Hi! I’m Kevin. One of the current interns at Red Orange. A fun task that came up in our weekly Team Huddle is connecting with past interns to interview them about ?where they are now? and how their internship impacted their?transition to the Creative world professionally. Oh the many fun tasks an intern is given!
Red Orange has been happily extending internship opportunities to Richmond?s aspiring young creatives for 10 years. The goal of the program is to foster the growth from student to professional, by providing interns?with practical and hands-on experience of a client-based workplace. Additionally Red Orange wants?to give students some real live work pieces for their portfolio?to help jumpstart their career search. Here’s?the 411 on how our internship program has helped these 4 stellar Designers?become who they are today?Thanks guys for your submissions and participating!
- I graduated from VCU in 2011 with a degree in Mass Communications.
- I think the most important thing I took away from Red Orange was how important it is to really take your time to develop a concept to allow your creativity to play. It’s really hard to remember to do that when you have short deadlines, but it makes the project so much more enjoyable.
- I’m currently the Design Director at Cockrell Enovation in charge developing brands for Franchises, designing trade booths for trade shows, as well as maintaining the Cockrell Enovation Brand. Two of my?favorite client projects would be the My New Friend custom wrap and logo. My New Friend produces produce a portable keg dispenser that can be used at major sporting and catered events. The other client project I enjoyed working on was with Muckleroy & Falls. They are a construction company that hired her to design the artwork for their new office. I?thought it was really cool to mix interior design with graphic design.
- I would say Red Orange allowed me to expand my creativity beyond print. Susie had me design cute cupcake stickers for Red Orange’s anniversary party and that was the first time I really got to apply what I can do as a designer past print ads and invitations. It allowed me to think bigger, which I try to apply now to everything I do.
- Virginia Commonwealth University, Creative Advertising, 2011
- Most importantly, my time at Red Orange Design taught me to?respect myself as a Designer while at the same time maintaining the utmost respect for the client. I remember one client specifically that just had a very odd idea for their invitations. It required some really complex imagery that was competing heavily for space with all of their required text. However, it was very meaningful to them so we did the best we could to bring their vision across in the design. In the end it was executed well and the client was very pleased with the work, but I remember there being a unanimous consensus not to include the piece in our portfolios. This experience taught me that you can respect yourself and still respect the client and produce great work for them?even if what they’re asking for isn’t something you are excited about producing.
- By day, I work at a consulting firm in Bellevue, Washington. By night, I am keeping the design dream alive by working on several freelance projects. Currently I am working on an identity package for my Mom’s?retirement business where she makes and sells pre-decorated Christmas Trees. I am also working on a logo for a friend that is starting a farm/brewery. I think helping to build a brand for this type of product is a very unique and exciting opportunity. I also designed her wedding invitations a couple of years ago! That was really a meaningful project for me and my time at Red Orange directly prepared me for that.
- Interning at Red Orange Design definitely taught me a lot more about the production side of the business. In class we got to design a lot of print material but rarely saw it produced as it would have been if it was a?tangible deliverable to an actual client. It really helped me value the importance of file organization throughout the entire design process.
- VCU / Graphic Design / 2014
- Red Orange taught me that I could succeed in the design field. While in school I started doubting myself, but whenever Susie and Jolinda gave me constructive criticism I felt that I was really learning and growing, which boosted my confidence greatly. School is important, but you can’t beat the real work place experience when you’re still a student!
- I currently work as a Production Artist for a cycling apparel company called Primal Wear. It’s a great place to work and we do a lot for the community, which makes it even better!
- As a Production Artist, I have to pay attention to EVERY detail before sending the products to be printed. Red Orange helped me learn this valuable skill along with many others.
- Graduated from VCU Bachelors in Fine Art, Graphic Design
- What was the most important lesson you took away from interning at Red Orange?
Multi-tasking efficiently and primarily project management skills
- What are you up to now?
Graphic Designer & Community Manager for Health Warrior, a start-up CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) company.
- How did/does your experience at Red Orange help with what your currently doing?
Taught me strive to always exceed peoples expectations