September 4th 2014
Emily, enjoying the chance to work on her surfing whilst interning at Leap.
Well, what an awesome past few months I’ve had at the wonderful Leap studio! Being on my year in industry, in between my second and final year at the University of Leeds studying Graphic & Communication Design, I was lucky enough to be offered a three month placement from the lovely people at Leap… I was thrilled to get the placement and jumped at the opportunity to move to Cornwall where I wanted to surf and design whilst being in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. As well as working as an Intern at Leap!
I would say firstly I was drawn by the quality of Leap’s work.. the clean, simple and striking design work… Also by the Eco standpoint Leap has regarding the environment and being good to the planet which is close to my heart, so Leap really stood out to me. The sustainability and eco values that Leap holds appealed to me and made me want to be a part of trying to make a difference.
When I walked through the door I walked into their fresh new studio and from day one was made to feel very welcome. It’s a small friendly studio where all of the designers love what they do and take pride in their work. Right from the start I was working alongside the design team on a number of live projects and got stuck straight into a branding project on day one.
The fast paced environment of the studio gave me a great insight of how a creative studio should run and I got the chance to do all aspects of design work. I worked on projects from branding to print and web… and everything in between. Working alongside the design team to work collaboratively on projects too. I really feel that I got an awesome range of clients and projects to work with and each day I worked there I would learn something different, this allowed me to pick up so many different skills and experience so much in such a short amount of time. I felt really valued, supported and guided on every project, which allowed me to be confident with my work. I really couldn’t have asked for anything more from Leap!!
Some of the best memories that will stay with me have got to be having to jump and swim around in the pool, along with getting to have a huge snake wrapped around my neck and hold a beautiful tawny owl too, all in the same day – when working on a photo shoot for a client. Or going with the team to see a lecture by Snask! oh yes… not just your average placement!
I also got to work on some projects for some amazing clients where we got to do site visits to research and gain insights and inspiration. Visiting the incredible Lower Barns was a highlight for me and also working on the Tatams project, seeing designs go from ideas, to getting developed, to becoming a chosen final concept was a real highlight!
Tatams new logo applied to signage and ready for installation in Portscatho.
It’s a sad day leaving the studio and the Leap team, it’s been an incredible summer!! I would like to take the chance to thank everyone along the way for making me feel part of the family and for the sheer amount of time invested in me from Matt, Sqeez, Becca and Nath. It was a pleasure to work beside all of you very talented designers and web developers (and Judy!) and it’s been a privilege to be able to spend time in one of the top creative agencies in Cornwall. I’ve had a great time in the few months that I’ve been at Leap, It’s been awesome and I’ve really loved every minute of it!! Hopefully It won’t be the last time I see everyone and that I may have the chance to return sometime in the future, the experience that I’ve gained at Leap has been invaluable!!
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