A week in the life of a Graphic Designer: The Vlog

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It’s been a while in the making, but it’s finally here! So I’m not a full time Graphic Designer at the moment, but in March 2015 I decided that I wanted to make a video about working in a design studio.

Why did I make this video? Well mainly because when you’re a graduate you don’t know what to expect, so I thought I’d show you what it could be like. (Although, admittedly I definitely didn’t give a fair representation on the tea making front – I definitely made more than 2 cups of tea in a week!) Every studio is different, so they can vary in team sizes, clients, resources etc but in general the role of a designer is structured in a similar way.

When I first had the idea to make a video I was going to make a ‘Day in the life of…’ video, but my senior designer pointed out that it might be a bit boring. So I decided to make a ‘Week in the life of…’ video instead, which she said would still probably not be that interesting (thanks Jo) – I guess that’s because for the main part I’m just sitting at a screen. I’m not really selling it here but watch it and judge for yourself πŸ˜‰

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It’s quite hard to show a ‘typical’ week in design because there isn’t a standard week – every day is different. Sure, I’m sat at a desk for the most part but the tasks vary and change daily/hourly. Another thing that made filming the video hard is that for confidentiality reasons I couldn’t show anything which I was working on for clients, which ruled out quite a lot. So that explains why you hardly see anything I’m doing on screen, just incase you wondered.

Also, it’s quite heavily edited, so the meetings and discussions might look like they took 3 minutes but in reality we were probably talking for 30mins or more. It’s just a flavour.

So what did I do in this week, March 2015?

  • Organised the font library
  • Scheduled social media for the studio
  • Made lots of tea (for myself and the team)
  • Went to 3 events after work: 1. It’s Nice That, Nicer Tuesdays 2. She Says 3. Look & Yes film preview
  • Designed a brochure for an international client
  • Amended the brochure with feedback and comments from the client
  • Liaised with the printer about a job
  • Prepared and organised printed invitations for an exhibition at the studio
  • Received my first print job back from theΒ printers – YAY (although it was wrong, but it wasn’t my fault… long story!)
  • Amended the print job
  • Photographed the print job for website beauty shots
  • Worked on other tasks (which I can’t remember what they were) with the team

It doesn’t seem that much when I look at that list, but oh wow that was a bit of a stressful week due to the print job. My first print job ALMOST went smoothly. That’s a story for another time!

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I don’t work at this studio anymore so its nice for me to have this video to look back on.Β EditingΒ it actually made me a bitΒ emotionalΒ – I miss working with Jo and Natalie, my graphics girls.

Now enjoy the video and let me know if you agree with Jo and think it’s boring:

Thanks for watching!

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3 Comments

  1. Helenmorrell@yahoo.co.uk'
    Helen Morrell
    31/01/2016 / 8:31 pm

    Oh now I can see what you are up to the office looks very swish ! It was nice to see you today we will sort out a new window when we return in April one which offers better ventilation and that you can leave open. I hope Kenza can find us an odd job man it would be so handy. Best wishes Helen

  2. siennasmooney@gmail.com' 02/02/2016 / 9:34 am

    What a great way to show what it’s like working in a design studio! I think a lot of people underestimate how much time meetings can take during the day, so I’m glad you made a note about that in your post, hah.

    I don’t know how I stumbled upon your blog — I think someone on my twitter feed mentioned your blog post ’21 Creative YouTubers You Need to Follow’ the other day? Either way, I’m really glad I did! Subscribed and everything (:

    Best wishes,
    Sienna

    • 24/03/2016 / 7:20 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind words Sienna – glad you stumbled across my blog via twitter πŸ˜€ I LOVE the internet for connecting people like that ha
      Oh blimey, yes meetings are such a large chunk of your day… you spend hardly any time actually designing in the end ha How ironic (and sad!)
      Thanks for subscribing and I hope I’m not disappointing πŸ™‚

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