Industrial experience isa chance for me to get a greater understanding of areas of design which I cannot get through sitting in the College studio. Industrial experience will allow me to see and feel first hand what working as a designer is really like. Different places have different ethics and ways of working so a variety of industrial experience is a great idea.
2. What can you learn from industrial experience?
I can learn about real deadlines and how the system works between designers and others staff members. It is important to know others peoples roles in a team and industrial experience will give me an insight and help me learn about this so that when I finish my course, I have more of an understanding and can adapt better.
3. What form/format could industrial experience take?
At the moment, industrial experience for me is all about visits. I hope to get quite a few visits in place over the next few months. Initially I need to find out designers I like and explore/research places where I could go. In the future, industrial experience could mean placements. I would love to go to a studio but also se how a freelancer works also. Over the summer I hope to get quite a few placements and make good contacts.
4. What areas of industry are you interested in?
I am really interested in typography and layout. I would love to go and do some industry experience for a freelance illustrative typographer and also a large magazine such as Grafik or Creative Review to see how they work in such a big team. I would hope to make some great contacts and be memorable to these places as these will be valuable when I finish my degree.
Alison Carmichael is on my list of people I would LOVE to get some industry experience with.
Dan Tobin Smith is a photographer who I would love to gain some knowledge from. I love the images he creates by using perspective.
Grafik is coming back in January and I would just love to do a placement there. Layout is a massive part of what I want to do as a designer.
5. What are your concerns about industrial experience?
I am concerned that I will not be memorable and have limited interests. I don't have any hobbies or many views on things and so sometimes I think this makes me seem a bit boring! My main passion is graphic design. I am also concerned that I will not learn alot from some places as they will get me to do demeaning tasks such as make tea. I want them to treat me as a designer with potential, and to see that I am there to learn about the industry, not how to be a tea lady.