By Harry Rees
With graduation only three months away, and the final hurdle fast approaching, I felt my placement at Precedent could be my most important one to date. Previously I had been mentored by Ed Richards (senior designer, Precedent Cardiff) for a live brief at Cardiff Met. Within that short space of regular one hour discussions, I always took away something positive and a fresh perspective. Hungry for more, I was keen to reunite with my former mentor.
The two weeks I spent at Precedent where highly enjoyable and memorable. Not only did I learn so much about the industry I'm passionate about, but essentially what makes it so great.. and that's the people!
Precedent's friendly, welcoming vibe allowed me to slip right in and feel at home. They allowed me to explore creative avenues, ideas and thoughts in a number of discussions and presentations.
I had the opportunity to work with an existing brand, where I had to create my own visuals and icons for that brand which were approved by the client. At the other end of the spectrum I also had the chance to research for a project and come up with my own concepts, which will hopefully have some input into the final outcome.
It was great to have the opportunity to meet Paul Hoskins and watch him work with the other designers, Ed and Mark. At first I just wanted to observe and take in everything that was said, but in the end I couldn't help but chip in. The post it exercise Paul lead is an interesting way of tackling a design brief, and one I'll look to practice in the future.
Precedent's encouragement has given me a new found confidence that I hope to use as momentum in the coming months. I felt I was able to really thrive and be myself within those two weeks. I had seen myself primarily working in print and branding, but after this experience I definitely wouldn't rule out working digitally.
Thanks to everyone at Precedent for giving me this opportunity, I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of your team and appreciate everyone’s help! Grateful is an understatement.
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