. . . the art of design

Diary of a Graphic Design Intern

Hi.  I'm Kristen.  I'm the intern.  I immediately got stuck with writing this week's blog post, so I've decided to give you a snapshot of my first week as Daniel's shadow.

Kristen The Intern

Day One.

I opened the door with an uncomfortable sense of uncertainty, I wasn’t sure if I was actually at Daniel’s office or not. Luckily for me, I had chosen correctly. Once I took a seat he asked me what I wanted to learn, and frankly, I wanted to learn everything. How to make logos, using photoshop effortlessly and (the big papa) how to design websites. So, we dug right in. Two hours later I was thoroughly confused and thinking I would never be able to do what Daniel does. I had no idea how much went into constructing a website; it is unreal.

As for now, I’m regaining strength from the serious beat down I got from the confusing programs, but all is well. From now until Wednesday I will be blowing through CMS forums and researching many computer oriented things. I have a lot to do. I’m ready to continue my glorious internship on Wednesday!

Day Two.

I decided to take a new way to the office today. Bad idea. I realized I didn't know Downtown as well as I thought, and for the record: I do not like one-way streets ... at all. I got to the office twenty minutes late, late enough for Daniel to find an intern-oriented task for me. I was scheduled to do dry cleaning! I’ve actually never been to the dry cleaner’s before, so I was kind of excited. I come from the much forgotten land of starch and ironing. After visiting the other side, I must say the grass is truly greener.

Once I got back to the office, I got to do a little bit of html work; at least I think that's what it's called. It was fun! I loved seeing the fruits of my (small but important) labor, immediately! It was great. I also edited a few articles, which I always enjoy. The day was a complete success.

Day Three.

Today is the Emerge Albany Luncheon, and I get to tag along! I am seriously excited but a little nervous. I'm also hoping to be doing more html work today and fun things with Photoshop. At some point, we will be writing Thank You notes. I feel like they are often forgotten in this fast-paced world, but I truly feel special when I receive one.

The office has been begging me to dust it, so I'm bringing cleaning supplies with me today. Truth is, I'm totally cool with intern-oriented tasks; I like helping. I also volunteered myself to paint Daniel's new door/table, and I'm very excited about that. All in all, this week has been awesome. I feel like I'm starting to get a grip on everything, and it is a good feeling. I'm looking forward to the many things I will learn in the future. :)

Kristen.