All posts by Jane Peterson

Wrapping it Up

This is my last week interning with SHE Changes Everything. Despite it being the end, I’m still keeping busy with designing graphics for them. I finally gained access to all of the folders needed to make more quotes for them so I’ve included an example of a few of those. Additionally, we’ve begun to focus more on poster options for SHE Day which is coming up soon. Everyone on the team has helped contribute to the idea for these, I’m just the one putting it all together in hopes of finding one that’s just right. I’ve also attached a few of the options we’re trying to decide between for these posters.

Although at times this internship has been a bit frustrating because I didn’t have access to the right folders, or I wasn’t hearing back from anyone, or because they’d assign a huge project and then want it by the next day, I can honestly say that I have gained so much from this experience. Without access to the folders, I learned to adapt. With a lack of communication, I learned how to better mine. With a huge project and a short deadline, I learned how to schedule my time properly and work under pressure. Overall, I learned more from this internship than I ever expected to, and I have the opportunity to attend one of their SHE Day events this summer, so I’m sure I will learn even more while I’m there.

So Many Quotes

After having our weekly conference call on Friday, I was assigned to make even more graphics. They shared a document with me that has a bunch of different categories they want, and then under each category, they have quotes for me to include in these graphics. It’s a similar assignment to last week however, I don’t need to invert the colors on this one so if they want ten graphics they only need ten rather than twenty which is nice. I’ve had some issues with the folders them sharing with me being empty when they are supposed to have content in them that they want me to include, but after reaching out we usually get that sorted out pretty quickly. I have not made any of these quotes as I’m still waiting for one specific folder to be shared with me so I won’t have those to share with you until next week. However, the poster that I had mentioned from last week I currently have a rough draft to share. We’re still working on all the details so it’s rather blank but it is attached below. After reaching out to Heather and communicating that I felt like I was being left in the dark at times she has become much more responsive to emails and calls so I’m glad I finally reached out to her in regards to that as that was the main issue that I was having. For now, though all I have to show is this poster as previously mentioned, next week I will have different poster ideas as well as social media graphics to share with you so stay tuned for those!

Poster for across the U.S.

During my last conference call, Heather asked me to start designing a poster for their upcoming SHE Day event. She said she would send me the details for what they wanted later that night, however, I didn’t receive any info until yesterday and usually, I turn in my work every Friday. So again, it’s stressful having only having one day to finish projects they assign me. I had reached out about when I would receive the information and never heard anything until receiving it last night. Although stressful it’s still very exciting as these posters will be used to promote their events across the U.S. They have events in Orange County, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Nashville, TN, and Chicago, IL. So it’s very exciting being able to have my work shown across the U.S. and no longer just on their social media accounts! They gave me a few ideas for what they wanted, but more so told me what they don’t want so I have a lot of options to go with. Next week I’ll be sure to upload what I’ve come up with but for now, I have nothing new to show!

Graphics, Graphics, Graphics!!!

Per usual, I had my weekly conference call with Heather. Last week she asked me to make some graphics for their Instagram account. She shared an excel sheet with me and told me to make a graphic for each highlighted quote from someone who had attended the event the year before. I skimmed through it and had some ideas based on their color scheme so thought it would be a pretty simple task. However, I soon came to realize that there were thirty-six quotes that they wanted graphics for. The design I had in mind was super simple and chic so it wouldn’t be too complex, but it would be very time-consuming. After completing all thirty-six graphics I let Heather know and she asked that I make 2 for each quote. One that had a colored background and white text and one that had a white background but colored text. This would mean that I needed to make another thirty-six graphics. So, to say the least, it was a very graphic filled week, but I learned a lot of time management and was able to complete all seventy-two graphics on time! I attached a preview of these graphics. 

Communication is Key

Throughout my internship, I’ve had many issues with communication. As mentioned before every week we have a conference call, however, up until last week those weren’t happening so I was sort of guessing with what I should be doing. Attempts at reaching out were never answered, and with a new semester, we had to pick a new weekly call time. After finally getting that all figured out I was assigned another task! The last project I worked on was the 12 days of Christmas campaign that they did (I’ve attached a few of my favorite designs below). Most recently, I’ve been asked to make a worksheet template for their event they have coming up. Additionally, I was assigned to research binders. I was a little confused by that assignment, but they need a binder to put the worksheets in and they wanted a sustainable option since that’s what their company is all about. So this week I’ve been delving into the world of sustainable binders. Surprisingly, there are a lot more options than I originally believed there would be. So until next week, I will be researching different options of sustainable binders and compiling them into an excel form for Heather (my boss) to review.  So if you’re ever in need of anything sustainable you might be shocked by the countless options you have available at your fingertips.

Week 3

So last week I did not post anything because unfortunately I wasn’t given a new project. My internship is based out of California as you know and my bosses were evacuated so they had a lot going on. However, before they were evacuated I was asked to design some graphics as they are doing a twelve days of Christmas giveaway. They shared some files on google drive that was a collection of holiday graphics that they had purchased. This packet included letters but not numbers, and since a twelve day giveaway is centered on numbers I had to design my own numbers based off of the designs they provided me with for reference. They wanted me to design them in Canva because they have a group on their to share documents so I began work on that, but didn’t receive any feedback since they were dealing with the fires in California. Thankfully they and their homes were safe from the fire but many of their friends were effected. Once they had that all figured out I finally received some feedback from my first design. Heather said she liked the design but wanted it formatted differently and wanted to focus more on the numbers rather than SHE as I had assumed, as well as wanting a different color palette. So it was back to the drawing board and I changed my colors from soft sunset colors to a cold wintery color palette. After doing this Heather was happy with the design and we were able to speak at our weekly conference call where she asked me to make the design in different sizes so they can post them on all of their different social media platforms. Lastly, since she like the style and layout she then assigned me for this week to continue my work on this and begin making a graphic very every one of the twelve days.

Week 1

Although this is my first week of posting, this is not the first week of my internship! I started working for them over a month ago now, but it’s still just as exciting as when I first began. This past week was a hectic one as usually, we have conference calls every Tuesday, meaning my work is due every Tuesday. However, this was not the case this week. This week they wanted to send out a PDF about coffee almost like a magazine, but they wanted it by Thursday. That meant I only had TWO days to compile and design a thirteen-page guidebook about coffee, which by the way I didn’t know too much about to begin with. Despite my lack of knowledge on coffee they provided me with a brief outline of what they wanted and I began my work on this guidebook. Despite the short deadline I was proud to say I was able to complete it to the best of my abilities and turn it in on time! By that Friday my boss Heather had been able to look over it and only made minor changes, and then this guidebook was sent out to their email list! After being able to complete that I was then assigned to design a shorter condensed version of this meaning they only wanted one to two pages rather than thirteen, but for this I was given a full week. Given a full week to complete this you would think it would have been easier, but in all honesty, I struggled more with these two condensed pages than I did with my thirteen pages and the short deadline. However, before this, I always thought that I didn’t work all to well under pressure but with this assignment I proved myself wrong. So overall this experience helped with my design skills, but also my confidence in myself to be able to get things done in a timely manner.