COMD 4900 Spring 2020: Valentine’s Potluck Poster

It is my second week of working at the internship. Although I notice that it is definitely a more casual setting, I make sure that I dress business – casual, to look the part. This week, I have worked remotely and also worked in the office.

My supervisor really enjoyed the way the brochures came out – but they had to change some things about the formatting, and once it was printed out, it did not look as good as it did when I initially made it. This really shows me why it essential to have design editors, who know about design, and what looks good!

After the brochure, my next assignment was to work on an event poster. The event was for a Valentine’s Potluck. I had started to brainstorm ideas and sketch thumbnails at home, so when I came to the office, I would already have ideas in mind, so I could focus more on making the design look good, then actually brainstorming while I was there.

I realized that this is pretty essential when you are working in design. Your clients give you a deadline, so if it takes you a while to come up with ideas, it is good to brainstorm at home when you have some free time. You don’t want to just be sitting in front of a computer, without an idea. If that is the case, you are wasting your own time, and your client’s time. And that is something that they do not take lightly (for the most part). After all, they are paying you!

Even though this internship is unpaid, I still keep that in mind. I know that what is invaluable, is to connect and network. I want my supervisors and colleagues to know that I am dependable, and they can depend on me to get it done.

For the Valentine’s Potluck poster, I decided to take inspiration from candy hearts. You know how they all say something on them like “Cutie” “I love you” “You’re the best” … well I decided instead to make candy hearts on Illustrator, and they say the event information instead. I made a candy heart pattern as well, to use for a background. My supervisor appreciated how creative it was – they loved it.