A few years ago, my college roommate and I found an article listing out the worst degrees to choose economically. Number one was Anthropology, which was her degree, and lucky number two was Graphic Design, which was mine. We both laughed and asked ourselves what we were getting into.
I realized then that if I was going to stick with this career in design, I would have to get gritty. So I reached out to Skookum Digital Works and asked about a possible summer design internship. The only problem? SDW didn’t have a summer design internship! But they asked me to come in anyway, and after meeting me and seeing my work, they decided to take me on for the summer. After graduating from Appalachian State in May, I moved to Charlotte and got to work.
That move was over three months ago, and now that summer’s officially over, I wanted to write about what this summer taught me about jumping in with both feet, taking advantage of the professional community around you, and learning outside of the day job.
Get In Over Your Head
This summer, we were moving into a new office, and on one of my first days on the job, the SDW design team was brainstorming ideas for a huge 55’ x 12’ mural that was going to go on one long wall of the new space. I wanted to work on that mural! So I took it upon myself to sketch out an idea: a fun, colorful, mini-NC with the mountains to the West, Charlotte in the middle, and the coast to the East. Everybody loved it and wanted to see more.
Early sketch of the NC mural