My second week at Renegade Agent Marketing went by in a flash. We obviously had a holiday weekend and they didn’t need me on Tuesday so I ended up working from Wednesday to Friday. I had emailed the proof sheet to my boss Billy and he really liked the changes. Unfortunately the customer was still unsure about the designs. I sat down to start from scratch and Sean, the website designer that sits next to me, was just encouraging me to stay focused on what they want and not to take it personally. Within minutes I had something new. It was simple yet effective and my boss was impressed how fast I got it done. With that sent off for feedback, I started on my next project which was a logo design for a clothing line that the owners wife was starting up. Talk about high pressure. I met with her and she gave me some drawings that she did and explained to me what she was looking for. She basically wanted a badge or crest of some kind that symbolized what her company was about. I spent Thursday and Friday coming up with a bunch of different designs, converting them to .png files, and sent all of it out before the weekend.
This week really took my photoshop skills to a different level. I have become really comfortable with masking layers and I’m learning more and more tricks. One thing that I took away from the week was not to get discouraged when you have a picky customer. It’s part of the job to try stuff and get feedback until the customer is happy. It’s definitely a nice to have another designer there to give me tips and encouragement. This week was a great learning experience.
I landed a marketing internship with Harman Signal Processing through a client of my father’s. My dad is self-emplyed as a fishing boat captain and began working with a man who is the CEO of the foreign division of Harman. His client was nice enough to put in a good word for me at one of the company’s headquarters in South Jordan, Utah. I believe this campus is where most of the DigiTech brand operates.
The last week was spent flying out to Salt Lake City (where I will be residing for the summer), signing a lease on an apartment and getting my life in order and prepared for this new internship. I spoke on the phone with one of my supervisors beforehand and he asked me to explain my goals for the summer to him, and they would see where they could fit me. I said that I am mainly focused on audio recording and production, but am eager to gain any kind of experience and hands-on work as I can.
I am incredibly excited to get started. While I’m not entirely sure what kind of responsibilities I will have on a day-to-day basis, I truly am interested in anything they can throw at me. My first day is June 1st, this coming Monday.
The first week at Renegade Agent Marketing was really eventful. I ended up working everyday from Tuesday to Friday. After my first day, I got some feedback on my initial logo design. They liked the spacing and the font but they wanted more defined edges and something that looked more like a seal or badge. I began messing around with borders and added a strikethrough line at the bottom. I also added an arrow on top of the long part of the H to symbolize growth. I put all the different designs on one proof page along with a circular logo that I made when I was just messing around and submitted it for feedback. They liked where I was heading but really like one part in particular from the circular logo. The light bulb in the center. They asked me to get rid of the gear and replace it with the bulb and they also wanted to get away from the green color scheme. I spent the next two days making the edits, perfecting the fonts, and coming up with cool color schemes. I made sure to have the proof sheet done by friday so I could present it monday morning and get more feedback.
The main thing I took away from this week was just the overall gain in knowledge of photoshop. It had been a while since I had used the program so I was a little rusty but by the end of the week I pretty much had it down again. I really like the fact that I get to be creative at work. It makes me appreciate being a digital arts major.
Today marks the second week of my summer internship here at DME located in Daytona Beach Florida. This week I continued to design more Fathers Day gift wrapping paper. I have made many different pattern designs. I made patterns on the topic of fishing since most men enjoy the outdoors and fishing! my pattern consist of : Fish, fishing rod, cooler with text on the cooler ( Happy fathers Day). The second pattern I designed had to do with the topic of business: ties, bow ties with text on the bow tie ( Happy Fathers day) I have also designed a BBQ pattern: chef pig, ribs, and BBQ sauce on the BBQ sauce bottle it says ( Happy Fathers Day). Lastly I created a corona, lime and crown design and under the crown text says ( Happy Fathers Day) This was my all time favorite because I have gained more skills and I am finally getting the hang out pattern surface design. I am super excited for them to go up on DME giftskin website so that customers can start buying there Fathers Day gift wrapping paper!
( I also was able to incorporate a image box on all wrapping paper that i designed so that the customer can upload the picture of the “Father”)
Today was my first day as a graphic design intern for Renegade Agent Marketing. I basically just got the run through of what they do and how they work. I met the team and got my desk with a double screen computer equipped with Adobe Creative Suite. Just by chance, the owner of the company decided to take everyone out to lunch so I got to get to know everyone and get any awkwardness out of the way. Once lunch was over it was time to get to work. I was assigned my first project which was to design a logo for a website they were building. Basically, our company gets contracted to offer business solutions, marketing tools, search engine optimization, web site design, etc. The website that they are working on now is for a business that is looking to do what we do. It’s called Business Growth Experts. My initial criteria for the logo was something modern with a green color scheme and they wanted it to symbolize growth. I began brainstorming and drawing out doodles. The first thing I thought of was a tree branch or a plant. Ironically, not 5 minutes later my boss came in an said “Oh yeah, No trees or plants.” So i scratched that idea and just started working on getting the text right. “Business Growth Experts” is a lot to fit into a logo so I started to realize that the spacing of the text was the most important part. By the end of the day I had something ready to present to my boss the next day.
Monday March 11th I started my Summer internship at DME in Daytona Beach Florida. I started at 10:00 and ended at 3:00 my main schedule is Monday-Wedneday reaching 15 plus hours a week. Today I met Anna a Graphic Designer here at DME she is my main mentor and guides me in the right direction when working on projects. I also was able to meet the entire team which I found very large and amusing. Today I did mainly research on the companies website along with “GiftSkin” – one website that the company uses. This website allows customers to pick and design there own gift wrapping paper! They can choose from many designs that the designers create here at DME or they can make their own. Today I learned much about the company and what projects I will be working on this summer. My first project coming up is to design and make Fathers Day gift wrapping paper. I design this through Adobe illustrator, Photoshop and working in CMYK, since it’s ultimately a print document. Today I was able to take notes and come up with my own ideas; I even was able to through a sketch together for my first project. I am looking forward to learning much more and gaining real life experience here at DME. I am super excited to be creating many designs and patterns for cards, wrapping paper, wall paper..,etc. It is awesome knowing that I am designing and creating wrapping paper for clients!
At my last internship week with Lynne, she decided to surprise me and take me to an open event. This event was at an art museum down the street from her office. It was a “paint out” event, where people gathered to watch an artist paint a piece. I would usually be bored watching someone paint, as I have no background in fine art or know of any techniques to paint with. However, the environment surrounding was inspiring, with flowers and a lake which set the perfect scene for her painting. I think that it was nice having this experience. We were able to look in the museum at all of the pieces that had been painted during the “paint out,” most of which were still wet with the paint. After that back at the office, I began working on a new concept for another high end hair salon called “Blanca Salon.” This salon offered much more variety in design then the other salon idea that I have been working on. Lynne has offered me a position to continue working with her throughout the summer on a project basis. I am excited to continue expanding my skills and gain more experience for where ever my career path may take me next!