My name is Erin Murphy. For my senior year internship for Aurora High School I worked with BrownFlynn and their Senior Design Consultant, Jennifer Griffith, in the area of graphic design. I learned many new concepts that reinforced and also changed my perception of a career in graphic design. During my time at BrownFlynn, I learned some key things that reinforced my desire to pursue a career in graphic design, including:
Working with different Adobe software that I can have fun with
Helping different people communicate in a more effective way
Not everything in design is fun, but 99% of it is
I can work at a place that would allow me to do all different types of design work
Every day is different, but the projects will always be interesting and challenging
Also during my internship, I learned some new concepts that changed my perception of a career in graphic design. A couple of examples are:
It can be long hours depending on how far away you live from work and how much work you have to do
A graphic designer does not only do design, but also has to know the business side of the organization
There is a front and back door to design (or the designer and the person who brings those designs to life through coding). It’s hard to do both and do them perfectly.
Sometimes you might have a project that you do not necessarily want to do, but you have to do it anyway because it’s your job
A lot of responsibility can fall on your shoulders and sometimes a client might want you to do something at the last minute, and you have to be able to adapt and deliver for them
While my internship helped me realized what a true job in graphic design could be, I also know that for now I can just focus on college and enjoy the next few years before entering the workforce myself. Thank you everyone at BrownFlynn for helping me understand what a career in graphic design can really be.
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