Internship Journal Entry #5

This week I got more critique on my designs. The feedback I get is generally about the colors I used and the layout of my typography. At times I’m still sort of struggle with trying to find a sweet spot between making things that are visually appealing while still being professional. Especially being that the designs I’ve been making are advertisements, I want to make things that would entice people to actually click on. I think my layout and typography skills have been improving a lot ever since I started working at my internship.

Ethics Assignment #2

Throughout my time in school, I’ve compiled a list royalty free image sharing websites that I use to source images. So I normally pull from this list whenever I need an image for a design. Whenever we do our weekly design reviews with my supervisor, they always ask if the photos I use are royalty free. They mention that even though I didn’t take the pictures myself, just being able to select an appropriate imagery is a skill in itself.

The company that I work for partners with other companies like Cannon, HelloSign, Laserfiche, etc. On their website, they have a graphic design intern hub where I can access and download the logo assets for the companies that they partner with. This includes vectors, png, and other file types. I’m normally instructed on which logos I should use for each specific design

For this internship, I did have to sign a confidentiality agreement with 23 different components to it and to be honest, I’m not sure what some of the aspects exactly mean. Some aspects of it are self explanatory and kind of common sense (such as not sharing private or confidential information). For example, one aspect of the confidentiality agreement says “Survival” and the description that explains it is as follows: “Intern’s obligations of non-disclosure pursuant to the terms of this Agreement shall survive until all Confidential Information has been returned to Sponsor or the destruction thereof has been certified to Sponsor in writing.”

It’s crazy that Fairey tampering with the evidence and trying to make it seem like he didn’t get the image from a copyrighted source caused him to get jail time. I wouldn’t have expected him to have gotten jail time for trying to cover his tracks.

I’m sure that when he designed the poster he didn’t think it would get as popular as it did. But some would say that the hope poster was a pivotal tool in generating attention for Obama because I saw that poster everywhere. If the poster didn’t get as popular as did, he probably would have been okay. I wonder if he really didn’t profit from that poster, or if he said that to try and soften the blow of legal ramifications.

Sometimes when I’m watching TV or random videos online, I see images that I would like to screen shot and incorporate into a design, but it’s good that I’m already aware of the penalties of using copyrighted images.

Ethics Assignment Entry #1

Throughout my time in school, I’ve complied a list royalty free image sharing websites that I use to source images. So I normally pull from this list whenever I need an image for a design. Whenever we do our weekly design reviews with my supervisor, they always ask if the photos I use are royalty free. They mention that even though I didn’t take the pictures myself, just being able to select an appropriate imagery is a skill in itself.

The company that I work for partners with other companies like Cannon, HelloSign, Laserfiche, etc. On their website, they have a graphic design intern hub where I can access and download the logo assets for the companies that they partner with. This includes vectors, png, and other file types. I’m normally instructed on which logos I should use for each specific design

For this internship, I did have to sign a confidentiality agreement with 23 different components to it and to be honest, I’m not sure what some of the aspects exactly mean. Some aspects of it are self explanatory and kind of common sense (such as not sharing private or confidential information). For example, one aspect of the confidentiality agreement says “Survival” and the description that explains it is as follows: Intern’s obligations of non-disclosure pursuant to the terms of this Agreement shall survive until all Confidential Information has been returned to Sponsor or the destruction thereof has been certified to Sponsor in writing.

Internship Journal Entry #4

So far during my internship I’ve gotten a lot of really helpful feedback form my supervisors on how to make my designs more clear and coherent.

Being that the workplace is primarily a data management software company, it is very formal and professional. So the designs that they ask me to do have to be very straight forward and I can’t get too crazy with the imagery. This has both positives and negatives.

The positive is that it’s fairly easy to make ads but the negative is that I can’t really exercise my creativity. I have to find a middle ground between being creative and being straightforward. I don’t want my designs to be too pain and boring to the point where I don’t even feel like putting it in my portfolio. But they still have to have a level of visual interest to grab a viewers attention.

I haven’t been asked to do any clerical duties, but I wouldn’t mind if they did ask me. All the work I’ve been asked to do so far is directly related to design.

My work hours are very free and I don’t have a static schedule that I follow weekly. Therefore I can work on my projects whenever I want, so I don’t really have what you would consider a typical “work day.” But when I am working on a project, I’m normally experimenting what various fonts, layouts and imagery that advertises the companies products.

Internship Journal Entry #3

The culture of my internship is very formal. Since the internship is remote, I don’t have to worry about a dress code. I only meet with my coworkers once a week for about an hour to discuss our weekly progress with the given assignments. During this meeting we have a feedback and critique session for the work we’ve done for the week. In this meeting a normally dress in a button up shirt to respect the formal atmosphere.

My work hours are very flexible. I don’t have to work at a specific time, as long as I dedicate at least 20 hours of the week to work on my assignments. This is actually beneficial for me, because I often work better in the night time. If I had to actually go into the office and work at a specific time and work at a time when I wasn’t comfortable then, I wouldn’t be as productive in my work.

Internship Journal Entry #2

My role in the internship is a graphic designer. I will mainly create visuals assets for online ads that advertise the companies data management system. My supervisors title is ‘Marketing Associate.’

I found this internship position on LinkedIn. The ad for the position had a link for me apply on the companies personal website. A couple days after I applied, I received an email saying that I was selected for an online interview. The interview was with two people from the company.

During the interview we mainly went through my portfolio and they complimented me on how organized it is. They asked me for the inspiration behind my work and wanted to know if my work was from class projects or personal projects. They also asked me questions like where I see myself in five years, what my dream job is, how was my experience in school and what was my motivation to study design.

About five days later, I received an email saying that I was selected for the position.

Internship Journal Entry #1

The company I’m working at is a private software company named ‘Accelerated Information Systems’ (AIS). It is a small company with 10 employees and has one location based in Melville, NY.

AIS works with businesses primarily in higher education, state and local government, and wealth management to provide business solutions including document management, workflow automation, and eSignatures. They also offer professional services and hardware to support their solutions.

The company was founded in 2005 and the key moments in it’s history are as followed:

-Laserfiche Top Performer in the Financial Vertical – 2011, 2013
-Laserfiche New Sales Improvement Award – 2012
-Laserfiche Winner’s Circle Recipient – 2013 to 2020
-Laserfiche Top Performance Achievement Award – 2017
-Laserfiche Cloud Solution Provider of the Year – 2019
-Canon Strategic Partner Award – 2014

Accelerated Information Systems (AIS) is an award-winning professional services firm focused on solving business challenges with software solutions. AIS provides expert guidance, utilizing industry expertise and a strong technical skill set to design, implement, and support enterprise solutions.

AIS provides a full suite of professional services including consulting, solution design, implementation, technical support, data conversion, system integration, training, and project management.

Clients of AIS include State and Local Government, Colleges and Universities, Financial Services (Wealth Management, Investment Advisors, Broker-Dealers), Manufacturers, Not-for-Profit Organizations, TV and Media, and Multi-National Non-Governmental Organizations.

Founded in 2005, AIS is headquartered in New York and is also certified in multiple other states as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE). In addition to their status as a Platinum Certified Laserfiche Solution Provider and the 2019 Laserfiche Cloud Solution Provider of the Year, AIS is a Microsoft Cloud Silver Certified Partner.