Before an intern starts their first day at MINE™, Christopher requests that they bring in a list of things they want to get out of the time spent here. I think the request is significant for two reasons. One being that I really value the fact that Christopher actually cares about what my expectations and hopes are regarding what I extract from the experience. Another being that it forced me to really confront just what I feel my time here would best be spent focusing on. Here is my list, with some posthumous commentary added on.
1. Learn to approach problems from multiple angles and viewpoints before settling on a direction.
I feel that I too often approach problems with my initial solution. I think learning to experiment, evaluate and move forward with the most successful solution would be an approach I would benefit from.
2. Learn to be more responsible as far as time management and deadlines are concerned.
No room for error at MINE™.
3. Try to consider the client’s input when brainstorming for a design instead of trying to convince them that the solution I arrived upon my own is better.
One can hope.
4. Try to become more meticulous about completely crossing every “t” and dotting ever “i” in my designs.
Yes. The typo was originally there when I showed Christopher. Maybe this is the one I need to work on the most.
5. Learn to harness the chaos.
Balancing control and unpredictability. I certainly have the latter.
6. Create something lighthearted with happy colors.
Stern Grove bird and bunny. √
7. To contribute conceptually and graphically to projects at MINE™.
I’d like to think that I am doing this.
8. Learn how to work outside of my design crutches and still retain elements of my taste. (Become a little more adaptable)
9. Sit in on client meetings so I can hear how a successful (or unsuccessful) pitch goes.
10. Learn how to properly photograph and display my work.
Soon enough we will be shooting some work for an upcoming top secret project. So yes, this will be happening.
11. Become comfortable with articulating my opinions about design. TALK about design more.
Thursday lunches, feedback from Christopher and Tim, and writing in the blog are already helping me solidify my stance as a designer.
12. Have a good time.