One of the most rewarding parts of my job is working with the interns that come through our doors. I love their optimism and their open mindedness about what is and isn’t possible.
About a year ago I decided to do my best to make a half decent portrait of all the interns that come and work with us – usually shot on their last day of working with us. Sometimes I’ll try and reflect a part of their personality, sometimes I just shoot without thinking too much, sometimes we’ll work on an idea together and sometimes we (kind of) go to greater lengths with props to make the shot more interesting (time permitting). I get to indulge my passion for photography, our facebook page gets a bit of new content and the intern gets a nice portrait to show for it. Below are all the interns we had at Harrison & Co in 2012, including the text I write to accompany each portrait which summarises their stay in our studio.
Qian – January 2012
Our first intern of 2012, this is Qian. She is from France and Qian studied Graphic Design at Lycée Le Corbusier in Strasbourg, graduating in 2011. It’s great when we have a foreign intern with us, they have a different way of looking at things which is always refreshing. Qian has been working on some mood boards for an up-coming project with one of our arts clients. The mood boards are looking great, so good in fact they could almost be presented as initial ideas.
Megan – March 2012
This months intern has been the lovely Megan Young who is studying graphic design in Manchester. Megan has been working on several projects with us, a few artworking jobs as well as taking a project from the initial brief to first stage ideas. She’s good! We like interns who aren’t afraid to jump straight in, it’s a great way to learn. Megan was born and brought up a Brightonian, she’s even considering looking for a job in Brighton. We meet so many students who don’t feel the lure of the big city lights in London any more. Maybe agencies in Brighton are seen as more creative, maybe it’s the quality of life Brighton can offer, or maybe London is no longer the centre of the design universe it once was? We know Brighton is a great place to work, and Harrison & Co have clients down the road, in London and as far afield as Portugal. So, two out of three isn’t bad? ; )
Natalie – April 2012
We’ve had the pleasure of welcoming Natalie into the studio this week. Natalie has just finished her A Levels and she chose Harrison & Co to try her hand at a bit of graphic design. Scott wrote her a tasty little brief to design a brand for a vintage clothes company. We’re all really impressed by the way she has approached the project and she has rolled out some seriously creative ideas. She definitely has a real gift for design. Watch out design grads, Natalie has some serious skills. Well done Natalie!
Sammy – June 2012
Sammy, this weeks intern has given us a very fine departing gift. I did my old boss at Kino Design a favour, Sammy is his son and I, quite happily, agreed to have him in our studio for a week to give hime a taste of design and a career choice. Good work Sammy!
Chris – July 2012
We’ve had the pleasure of Chris working with us as an intern for the last two weeks. Nice chap and good designer who is learning the design trade at art college in Cardiff. It’s been so wet over the last two weeks, Chris hasn’t flinched at running errands, even in the rain…! (not that we’ve sent him out that often). Anyway, we wish him well as he goes into his final year in September – I’m sure we’ll be seeing him again at some point – we might even let him use the studio brolly next time. : )
Shaun – July 2012
We’ve had a great intern with us this month, meet Mr Shaun Pimley. Destined to be a great designer, Shaun is mega enthusiastic and keen to get involved in everything. This guy has got some wacky ideas going on (wish we could show you them). We’ve been doing some initial ideas for a project, Shaun is yet to reach for the Mac. Instead, he’s been painting, stitching, gluing and pinning things down. We love his energy, and we wanted to show that in our portrait of him. This is pretty much the contents of his art box. The inspiration was Peter Gabriel’s ‘Sledgehammer’ video. Good luck Shaun, come back again, anytime!
Emily – August 2012
This is Emily who has interned with us for the last two weeks. Emily is going into her final year at Falmouth. Her time at Harrison & Co has coincided with a rather unusual project brief. One of those jobs that comes around every now and then where you get complete carte blanche to do whatever you want. She’s taken it in her stride and put together some really great work. This led on to a long chat this morning about what was expected of a final year design student. Our feeling is that the final year should be all about creative exploration, taking a project and passionately applying yourself without any expectation of where it will lead. It’s the only way to do work that is different. Students have the rest of their working lives to produce commercial work. College should be about taking creative risks… if you can’t do it at college, when can you? So, good luck Emily, pop back and see us next year.
Will – August 2012
We’ve been really lucky with our interns this year. We’ve had some really capable and promising young designers come in and work with us. The next generation of designers is looking good! Here’s our latest fresh faced intern, Will Suckling. Will is from Hastings, he did a two year design course and is about to go to LCC (LCP in old money) to do a top up year to get his BA. Really nice chap, very capable and he has been tearing through some really nice ideas for a branding project. Good luck at LCC Will.
Chris – September 2012
This is Chris Bounds, our intern for the last two weeks. He likes his music, does Chris. He’s furnished us with some lovely little design ideas for various projects, and also contributed to the studio playlists with aplomb – most interns are petrified about choosing music – not Chris, he was straight in there. We noticed that he’s also the owner of a range of fine band t-shirts. Thought it would be fun to shoot him wearing (nearly) all of them. Nothing like a bit of Friday air guitar to get the creative juices flowing. Show some appreciation for Mr Chris Bounds! Good luck mate.
Lisle – October 2012
Saying goodbye to Lisle today who has been with us for the last two weeks. A really nice guy with lots of potential to set the world of design alight. He’s recently moved to Brighton after graduating from Bournemouth Art College this summer. Good luck Lisle and welcome to Brighton!
Callum – November 2012
We’ve had Callum with us this week. He’s in Year 11 an will be taking his GCSEs next year. We set Callum a brief to design a brand identity for a Barber shop. He has come up with some really, really good work that is, frankly, way beyond what you’d expect someone at his stage to create. Very well thought through ideas and well executed showing a keen eye for typographic detail. He has his eye on a career in graphic design, and we think he’ll do really well. Well done Callum, come back anytime!