” From July until November of 2013 I worked as a Graphic and Web Designer for Neiger Design Inc. in Evanston. Most of my previous work experience was as a freelance designer or as the only person in a department who had any design experience, so this was a great introduction to the way a design firm operates on a day to day basis. I learned a lot from the other designers there and greatly appreciated the collaborative atmosphere that NDI fosters.
During my internship, I got to work on a wide variety of projects including: client website updates, new website animations, developing a new logo for a division of an existing brand, fraternity expansion materials, mailable newsletters, hand-crafted invitations, t-shirt design, intricate graphs for an industry report, and a marketing book for NDI as a capstone project.
With each new project, staff meeting, and client meeting, I learned a little bit more about my co-workers, the clients, the company, and myself as a designer. I know now which areas I need to work on to improve my craft, and which areas I excel in as an employee. For both of these, I am very grateful to NDI and all the people there. I’ve kept in touch with them and hope to return in the coming weeks as a freelance designer on some of their new projects. If all goes well, maybe they’ll have room for me full-time in June when my NMS Graduate Assistantship and degree are both complete. If not, I know I gained valuable experience and some great references.”