My summer internship with the Askew Student Life Center on campus has given me a glimpse into the life and demands of a graphic designer. During the course of this internship, I have learned that being a graphic designer can be a very demanding yet rewarding experience. So far, I have been responsible for designing various print materials for the Student Life Cinema (which is a very popular place on campus). My first project was to create the theater schedules for Summer C, which list the dates and times of movies and events that take place at the Student Life Center. These schedules are distributed widely on campus and various places in Tallahassee, so it is very exciting that my work will be used in “real world” environments.
From the start of this internship, I quickly realized the difference between designing for purely aesthetic purposes (which is what I tend to focus on with my own work) and designing in order to relay information to the public. I learned that it can be very challenging to balance the two. It is difficult to create visually and functionally successful print work that appeals to a wide audience.
I have also learned the importance of being literate in a variety of computer programs, as opposed to just a few. I have used a combination of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign in order to create print designs so far. I am very fortunate to have learned how to operate all three programs during my time at FSU.
Before this internship, I only had experience designing for myself. The main thing I wanted to learn from this internship was how to design for the public, how to collaborate with others, and how to work as a team member instead of as an individual. This internship has required me to participate in weekly PR meetings, use constructive feedback in my designs, and work within exacting time constraints. The ability to work with other people is one of the most important things I could hope to take from my college experience, and I am fortunate to have acquired this skill during my internship with the ASLC.