3 things I've learned as a Design Intern

08 March 2018. Features.

My name is Ellie and I joined Peldon Rose 6 months ago as a Design Intern in our Enterprise team. An internship was something I had always wanted to do since starting university and it has been an amazing experience. I have been lucky enough to get an in-depth look into the world of design and build and learn how an office environment works, as well as mastering new skills along the way as I’m integrated further into the design team.

I’m a 21-year-old student that’s been hurled into the fast-paced reality of the D&B world and absolutely loving it! Office design has totally transformed from the corporate and traditional environments you envisage when you are not involved with the world of office design. It is such a dynamic industry and there is always a new innovative trend which redefines the boundaries of office design. Offices are becoming synonymous with wellbeing and are turning into a ‘home away from home’.

It has now been 6 months since I joined Peldon Rose and in that short amount of time, I have experienced and learnt more than I can ever have hoped for! I have designed and put together schemes for pitches and it has been a hugely exciting experience. These are three of the most interesting things I have learned so far during my time at Peldon Rose.

1. Draw everything

One of the most valuable lessons I have been taught by Design Director, Russell Glover, is to always put pen to paper and get my ideas (good and bad) out in the open. This creative process has helped me realise which concepts can be developed, and which ones to park. This process is an organic way of building a conceptual design and ideas developed in this way have helped me build a strong rapport with clients and get them excited when my vision is put in front of them.

2. Organisation!

To keep up with the fast pace in the office and maintain a high standard of work, organisation is key.  My internship has been a huge wake up call to the importance of being organised. My diary is always updated which means that it is easier to meet project deadlines and ensure that clients and colleagues are always happy. Working in the design department at Peldon Rose has shown me how some of the most impressive office designs are born out of a logical and organised development process.

3. Concept is key

As a design intern, I have been learning new ways to boost the strength of my designs and make them stand out as unique and original. The strongest attribute a design can have is an imaginative concept to drive it forward, and something which responds to the individual needs of a client in an innovative way. Once you have found an innovative concept, the rest of the design will fall into place, so the hard work begins with a solid concept.

Immersing myself in these projects and the Peldon Rose business has helped me to understand the office design community and improve my skills astronomically. It is such an exciting team to be a part of and I am really looking forward to the rest of my internship and progressing my design knowledge as much as I can.

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