After finishing the poster, I started doing the same task with my partner. The upcoming would be a busy week, in which we worked for almost 20 hours. On the first day of the week, we were going to design a couple of versions of the postcard for a student experience survey. This was a big challenge to us because we never did this before, however, we researched information and a bunch of postcard designs to find inspiration to develop in our design. Later, we had a small group meeting with my supervisor and director. We shared our own ideas of visual postcards and discussed each other. They chose my idea and told me it should be changed to be another color. After the meeting, Isana dragged Brooklyn College brand guidelines on each person’s laptop and suggested that the color use the secondary colors. Therefore, we continue to work on postcards.
On Thursday, Isana printed the list for us and pointed out what we should do in detail, which included two postcards, two posters, one big banner, and three boards. My partner and I have assigned different tasks because of time limits. Almost at the end of the day, we finished all the drafts about this project. But unfortunately, the client changed her mind and we should redesign the whole thing because all designs should be kept in the same style. And Isana made sure that we can continue the work tomorrow. We tried to learn some new skills from YouTube like making splash ink in Adobe Illustrator.
On the last day of this week, we prepared the whole thing for this project. At the meeting, we showed us our works and they were satisfied with it. I realized that was a great opportunity to learn even though we need to redo the whole thing.
On the second day of the internship, we got a new project which is a poster for “2020 The Cuny Middle States Council Presents: Msche Symposium” instead of handbook cover. The design is also similar to the handbook cover, a simple layout with an abstract graphic background. Isana showed us the previous interns’ work, the pdf files come with different colors with the same version for 2019. For this project, we should come up with 5 versions at a limited time because Isana had a meeting. She chose 3 pieces of artwork from each person before we left.
During the next week, Isana told me they picked my first version of the poster as their favorite. I am excited they chose my design, and Isana explained to me where I needed to fix it. Therefore, I am still working on a poster and my partner assigned to start the new project.
This was the final poster version:
The first project we are going to design two book covers, one was the AES assessment handbook which for the registered office, learning center and the number of students attending the event that link to the budget. Another one was the General Education Assessment Workbook which for students to access their goal and make strategies to fulfill the College’s mission. My supervisor showed us the example of the previous design they used and explained to us the client’s demands. The client demands the size was 8.5 x 11 inches, the design gonna use an abstract graphic background, and for the color which is based on the Brooklyn College’s logo, “maroon”. After that, we started working on our first project. We should have six versions of each book cover, the first step we are going to sketch out our ideas for the cover and communicate with a partner which can improve the work looks better, and the second step was to create the visual book cover. At a specific time, our supervisor would take a look at our design and provide some suggestions and show us where it should be fixed. The biggest challenge for this project was the color limited and must use a graphic background as the cover, no images. I hope I can brainstorm more ideas for this project and work better.
Here were my designs:
The first day I started my internship, I got three minutes late and felt nervous. I was wearing casual clothing and got to the IE Brooklyn College Office at 9 o’clock. When I stepped into the office, I noticed that our office doesn’t have a dress code. In this office, this was an open work area, also there is a conference room and comes with a long table in the middle. And we should bring our own laptop to the office when we work because the office does not come with a device. Normally, Isana who is my supervisor and she was sitting in front of us to work on her own business like paperwork or something, and my classmate FengYi who is another intern, there were only three of us in the office. My supervisor worked here for 8 hours or less. I usually go to the office on Monday and Thursdays at 9 AM and work for 6 hours per day. If you want to work more hours you can come early. In addition, we got a 30-minute lunch break. The schedule is very flexible.