I am Josie. I’ve been part of the rbl design team for three months now, having come straight to rbl after graduating from Coventry University with a First-Class Degree in Graphic Design.
My new colleagues, Andy and Helena, and I first met at my Degree Show in June. My final year work on show and I was soon invited to an interview and to spend a day in the studio. rbl was looking for ‘fresh blood’ and I was looking for somewhere that would challenge me and help me develop as a designer. I was offered a position in the team and started three weeks later.
So, what have I learned in my first three months? A great deal. Thank goodness I love taking notes.
- There is no need for Chinese whispers at rbl. Being in a smaller agency allows me to easily interact and share thoughts on new or ongoing projects.
- Two or more heads are always better than one, especially when faced with a new brief. Open and continuous interaction with other designers helps to spark new ideas that you wouldn’t have thought of if trying to solve a problem on your own.
- Working with such professionals (they will laugh at me for calling them that) has given me an in-depth insight into the world of branding.
- Agency life is fast-paced and there is a real buzz in the studio. There is never a dull day at rbl as there is always something new to challenge me, whether it is research, brainstorming, designing or tackling a new brief. I am always busy and constantly have to think on the spot.
Working with our Head of Design, Adam, I have set up a weekly design article which we named ‘THE PULSE’. It is a weekly exploration of powerful, knowledge-driven creativity and brand insights from around the world. Putting this together for my colleagues has helped me to become more aware of what is currently happening in the industry. It is allowing me to better understand what good or bad design looks like, helping me to reflect on and apply what I have learned in my work.
Next week, I will be attending my second course at HUNTS Printers in Oxford with my colleague, Helen. We both attended the first session – Print Buying – not knowing much about different printing processes or how best to communicate with printers when ordering work. At the end of this first session, I left feeling so much more confident with regards to technical ‘Printer’ talk. I was taught about different types of stock and finishing techniques and the various processes such as digital, litho and letterpress. I now feel much happier about picking up the phone to the printers to brief in a job.
My first three months at rbl have been very exciting and rewarding. I’ve have gained a great deal of confidence. The working environment at rbl is great and I love the team dynamic.
If I had to sum up my experience so far in three words…
I wonder what the next few months will bring 🙂