Since this was my first internship, I didn’t really know what to expect. I imagined myself organizing paperwork, picking up the mail, and (of course) going on coffee runs for all of the employees. However, I waved goodbye to those meek expectations the moment I sat in one of TwoTone’s colorfully chic chairs. I was given design work – real design work that was to be used by clients across America! Throughout my six week internship, I have learned so much. I’m excited to share some of these insights and observations with you.
First, I have found that being an intern is way better than being in school! In design school I am given a problem, and I must solve it for myself to my instructor’s standards. However, I am a very indecisive person (I even hate choosing dinner plans), plus my instructors don’t usually put much insight into what they want out of a project. Thus, I have difficulty choosing what to design, or how to design it. However, I found that in the real world, you often design for a client who knows what they want. It is then up to the designer to visually interpret it. It is so fun to solve this “puzzle” every day in order to make clients happy, and while I do have to make decisions about the design, I generally have an idea of what they want.
Design During My Internship
At the start of my internship, I was given a task to create a “Secret Project” that would help elevate the company. Since it is becoming more popular to have animated logos, I chose to animate TwoTone’s. It was super fun!
Highland Park Baptist Church
I had a lot of fun creating this sermon series graphic, and it was especially exciting to see how much the church enjoyed it!
This was one of the Instagram posts that I made for BRAVE Church in Denver.
Secondly, I have learned so much about productivity during my time at TwoTone. The kanban system absolutely blew my mind. I had no idea how organized and efficient a company could be! It really helped me ease into the internship and figure out what I was supposed to be doing. I even bought my own whiteboard to use as a kanban for my upcoming semester at college!
Another thing that I learned was to always try new things. At about my first week here, my boss Jenny told all the girls a quote:
”Say yes and you'll figure it out afterwards.Tina Fey
While oftentimes people should be humble and ask for help when they need it, it really pushed me to attempt to do new stuff that I have never done before and to learn on the way. With this quote in mind, I feel like I did so much more than I thought I was capable of.
In a not-so-sappy “TED Talk-ish” way of things, I have also learned that there is actually such a thing as a slow Mac. I was given the “old Mac” to work on at TwoTone. While I was still super excited to be working on a Mac (my college budget Dell is nothing compared to it), I experienced times of very slow processing. It was especially ironic when I tried to “Force Quit” a program, and the pop-up that comes on to tell you that your program is non-responsive becomes non-responsive itself and must be “Force Quit” as well (confusing, right?).
Lastly (and most importantly) there are some great snacks here. Not day-old, crusty donuts that your co-worker brought from home. There are fancy chocolates, Oreo cookies, and a mysteriously large supply of chocolate covered raisins. Not to mention, there is a bag of cough drops.
In the end, I absolutely loved interning at TwoTone! Every day was different, and I constantly learned something new. Most importantly, I loved working with all of the girls at TwoTone, and I will miss them so much. The time went by so quickly, and I am very sad to leave. However, this amazing opportunity has made me even more excited for my future as a graphic designer, and I feel that it definitely helped me grow as a designer and as a human.