The First Week At Barkley & Blacktop

So Wednesday (June 1st) was the start of my internship at Barkley/Blacktop. As most people know, I am beyond excited about this opportunity. 

The first week is great. For those who don't know, Barkley has a great building and is in the hear to KC. It is nice to because they have a parking garage for the employees, which you have to pay for but it isn't that much and it makes parking really convenient. The building is pretty open to. If you are part of a student design group or just design students in general you should ask for a tour to see the place. They will be more than happy to give one. Right now wouldn't be the best time though due to some construction. It is still pretty cool though. 

This is the first thing you see walking into the doors of Barkley! The Welcome sign is chalk and gets re-written here and there. I'm not sure how often yet though.

This is the first thing you see walking into the doors of Barkley! The Welcome sign is chalk and gets re-written here and there. I'm not sure how often yet though.

Anyways on to the internship information. The sweet thing is as interns you get your own laptop to use. The IT people here are pretty awesome because everything is really convenient, in terms of getting your email and being ready to go with your laptop. 

My sweet work laptop which is cool to have. They have a lot of booths and open areas in the building so you don't have to always be working at your desk.

My sweet work laptop which is cool to have. They have a lot of booths and open areas in the building so you don't have to always be working at your desk.

The people here are really great to. You do get treated like an employee and I haven't run into anyone yet that I would consider rude. It will be hard to memorize names though. A lot of people work here.

So for Blacktop specifically I don't have many details yet. We had to get Adobe CC setup on my laptops so I haven't done much design work yet. I think I might get to work on Applebee's design work and a few other clients. I'm not sure yet if I will be on any specific accounts or if they are just going to see what will fit me best. I'm up for anything at this point.

Overall, it has been really exciting. Now onto some friendly advice below:

My Advice to Design Students:

I am not sure if I will provide this advice every time I write a post or not but I think this week it really ties into my internship. As a design student don't be afraid to email creatives in the professional world and seek out their advice on your portfolio. A lot of time they will help. Being from a university out in the middle of nowhere makes it hard to get some networking going and get in touch with other creatives. So what I did was I emailed some art directors from a couple of companies and asked if they would give me a half hour of their time, check out my portfolio, and give me some advice. I offered them coffee in exchange. Here is the thing, both art directors I emailed were more than willing, and they talked with me for over an hour. The reason this ties into my internship is because one of them was from Blacktop. I don't know if it is part of the reason I got the job but out of this whole ordeal I got to know a couple really cool people and get some excellent advice on my portfolio too. It never hurts to just reach out and ask. The worse thing they could say is no and if that is the case you can ask someone else. Good luck!