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From an intern’s perspective: tips on your first typographic project

| By: Gill Chantler (Community manager / illustrator @ Briefbox)

Beginning your journey after finishing uni can be daunting, especially in the creative industry. It is very much a dog-eat-dog world and pressure to stand out and be the best can feel at times overwhelming.

Choosing to go for an internship after graduation may allow you that extra breathing space that you need to find out what it is that really stimulates your creative fuel and what type of job or company you wish to be part of in the future. After graduation, take your fresh out of college creative drive, alongside your brand new portfolio and start approaching places for opportunities!

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I was lucky enough to study on a course that specialised in typography alongside a foundation in graphic design skills. This proved useful in my recent placements as I was able to bring a more specialised skill and interest of mine to the table. Obviously, this is very dependent on what type of design placement you manage to get and what company you end up interning for! Having that extra string to your bow may just be that little extra something you have to get your foot in the door.

Speaking of studying typography, you may not need to have studied it within a formal educational setting like me. But typography can become an exercise that you can practise freely in your own time (where Briefbox comes in rather handy!!!) or to embrace when given the chance to work on this skill during an internship. And as typography can literally be seen anywhere on various types of design e.g. web design, logo crests, editorial templates etc it’s easy to start looking out for certain designs and designers that you love.

During your internship if you come across a typographic brief here are a few pointers, from my experience, that may help:

1. Absorb as much information as you can during your internship! Remember these guys have expert experience in your field, so make sure you ask plenty questions!

2. Take note of any designers or artists that inspire you. During my internship, I discovered the work of Ged Palmer, a very talented Bristol based typographer and graphic designer that specialises in sign-painting.

3. Don’t freak out over the lingo! Most people will be surprised by the sheer number of type rules that apply in typography. Don’t panic, this is something which you will eventually start to pick up over time and will eventually come naturally. Don’t be afraid to ask!

4. Keep sketching! Graphic design companies love to see your awesome freehand drawing skills. Before you start a project, it is always a great idea to sketch down some rough ideas first.

So consider what it is that sparks your creative fire and don’t be afraid to speak up during your placement as you never know how much potential you may have to impress in your favourite creative field!

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