This week I have visited Design Office based in Crewe for a week of work experience. I got in contact with the manager about coming in and he didn’t hesitate to say yes and was keen to see what my interests were and where I could fit in for the week. I thought to get the chance to go into a printers and see this first hand would be a good opportunity. Also the design aspect is of interest because I do see myself going on to work in a creative environment so to see how these kind of companies work is a good insight. The final thing I wanted to gain from this week was general experience in working as a team in a working environment. Because university leads to you working predominantly on your own so I haven’t had a great deal of experience working with others and collaborating this was something I looked forward to doing.
Once arriving I was effectively ‘chucked in the deep end’ and asked to brainstorm ideas for a company’s new name and strap line then also consider possible design ideas, this was certainly a challenge but good to be working on a project! I was encouraged to research before I started and this helped greatly - seeing what else was around in the industry online and how other companies approached their design. Words are not my strong point so I was really challenged with the names however I enjoyed considering the design possibilities despite my drawings being far from best! I spent the afternoon shadowing Michael to see what he does and it was good to get an insight of the way the company works.
The next task I was set was to photograph the various printers in Design Office, pleased to be slightly more in my comfort zone with a camera in hand yet still challenged with the subject of printers with the aim to make them look exciting. Again Kev encouraged me to research other companies and their approach to photographing printers - certainly worth looking at as I had no experience in this. After taking some time to look around I started shooting trying to get some abstract angles and close ups of the sections of these printers - views which create some variation of the normal view of printers. Kev and I then had a look through them and he fed back what he thought and I then worked on improvements. This was a good experience to work on a real brief and get feedback and then work from this on improving. Once we had selected some successful images Michael uploaded them to the web site, it felt an achievement to have contributed to the images on the site. My final challenge of the day was to photograph Fudge the dog for the new brochure, this was certainly not easy as he didn’t like my camera but it was fun to try, hoping some of the images work!
The week has been a challenge and a great insight into working life from carrying out a brief for the company right down to doing 9-5 hours. Even at times feeling out my comfort zone but I know it’s been good to push myself and learn new skills. The team at Design Office were all very welcoming and helpful and it was great to see the time and effort they put into the jobs. I liked how the team work closely together and all try to help and work together. The highlight for me was photographing the large scale printer - an interesting piece of machinery and standing on top of it to photograph it was good fun something I’ve never done before or likely to do again. Overall the week was a challenge but a good one, I hope they enjoyed having me too!
Below are the images used on the website.