The chart shows just a few of the many things I learned in the office. In the past few months I have also learned how to work as part of a design team and how to prepare for and take part in a meeting. Along with all of the things I have mentioned, I have also grown as a designer and as an individual. I had a wonderful experience and couldn't have asked for a better first internship.
The bar has been set for future employers, after working for Amy and Stephen I will be expecting a lot and am truly grateful that they gave me the opportunity to be a part of their team.
How to Work with an Art Director
Some of the things I learned from working with Amy as my art director include, how to work from a creative brief, that it is important to do multiple rounds of edits, helpful InDesign shortcuts, what to expect at a press check and that it is important to stand up and walk around the office (it will make you smart!).
How to Work with a Developer
When working with Stephen I learned: how important trial and error is, how to update different Drupal and CMS websites, to refresh pages constantly, and how to work with what feels like thousands of windows open.
I learned how to update, create and sort content on the websites for many of 4x3’s clients (ie - EPRU, National Arts Program, Morris Rugby, Ivy Rugby, My Favorite Plumber, Norris Sales and Norris Party Rentals).
Print & Digital Newsletters
I learned to design newsletters for both print (the National Arts Program Newsletter) and for digital use (the EPRU Rugby Report). I learned that designing a newsletter is basically designing a template, it must be easily updated and changed for every issue.
Not only did I learn how to have professional email correspondence with current and prospective clients, I also learned how long it can take to check and return emails in the morning.
From the moment I walked into the office I realized it’s a rugby world, all we do is live in it, but I still don’t think I could explain the difference between a scrum and a line out.
Who knew that I eould learn how to use Excel Spreadsheets better in a design and development office? (Thanks Stephen)
Christina Minopoli, 4x3 Summer Intern Philadelphia University '13