Work experience

Work experience

Information architecture workshop

I’m taking an online UX course, while my boss wants to redesign our company website. I took this as a good chance to apply what I have just learnt - information architecture - card sorting!

I wrote down some keywords on post-it notes and asked my boss to sort them in categories, so I would know how the website is structured.

Besides sorting, I also prepared some questions like who is the target audience, what is the first impression of the website, how do you want the visitors to interact with your website, what is the goal of specific pages etc, so that I can have a clearer idea of what would be challenges and how to solve them out.

Design Journey, Work experience, Social

As a full time graphic designer in B'ham

I have been working at Eastside Co for four months, I really enjoy my job here because there's always opportunity to apply my skills outside graphic design, like drawing illustration (e.g. web and app icons) and taking photos (for company's instagram posts!)

Last month, I won my very first internal award, we call it 'trooper award'. We dominate one to two colleagues for their hard work every week. The 'trooper' came to me because of my design for the shopify meet up event. The 'trooper' reflects company's encouragement to people's contribution, which I hope every company should have this positive culture.

Beside work, we have a good work-life balance that we play foosball during lunch hour and break time. And every time when we have new members join in, we will have a pizza day! I remember my first day was a Pizza Friday and we had social after work, which was a very warm welcome :)

I'm going to pause my share here, wishing to have more and more good experience to share in a later date!

Work experience

Working under the Arches

The Arches Project, a railway arch space in Digbeth, offers a platform for creative talents of all discipline, giving emerging artists the opportunity to gain experience within the industry and achieve the exposure they would not other wise have received.

I approached TAP as a volunteer graphic designer, offering my design skills to this positive art organisation. I was committed to design their whole branding, giving them a new look for the new year. This rebrand project was started in the early January 2016.

I'd been trying on different types and colours for the new logo. A hand-written one has a strong artistic style, but is less legible. Adding the 'arches' element is always my goal because it's relevance to their brand name and their unique location.

To see the full project, go to  here .

To see the full project, go to here.

TAP is a very warm and welcoming place, I used to go there once a week to share ideas, but then I came in almost every day to gain more work experience. Apart from the branding, I also worked on social media graphics, Artist and Sponsorship forms and press release. This voluntary work also enabled me to further my knowledge of art exhibition management. 

Surrounded with nice and helpful people, creative paintings and talented artists from different places, I really enjoy working within this art atmosphere. I'd been doing volunteer work there until I got a job offer from a design and print company in the early March. These two months experience in TAP brought me a lot of happiness and confidence. I'm so glad to be a part of them.

I'm so excited to start a new journey for my career, and would still help TAP on my spare time. If you also want to help artists follow their dreams, go to easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/archesproject/ and start shopping at your favourite online stores. It is completely free for you and a great help for them. I'm kindly appreciate that!

'If you feel helpless, go to help someone.' - Aung San Suu Kyi

Work experience

Work experience @Top Banana

Thanks to New Designers, I met Dave, the art director of Top-b, and was given a two week placement at this well-known global event management company.

On my first day, a big sheet of paper was already sticked on the wall, I had my own working space, called Edna's space/ Edna's corner. What a warm and surprise welcome! :D

So, here is a break down of what I have done and learnt throughout the days.

Day 1 (25 Aug 2015):

  • Three previous live briefs was given to me, and see what ideas I can come up with.
  • Briefing started sharply at 9, everyone needs to tell what they are going to work on.
  • Drawing storyboard was a challenging task to me, but the brainstorming session was fun.
  • Event/ conference identity is different from the commercial logos I used to create.

Day2 (26 Aug 2015):

  • My expected train was cancelled, letting Dave to wait for me at the station :(
  • Event logo design, idea sharing and brainstorming.
  • Preparing presentation slides and mock ups for CDF event.
  • Went for a walk at lunchtime, the weather was so nice :)

Day3 (27 Aug 2015):

  • Involving into a live brief, idea sharing and brainstorming.
  • Drawing a draft storyboard with a growing plant idea, was modified by Dave.
  • Having a tasty cupcake and refreshment at tea hour, so lucky :)
  • Keep doing 'Reaching for the sun' logo.

Day4 (28 Aug 2015):

  • Designing a invitation card and recreating a map for a event of Wolseley.
  • A lovely baby visited us, everyone was refreshed x
  • Creating invitation cards and designing presentation slides for CDF event.
  • My work always needed to be refined by Dave, haha learnt a lot from him!

Day5 (1 Sept 2015)

  • Making Top-b's case studies sheets, which they call it Memory box.
  • Converting presentation slides from indesign to powerpoint.
  • A very productive day!

Day6 (3 Sept 2015)

  • Continue making Top-b's Memory box.
  • Designing Aggregate Industry Posters.
  • Learning and trying to colour sketches by markers.
     

Colleagues at Top-b were so friendly and cheerful, and they made a good cup of tea! I have great time in this harmony working environment, wish I can spend more days there.

Work experience, Design Journey

Work experience @IE Design Consultancy

I was doing a one-week placement strictly after New Designer. It was my first work placement in my design journey. IE Design Consultancy is a design agency who mainly work for charity, education and health organisation who based in Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham. I was curious about how creativity can work for these non-commercial sectors. 

On the first day, I was a bit disappointed to know that an interesting brief is going to present in the next day and I did not have a chance to get involve in it because of the time limit. However, I was given a new brief to redesign the identity of IE office, which I could walk around the office and read over their case studies to know more about their business. I really enjoy reading their case studies to gain knowledge on a live design project scope, schedule and budget.

On the second day, I was happy to hear that the presentation of that interesting brief was postponed. I was asked to design a recipe book for a local Michelin Star restaurant. Pascaline, the designer I was working with, gave me some suggestion on the design and kindly sent off her research to me. A bold, modern but elegant recipe book was finally done, I was happy with the result.

On the other day, I saw Pascaline was still working on the restaurant brief, she picked an ink jar and some brushes upstair. I was curious about how she got on the brief so I followed her and asked what she was doing. She kindly explained her ideas for the branding, shared her work with me and asked for my opinion. After some conversation, I tried to redesign the wine menu for the restaurant.

Throughout the week, I kept working on the identity brief for IE office. To keep things within budget, I designed some posters to tell visitors about IE's work, which is for hanging in the office entrance. I also thought of some decorating ideas to make the office 'green'.

A week after my placement, I received Pascaline's email. She said the client for the restaurant brief was really impressed with their approach and is going to launch the design. She thanked for my help throughout the week, and mentioned I really helped her to complete the project. I was so impressed with the feedback, and I could see how valuable my contribution was.

I'm satisfied with this work experience, thanks my tutor Jane for giving me a chance.

It is worth to ask if people need any helps during your work placement!