Working as a design intern at Faculty Commons has been a great experience. It has been a great place to learn and also grow as a designer and professional. I would say my greatest experiences here would be designing for various projects, however, I have equally had as much of a good time getting to know my co-workers hanging out in the FC office. Or even being on the hunt for Pelf more recently as the holidays approach.
Working at FC has pushed me to try new things as a designer and test my boundaries. Before starting at FC I barely touched Adobe Illustrator. Yet a full semester into working at FC and my last three projects have all been done entirely on illustrator.
As for improvements. I feel like I could always ask for more help and assistance. Whether it be for someone to look over my emails before I send them or get someone to offer advice or look over a recent project. A fresh set of eyes or a new opinion is always something that can help take your work in a stronger direction. And there is definitely always room for improvement.
Now that your (semester/college career) is over what are some goals that you plan to work toward this summer?
Some goals that I want to set for myself is to improve my technical skills. I want to work more in programs like Illustrator and Photoshop. Indesign has been sort of my best friend my entire career and I would like to be able to branch out to the other Adobe programs. Therefore, over the winter break (and into the summer) I will be practicing my Illustrator and Photoshop skills.
• Looking back at (this past semester/your time) at FC,
What is one of the best experiences you had working here?
One of the best experiences I had working here was working with WAC. I don’t have that many clients but I always look forward to speaking with the WAC Writing Fellows. I enjoy the creative freedom they give me with my designs and I also appreciate the fact that they are always looking for ways to get the message out about what they do.
What is one thing that could have been done to improve your experience working here?
Looking back now, and I know it wasn’t necessarily in my control, but one thing I would do to improve my experience is adjust my work schedule. As of now I have worked in the late afternoons to evenings, and on the later days of the week. I realize now that a lot of the work needs to get done by the beginning of the week, or sometimes the clients want to meet earlier than my work hours. I know I’m already taking morning classes next semester. Since I can’t really do anything about what times I work, I want to spread myself out more throughout the week so the clients can get what they need sooner.
Below are the questions we would like you to reflect on and answer. Also when publishing your post please remember to add the following categories to your post, End of the Semester Reflections, Fall 2018 and your name.
• Now that your (semester/college career) is over what are some goals that you plan to work toward this summer?
• Looking back at (this past semester/your time) at FC,
- What is one of the best experiences you had working here?
- What is one thing that could have been done to improve your experience working here?
• For those graduating, what words of encouragement or advice would you give to the upcoming designers at Faculty Commons?
Please have these answered by next week Wednesday, December 19th.
During my time here at FC I have enjoyed working with some of the faculty and working with the members of the design team. I enjoyed working on all of my projects because I learn something new every project. While working for WAC I learned how to adjust accordingly to the clients needs. I also learned the importance of double checking your work. I enjoy working with WAC because I had full creative freedom and the clients were amazing with responding back and making sure everything went well.
One of the most challenging projects I did this semester was editing/updating the information of previous projects. While editing the projects I became extremely grateful for the current file naming and organization system. Eventually, with patience and persistance I was able to complete the edits and submit them on time.
The projects at FC has aligned with my professional career goals because it helped me gain the habit of being in constant communication. It has also taught me how to be consistent with my files and to ensure that all of my files have no errors. FC basically taught me to have a better eye for detail and a better ear for listening.
I am currently working with two clients from the English Department. I came across challenges having clear communication with clients. I think for it was so important to know what had to be done. I worked having a clear conversation with clients. I started to print out an email and read carefully. I need to understand if I am responding to the questions that are being asked. I asked for help from my colleagues and understand how to respond and meet deadlines on time.
I enjoy actually managing the English project which is meeting the deadlines and getting posters and advising tool printed. I wanted to enhance my management skills which English project is helping know what I am capable. I enjoyed working on different projects which the English Department provided.
The Zine project that I worked for FC training will going into my portfolio because I love working on that project and I am also going to app project into my portfolio because it was something different to work and I would to prove the City Tech App design project.