After I graduate in only two short weeks, I will be traveling for a couple of weeks with my family and then another three weeks with a few of my closest friends. This trip is trip has been in the works for quite sometime, and something that I have wanted to do since I was in high school. Because I was not able to do a full semester abroad since the design program is so specific to UGA, this trip will be that much more special. We have finally decided on our final itinerary (!) and I have to say it’s pretty legit. We each picked cities that we have always wanted to visit, so we are literally traveling all around:
1. Israel – with my fam!
2. London – for a family get together with our cousins who live there
3. Prague – peace out Gblums
4. Amsterdam – with all my friends!!
I know these travels and experiences will be beyond amazing. The people, food and cultures I will be exposed to will not only influence me as a person, but also as a designer. I will sadly not be blogging during this trip, but no worries – I will be documenting EVERYTHING and will post as soon as I return!
For our main project in TXMI 5320, The Professional Practice Notebook, we have a series of mini phases due throughout the semester that represents the various stages a business owner of an interior design firm would experience. This helps us to not only understand what it takes to actually own a business, but to also help us ‘brand’ ourselves. This notebook includes: a business plan, marketing plan, research case studies, self assessments, expense reports, resume, cover letter and portfolio, as well as mock interviews (help). Obviously if I were to open up my own firm, it would be several years down the road. But a girl can dream.
Here is what my stationary and business cards would look like:
The business card would consist of a thicker paper material and the edges would be metallic gold.
(I used the address of a former employer, fyi)
As a young designer, branding and establishing yourself is essential – especially when looking for jobs. You must have confidence in yourself in order for others to see your true potential. I will start applying to firms in both San Francisco and Dallas next month (minor freak out is in the near future), so this is something I really have to start thinking about.