Monthly Archives: August 2009

The beginning of senior year

I am now a week and a half into my last year at Georgia Tech. My studio this semester is mostly with the same people I worked with over the summer, so we are already in the habit of hanging out after classes. I’m sure this trend will continue.

My studio instructor is Mr. Lionel Gillespie, better known to us as “Mr. G.” He has been teaching for a long time, and has been in the design industry even longer. Because he has been in the industry so long, he does a lot of things “old school.” I really thought that his traditional methods would clash with my fast-paced way of working, but it seems like it is fast becoming second nature to me.
The biggest difference is sketching style; he prefers pencil with shading, where I prefer felt-tip pen. But I seem to take very well to the pencil method, mostly because it’s what I grew up sketching with (until I got to Tech). I’m learning a lot from Mr. G.

The first project is a lighting device. My direction so far is a table lamp. I could try to explain it in words, but I think an uploaded sketch will work much better. Just give me a little bit to figure out how to scan pencil drawings without picking up wrinkles and smudges…

End of Summer

Well, the summer design internship at Resource, LLC is over. I learned a lot, laughed a lot, and slept… well, about average (for me)

I learned:

some things to do/not to do about running a company

  • be nice to your employees, and make them feel happy because productivity is a lot better
  • don’t stay up all night
  • It’s all about who you know, and the art of the SALE
  • be energetic and other people will be, too (lead by example)
  • No apologies

I beefed up my weakest area of design (the 2D genre commonly referred to as graphic/web design) and that is a worthwhile achievement

I got to keep my sketching/designing skills from getting rusty by participating in a bunch of design projects

I got to be a part of starting a company. That was really cool. I don’t know how many people get to be a part of that in their lives.

We designed a built a BUNCH of stuff. We helped a lot of people. Plus, we got full access to the shop. And I learned a lot about the importance of an internet presence.

I helped create the corporate culture, and even ran reviews of our workflow (lovingly called “Efficiency Summits”). This resulted in a BUNCH of great innovations, like the 2:30 photoshoot, which serves to re-energize everybody right before the otherwise inevitable mid-day slump.

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We had great times, and stressful times. We learned a lot and had a lot of fun. This was a very beneficial summer.