•Have you come across any challenging projects this semester, whether it was a class project or a project with FC? How did you accomplish the project?
So far the only challenge I come across this semester is senior project, I thought I can be ahead of the timeline, but so far I feel like I’m a little behind. Hopefully I can catch up with the timeline during spring break.
•What project(s) did you enjoy working us thus far during this semester?
I really enjoy working on the Stronger Tomorrow project, I am also happy to know that this event will continue and become like a tour around other colleges.
•Make a goal that you want to accomplish by the end of the semester.
My goal for the rest of the semester is to complete all my project for my classes on time, as well as get myself started on freelancing and job application after college. And I need to research for graduate school after City Tech.
Have you completed all your work (for the Fall 2016 semester) with your clients and closed all loops?
I have completed most of my projects this semester, with Honor Scholar Program, WAC and Sponsored Programs. I will be working into next semester with Atrium Learning Center, Wellness for Women of Color and Literature Art Festival with William.
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 the results of the work I completed this semester. My favorite projects is the Wellness for Women of Color and the Holiday Breakfast invitation because there is room for creativity, less formatting from previous semester.
How are you going to prepare for next semester during the Holiday Break? If you are departing from the team (), let us know your plans for 2017.
I will be working on some self branding such as a website and I will be preparing for my senior project for the next semester. Getting down the name and the brand for my Chinese Skin Care line down and what kind of products would my company sell, who would be my target audience. Doing some visual research to keep my mind going for creativities.
Today I have time to finish up the flyer and to fix the previous projects. I was told we need to put together a presentation for the two projects and the group project for the last day of training. And we still have a group project that we need to work on as well, I was a little worry about the time I have left to put together every time.
During the group project, Phil and I only have one concept to present because we just really like our posted note concept and believe it will work for the brand and the target audience. But in an ideal world it is the best to show up with more then one concept just in case the client does not like our first choice.
After we decided the concept for the project, we all worked well and ask each other for advices and have some pretty good back and forth feedback on the project.
On the fifth day of training, Phil and I came in separately to work on our Welcome New Faculty flyer. I have a different way I want to design this flyer because I feel it would be more effective if the flyer is in a different shape and I want to break out of the pattern of using seasonal theme and illustration design for the flyer, and use image to communicate Faculty.
I face challenge in finding the right pictures that convey Faculty and after I find the image that work, I face the challenge in making the text work with the image and rearrange the copy on the flyer. The team and I had a great discussion on the image choices, the text, and the new shape of the flyer. All their opinions really help put together this flyer for Welcoming New Faculty.
Today is the fourth day of training, this morning we wrapped up the “Choose your hood” project, and while we are finalizing the design, Phil and I helped each other on color decisions and some technical problems as well. My challenge of the day is choosing the colors for all the houses I illustrated for my poster, making sure the colors work together and it keep everything in the right attitude and mood.
Afterward we have a meeting about clients relation, working with printer and the steps in working on a project. It was very useful and I was comfortable to ask questions of any possible situation and how to be prepare. Especially about the dress code as well, I’m not familiar about how to dress in office and how to dress when meeting with a clients. As a designer I alway thought your outfit can express your personality and it would be appropriate for a designer office as well.
Today is the third day of training, we have a lot of time to work on the “Choose Your Hood” element project. I sat down and just draw on illustration for my design and I managed to complete the basic outline and text for my design. And I got some advice from Mandy on how to stylize the typography and it is looking really good now. I’m really excited for the final outcome of it!
Beside working on my project, I tried my best to help Phil to decide the style for his project as well. I showed him work that I think it will help him bring together his project.
During the training, I learned more about how to use online sources to build my skill set, it is very useful because you can only learn so much from the classroom and it never hurt to learn more about the software.
On the second day of the training we learn about email etiquette and wrote an email to Professor Jordan regarding the redesign poster project. Before this exercise I always try to write as professional as I can when I write or response to email, but it is not always prefect. From this exercise I learned that it is important to keep email precise and not to repeat any unnecessary details. As a team William and Arianna helped me a lot on how to write appropriately.
On the feedbacks on my first poster design, I received many useful suggestions such as making sure the text is readable, the overall composition of the poster and finding good balance between the text and the illustration. Although it is good to make the text and illustration have some interaction, but in my case for the Earth Day poster, the text and the illustration need to have their own space in order for the composition to work and not to feel crowded.
I started to brainstorm for the second project, Choose Your Hood. I got some great idea for that and really excited to finalize it.
This is my first opportunity to work in a design team outside of the classroom, I don’t know what to expect. Most of the tasks is very similar to the tasks I did in class. I think these tasks are very effective to test the knowledge of the design interns of their skills on the software and as well as their design style and concept development. The challenge I faced today is finding the correct font for the replica, but I did the best I can to match up the exact typography, need a lot of attention to detail. Everyone here are very friendly and it made the training very fun, but still professional. I’m looking forward to the rest of the training.