Tell us about your role at Clever Ghost
As a junior designer, I assist with rolling out designs, am involved in branding projects, pick up the smaller jobs and write the occasional blog post (hello!).
How have you found your time at Clever Ghost?
I've had such a fantastic experience as part of the Clever Ghost team and I've grown so much over the past seven months. The work environment, colleagues, the craic, all the different projects coming in; it's been a real affirmation that graphic design is the right path.
What are the benefits of being on a placement?
For me, the main benefit of placement is getting a more practical insight into graphic design and how ideas are brought to life.
What are the best & worst things about your placement?
The best things about placement have been the craic, working with Danni and Paul, and seeing projects I've worked on making it into the real world. It's been a really rewarding experience. As for the worst, and I'm struggling here, I'm not much of a morning person so the routine took a bit of getting used to, but it's been worth it.
Any favourite projects?
The Redemptorist Youth Ministry branding was an enjoyable project to work on. We were asked to represent the rich history of the Redemptorists to a younger audience, which was a lovely challenge, and I learned a lot from it. The process was exciting to take part in, from putting forward concepts, chatting through ideas in internal presentations to evolving with client feedback and rolling out brand assets.
How have your skills developed?
I'm able to work faster at fleshing out ideas, be less precious about initial concepts and I'm a lot more confident talking about my work as well. I've also learned how to export work ready for use and I have a clearer understanding of an effective design process and presentation of work.
Any advice for students thinking about doing a placement?
Would 100% recommend it. You'll pick up skills you can't learn in a lecture theatre and be better prepared for final year and beyond. Once you're on placement, use every opportunity to learn and make the most of it.
What does the next chapter hold in store?
I'm heading back to Leeds for my final year. So, returning to student life and coursework for a bit and if all goes well I'll be graduating in the summer!
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