perspective in term of my color schematics through the very helpful critiques of my peers. This helped me to better understand how certain colors work with and against each other.

Day 1

What did you learn today? I’ve learn to open my mind to potential concepts and ideas to further enhance my design.

What challenges did you face?( how did you plan to overcome said challenge?) I I found that in order to create great designs ,I’ve had to sketch out the base design so i could filtered out workable concepts. Unfortunately this results in my time being shorten significantly, I strove to overcome this challenge by ensuring that the main details are mostly on the page to reduce the back-and -forth.

In what way were you able to help each each? Seeing how focused and cheerful the trainees were, had inspired me to work with passion. It helped me to remember why I love design and allowed me to continue to work with minimal pressure.