Insight, advice, news and chit chat

dianathanksWe are sad to say goodbye to Diana, our intern for the last month. She has been a breath of fresh air: proactive, friendly, efficient, helpful, and positive. Exceptional on all fronts. And she cooked for us too! Words can’t really say enough of how exceptional Diana is. Pictures might help though! Many below are from our amazing TLD Treasure Hunt, including the amazing “jig in front of a pic” video she filmed, which will always be a source of joy for us.

This post was originally written by me for Phinkit and I wanted to also share it with you here! Enjoy!

We have interns in constantly. I mean it, all the time – for the last 6 years – ever since my manicurist told me her son needed work experience, and we got him in doing HTML content entry, and resizing images in Photoshop for a lingerie website we were making (he was 17 and was quite happy with this task!)

When I came for the interview at Top Left Design I was excited, but not particularly optimistic about my chances of being selected to intern here. As an advertising and brand management graduate I knew little about web or graphic design and had always considered myself to be computer illiterate. However, I was eager to learn and the always friendly and helpful team at Top Left Design took the time to teach. So here are the seven most important things I’ve learnt:

Being a stand out intern

In this age of interns, young people are expected to have internships on their CV when applying for jobs. It can give you the experience that everyone needs to stand out in a difficult job market. It’s not always easy but can be very rewarding.

So here is a post written by one of our previous interns – top 7 tips for being a stand out intern at Top Left Design, that can be applied anywhere.

The designer tips I learnt at Top Left Design – by Julien Michot (one of our interns)

Julien is one of the two french students (Julien and Caroline) who spent a 10 week  internship at Top Left Design. In this post he shares with you a few new things he learnt about design.

Here is what Julien wrote

Hi everyone! I’ve just finished my 10 weeks internship here at Top Left Design. Usually I work more with the programming side of things, and have never really learnt much about the design process. I like coding because I’ve learnt a lot about how to do it, and so now it’s easy for me. But during this internship I saw that design is not so different from coding, you have to always keep in mind some key rules and guidelines to create a good design.

Here are the 7 most important rules I learnt at top left design during my 10 great weeks:

3,2,1… London 2011! You don’t need to be a sportswoman to develop your skills – by Caroline Campan (one of our interns)

Caroline and Julien are two french students who spent 10 weeks with the team at Top Left Design on a summer internship. 10 weeks have flown by! They have sadly left and will be truly missed by all of us at Top Left Design. In this blog post Caroline shares a little bit about her experience at TLD and the new things she learnt.

Here is what Caroline wrote

Here we are: 10 weeks have gone by, and it’s already the end. When I look at the pieces of paper which I wrote all of my tasks on each week, I think we can say that it’s been amazing. From tasks which took me several days to complete to some which only took me a few minutes, each week has been a new experience.