Have you accomplished your Mid-Semester goals? How have you accomplished those goals?
I believe I have accomplished my mid-semester goals. My main goal for this semester is to complete my internship course. Because I took a lot of time to find a suitable internship job last spring and summer. So I was very worried about this course. Finally, I got an internship position in the FC which enable me to finish it. However, there is still one week left so I hope I can get a good grade for this course. During the internship, I was exposed to many interesting projects. I enjoyed doing all of them and I also like most of the work I have accomplished this semester.
Are you happy with your results with the work you completed this semester? What was your favorite project you got a chance to work on this semester?
I am satisfied with most of the work I have completed this semester. I enjoy all of the projects I did, the most impressive one I think is the WAC poster project. Because it was my first project during the internship. So I was a little nervous and worried about the outcome. However, I found out I was a little overreacted. Since it was my first project everyone was trying to help me out. My colleagues and director gave me a lot of suggestions and constructive feedback. Because of that, I can finish the posters very smoothly. I used to like to find illustrations made by others on the Internet and put them in my course works. But through this project, I began to learn to create my own illustrations. For me, that is a big improvement.
How are you going to prepare for next semester during the Holiday Break
Next semester supposes to be my last semester so I will figure out my senior project topic during my holiday break. Once I know my topic I will start to do some research first. Additionally, I want to finish my own website which I have been pushed back several times. But this time I will try to complete it before next semester begins. Then I can have more time to focus on my spring courses and my internship projects. I will keep practicing the software and learn more skills to improve my design as well.
All of us are focusing on the group project today. After we decided the logo, fonts, color scheme, and each person’s tasks on the first day. I was thinking the second day would be smooth. But as we were doing our own tasks different questions and concerns emerged. We actually had lots of discussions today probably we were not talking straight to the point. Because everyone has their own aesthetic and we don’t want to ruin the efforts everyone put on their works. But I know it’s a group project we need to work together and keep the style consistent. I still think we need to communicate more, be strict and responsible for each other’s work.
It’s the second week of training we are now focusing on the final group project. We have been talking about the project during weekends try to sperate the tasks. But I think we are at the wrong track at first. After having a brief discussion with Lu everybody are more clear about our own missions. For the group project I think should communicate more. And ask everybody’s opinions after deciding anything.
We finally wrapped up the City Tech Writer project today. Through this project I am more aware of the hierachy of laying out contents. When I am doing my school project I’m focus on the visual elements more than contents.
Lu and Anmol helped us out with the file naming in the morning. Because all of us had made mistake on that part. We also had a brief discussion about the next project about information design. We shared each other’s topic and the trainers proved them. I spent the whole morning to do the research on the UX design process and think about what style I want to go with this project.
After lunch break We did final touch of the City Tech Writer project. Then Lu and Anmol introduced us the last group project we will work on next week. Compare to school project we have a long period to work on one project. But at work we have to manage multiple projects at the same time at short period of time. It’s a challenge for me but I will get used to it.
We have continued the City Tech Writer project today. In the morning we did the critic first each of us have to present our digital draft and critic each others work. Then based on the suggestions the trainers gave us, we could change our draft accordingly. I was not sure about how big the font size will work well at first. The trainers have provided me a lot of samples to use as references. Finally under the trainers guidance I figured them out. Right now my posters are looking much better than I just came in to the office this morning.
Today is my first day of Training. Our trainer Anmol and Lu gave us a comprehensive presentation of how the training will be like during the two weeks. After the introduction we did one hour imitation of one poster which the trainer assigned for is. The goal for duplicate the poster is to prove the mistakes in the poster and figure out the fonts and colors. After we finished it Lu and Anmol gave us feedback of our work. Also they told us how to find the same fonts in the Adobe Acrobat. When we came back from one hour lunch break we are assigned to design a poster for the City Tech Writer Volume 15th. The trainers gave us 45 minutes to develop some drafts also practice writing an email for the clients. Around three fifteen Lu and Anmol started to check our works and gave us some constructive feedbacks about our posters which I think is really helpful.
I think it is critical to take the training before we actually start our internship. Through the training we can get familiar with the working process. I want to learn how to quickly develop an idea and get my work done in a short period of time. Today I haven’t got a chance to work with Antonin but we had some conversation based on the thing we’re not clear. I believe we will work more closely next time.