After a lovely 2 weeks at home for christmas I returned back to work the week of January. I was super busy this week! Day 1 I proposed my coffee coupon designs to one of the managers, It was nice to receive some feeback. A few changes needed to be made but nothing major. Then I needed to move on to design the bar of soap that accompanied the shampoo bottles. It was important I keep within the style of the company, always using their font and colour scheme. On tuesday we have a weekly marketing meeting to keep each other up to date with projects we are individually working on. Also this day I had a meeting regarding the new plans for the website we are building. I was shown a presentation proposing designs from the outside designers we are closely working with. As an intern, I am so exciting to see all the plans for the hotel in 2015 come to life. As well as a new website, the company is also opening a new building providing meeting spaces for companies. This means I am hopefully going to be able to help work on the branding of the company.
Design work I did this week was small projects such as the soap bar, a new order service form for students to fill out upon arrival, posters to countdown the ski party and posters to be hung around the complex during the party to direct people. All the posters I worked on I created using either Illustrator or photoshop, chris my manager was able to teach me all sorts of new techniques. I have really enjoyed my time at The Student Hotel so far, I feel like I’ve learnt so much in such a small amount of time!
After an exciting first week starting my new job I was so excited to go to work Monday morning. On monday I travelled to The Student hotel located in The Hague. It was really nice to see another part of The Neverland’s and also to see a different hotel destination. Me and my work colleague George travelled around The Hague all day promoting The Student Hotel to different universities around the area with newly designed posters. I was very impressed with Dutch universities the complexes were huge!
Tuesday I was back in the office finishing my coffee coupon designs. Chris my manager was able to teach me many new skills using adobe illustrator whilst doing so. He taught me how to work properly using layers and text composition techniques. In the evening The Student Hotel christmas party was held in one of the new locations, we got a tour of the new build, 3 course meal and lots of champagne!
Wednesday morning I started to design complimentary soap bar packaging to accompany the shampoo and conditioner bottles in each bathroom of the hotels. It was important I used the same theme. After lunch we all traveled to the new build to give tours to guests we had invited along to introduce the new hotel. This was a great networking opportunity for me!
This was the end of my week at week, as Thursday morning I flew back to England to spend christmas with Family and Friends.
Happy Christmas all!
Last Wednesday morning (10th December) I was extremely excited to start my new placement. I got to work around 9:30am. Windswept and shivering from riding my bike I entered the doors of The Student Hotel thinking to myself this is the start of the next chapter of my life.
I received an extremely warm welcome from all the team in the office and went through my contract signing the next 5 months of my life away. My first task was given to me that afternoon, I was asked to research shampoo and conditioner bottles as I was going to be designing them. They were needed to be put in every hotel room so it was important I made the correct colour scheme and composition of text. I continued to work on this project for the rest of the week in between other tasks. I made sure I was constantly discussing ideas with my manager and asking for feedback.
Other tasks I worked on this week was making Id cards for the staff in photoshop, brainstormed ideas for the Ski party hosted at the hotel in january and also designing coffee coupons to be given out to encourage people to use the onsite restaurant ‘The Kitchen’. I also had a meeting with my manager to discuss up and coming projects in the new year! I really felt welcome and apart of the team by Friday, Im so happy to be given this opportunity.
You may have already read in the news that last week Mexx declared bankruptcy. This meant that everybody employed by them have lost their jobs. I was shocked to be told the news and extremely worried about what Im going to do next?!
This worry lasted under 24 hours as I then received a lovely email offering me a internship working along side the head graphic designer at The Student Hotel also based in Amsterdam. Im extremely excited to start my new job, Ill be working on aspects of graphic design such as web design, magazine layouts and advertising. Its going to be a bold change from Mexx but after my 6 months experience at Mexx I am ready for a change from the fashion industry.
After last week’s briefing of the new concepts for next season (spring/summer 2016) I have been very busy this week with research. I have spent most of the week browsing a wide range of websites looking for inspiration for styles, shapes, materials, design, pattern… absolutely everything!
Also I have helped designers change the colour ways of artworks after they have come back from proto meetings. In these meetings designers discuss what colour options work and don’t work. Therefore I had to change and delete any unnecessary options on illustrator files.
I can’t believe I’ve been at Mexx for 5 months, it seems like 5 minutes!
Last week I was very busy with all sorts of different tasks. I attended a few different meetings throughout the week. First a line meeting which went over sales figures, it was interesting to see what sells and what doesn’t. Esther the head designer kindly arranged a meeting with me to go over the themes for spring summer 2016. From this she asked me to help help her with some further research. I’m excited to start working with these these themes, I like them a lot!
As I have now been at Mexx for 5 months I had a meeting with the head of the floor for a quick catch up as to how I’m getting on.
Also this week I helped designers sketch clothes in illustrator. I’m confident doing this now and because designers can see this they gave me more creative freedom. I know I only got to design the pockets of a pant style but I was pleased they trusted me to do so!