Jonathan has been with us for 12 months now. He came to us from Salford University after finishing his BA Honours Degree in Graphic Design. Then his learning really started.
I’ve asked Jonathan to write down his thoughts, and reflect on his first 12 months here.
From a Student to a Junior Graphic Designer in 1 Year!
So, Tuesday 22nd July marks my 1st year as a Junior Graphic Designer at cre8, so I thought writing a blog post for ‘Cre8ive Juice’ would be a perfect opportunity to speak about my first year, my challenges, and my overall view of what it has been like in the real world, as opposed to 3 years at university.
In early June, I received a call from Paul. We spoke on the phone, and Paul invited me into the office for an interview to discuss a potential job opportunity. This gave me chance to show Paul the work I have been doing at university, and a few pieces of freelance work.
After the interview, I was part of the ‘Unite with Business’ programme with the ‘University of Salford’, which is a paid placement, for 10 days. During those 10 days, I would say I got chucked in at the deep end! I was asked to create a logo design for a local swimming pool then deliver my ideas to the client (something which University didn’t prepare me for). But, I enjoy doing tasks/projects I haven’t done before because otherwise, how would I learn? I managed to fit so much into my 10 day trial including wireframing, and the all-important basics of web design, skills which I have just continually developed over the past year.
After finishing my trial – Paul offered me a full time contract, and was willing to help me learn the trade, something which I can’t be thankful enough for.
LEAVING EDUCATION AFTER 21 YEARS – NOW THE REAL LEARNING STARTS!
So, Monday 22nd July 2013 – The official day I started at Yodel Creative – The official start of my Graphic Design career (as I like to call it). What a year it has been, the things I have learnt, and the help/support I have been given is truly unique.
I remember sending a tweet when I finished university saying “FINISHED EDUCATION FOR GOOD” – How wrong I was, and now with Graphic Design being my career, ‘Education, has only just begun’.
LEARNING ON THE JOB – THERE IS NOTHING BETTER!
Learning on the job has been a rollercoaster ride, I have made plenty of mistakes, but that’s what’s pushing me forward as a designer, and working with real life clients everyday has really helped me to improve as a designer, and I am now starting to understand how a client’s mind works, and how to find out the perfect design solution for each individual client.
A bit of advice for all young budding creatives out there – There is nothing better than learning on the job, and although I do have a 2:1 degree to my name, I wish now that I had 2-3 years’ experience under my belt. No regrets, everything happens for a reason and all that. Maybe, I wouldn’t be writing this as a ‘Junior Graphic Designer’ now with 1 years’ experience, if I didn’t have that degree.
Looking into the future and where I want to be, it is pretty clear for me at this moment in time. I want to be one of the most recognised and respected designers out there, and now I have my foot on the ladder, I haven’t been hungrier for it!
I know that in the future, my specialities may lie in one specific area of Graphic Design (anyone who knows me, knows that I absolutely LOVE branding). But for the moment, I am dipping my feet in all areas of graphic design, so that the core skills will stay with me forever.
I bet you he is reading through this blog post thinking “he hasn’t mentioned me, the cheeky bugger”.
Of course a special mention goes to Paul, in terms of traditional graphic design, along with my own training outside of office, he really has taught me everything I know. From watching him working on projects when I first started, to how well he treats clients when we are in a client meeting, he has not only taught me how to improve as a designer, he has helped me improve as an individual, and that’s something I will be thankful for, for as long as I am a graphic designer.