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First Week Recap by Jeffrey Dubuisson

July 22 2013

Mentoring Firm

I can’t believe it’s already a year since I first joined Youth Design and went to my first day of work, at McMahon Architects. Now I am returning to Youth Design this summer and working at Allen & Gerritsen (A&G). In my first week I had the great pleasure of learning that this: “&” is an ampersand, a very big part of A&G’s logo. Everyone in the office has been very welcoming and helpful. This year I am working in a bigger firm than before, so I was nervous about going around and meeting everyone. I think that with A&G it is a large family community, from after work runs, to softball games and zumba classes. It has been a world I am adapting to and loving each and every day more.
My mentors, Tyson and Meg have both been wonderful. I look forward to working with them a lot just because they are both so insightful. Tyson and I spent the first week time working together and also learning about each other. He started putting me to work right away with InDesign as well as Photoshop. So after Week 1, I’m looking forward to progressing through the summer but also dreading the last week of working at A&G.

The first Thursday morning workshop of the summer!
We got to enjoy a wonderfully prepared workshop by Alisa Aronson, led by Bruce Ployer. I think it is going to be very great to follow up next week with our own brands. Bruce brought us through a powerpoint, expressing to us the importance of brand. Something I am sure that everyone was able to take something from.

After the powerpoint, we we’re all divided into teams and given a variety of creative briefs so we could test our own hand at creating a brand for a client. Once we had selected a client, we were sent off to the computer lab to begin heavy research on our clients desires. We then took our research and compiled it into mood boards. From this workshop, we all were able to see the process and practice crafting a strategy. From this workshop, we walked away knowing how hard designers work to come up with concepts for clients. Knowledge that we can now further use at our internships this summer.

- Jeffrey
Youth Design, Class of 2013

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