Monday, 22 October 2012

Study Task 3

Use your PPP blog to record your responses to the following questions ahead of the group tutorials after reading week.

Identify at least five responses to each question and find appropriate primary and secondary sources of information (including visual material) that will support your findings. You will need these at your group tutorial and will form the basis for group discussion.

What is Industrial experience?

Industrial experience is simply being able to work on a range of live briefs, with the right mindset any graphic designer can push their work to an industry standard. 

Industrial experience also works when the graphic designer is open to working in different studio environments alongside a range of different people who can offer them knowledge and new skills. 

It is important to experience new things in the industry as it will help you decide where your interests lie as a designer.  Once you start to build your confidence up you can speak to a range of different clients including pitching ideas and working as a team with fellow professionals.  

You learn how to be a professional within the industry and getting paid for your work.

What can you learn from industrial experience?

You can gain a breadth of knowledge from working with a range of different clients and other designers.

You pick up skills that are not realistically taught at university for example appropriate communication skills, time management, organisation and copy right.

Working on a range of briefs and sharing them online can help you build up an online presence.

Live briefs may have a bigger budget so you may find when it comes to building your portfolio, you will have an impressive body of work that is to industry standard. 

You can learn about new places and ways of getting round an unfamiliar place, this may be scary at first but it will no doubt build your confidence. 

What form/format could industrial experience take?

The main forms that spring to mind are visiting professionals, live briefs, studio visits and internships. 

Further examples are freelancing, online networking, competition briefs, design festivals, conferences, events, and exhibitions.

As a student we are learning about industry experience through PPP sessions with John and Fred.

Design magazines like Computer arts offer great articles that give valuable advice to students.

Networking and talking to people who you meet at events, galleries, work placements or even someone you are serving at a bar for a uni job etc you never know who you might meet.

What areas of industry are you interested in?

I am currently open to most aspects of industry experience, however I am concerned that my interests don't cover web design and advertising. These both don't particularly interest in, one because I think web design is hard and daunting because coding is like a whole different language. I think advertising is against some of my ethics and being part of a massive corporation scares me to think I would just be a face in a crowd. I feel strongly about working for small and independent studio's who have worked hard to make it to the top of their game. I have a passion for print, so I am interested in editorial and branding that could extend to other products. I love music and how you can promote artists through interesting visuals. The packaging and merchandise aspect is also interesting to me as I album covers and vinyl. 

What are your concerns about industrial experience?

I am concerned that I wont be able to get a placement over summer because there is a lot of competition out there and I am worried my work wont push through to be a higher standard over the rest.

I am concerned that I wont have the sufficient funds to cover travel and accommodation, especially when it comes to wanting to intern in London.

Does my portfolio speak for itself? Will I be good enough by the end of second year?

What do people expect from an intern?

How do I approach a studio?


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