My experience in Dublin this summer has been an unforgettable one. When deciding where I wanted to study abroad I considered many different countries and cities, but ultimately I decided on Dublin because I felt that it was a step off the beaten path for study abroad. Ireland has been on my radar ever since I was a little girl, and my family roots absolutely fed my desire to come here. Originally I was going to study while I was here and attend Trinity College, but later realized that I desired professional experience in my field more than class credit. So, I applied to the internship program through EUSA and got placed with Love & Robots.
Above: My workspace at Love & Robots
My experience at Love & Robots has been invaluable. I have gained a lot of insight into what it would be like to work for a company doing graphic design and the sort of projects I would be tasked with. I am lucky to have found my passions in life and to experience graphic design in the professional world has only reinforced how much I love it. It was really cool for me to have a specific project geared toward a specific topic. I had a very clear direction to go on my projects and I greatly appreciated that because that is what being a professional graphic designer is all about. Not only was I able to do graphic design work, but also I was able to help run a photo-shoot. I has the opportunity to help coordinate the photo-shoot and set it up, but even more importantly I was very involved in the shooting process and I actually took most of the model photos. It was really something to be handed that sort of trust and responsibility and I learned a lot from the experience.
Above: Working as a photographer on the model photoshoot
I have also been able to make a number of stop-motion Instagram videos advertising the company. This has been great for me because it gives me the opportunity to express my artistry in a number of different ways while also working on my design aesthetic and advertising skills. Making art that showcases a product is largely what graphic design is about and I have greatly appreciated my involvement with that.
Another thing on my long list of appreciations is working with an art director with a completely different aesthetic from mine. Art is an incredibly diverse field and graphic design is no exception. There are so many different design tastes in the world and no two designers will ever work the exact same. As a new designer coming into the field it is really important for me to get exposure to as many different styles as possible. So, working with an art director that pushes you to think about your work differently is some of the best work experience you can get. It is important to be diverse and adaptable as a designer and I feel that after this experience my pallet of styles has been expanded greatly.
Above: Exploring Ireland
As far as my experience of Irish culture and the cities and towns I have visited while here, I would not trade that for the world. I knew I would fall in love with Ireland, but I didn’t realize quite how much. The countryside with its rolling, impossibly green hills is gorgeous, and the cliffs breathtaking. The cities with their abundance of history and gothic architecture are something to be envied. But perhaps my favorite part is the people. The Irish, in my experience, are incredibly welcoming and curious people. They want to know all about you and where you come from, and it is nearly impossible to grab a pint and not end up making a new Irish friend. Their sense of humor is perfectly playful and the banter is fantastic. I felt at home here right away, and any time I needed help I found that there was always someone more than willing to assist me.
Overall I could not be happier with my decision to come to Dublin and my opportunity to work for Love & Robots was an invaluable one that I was lucky to take advantage of. Although my internship was short, and of course flew by, I gained a lot of professional experience and I am immensely grateful for my wonderful bosses, co-workers, and new found knowledge of design.