Ten Weeks, Ten Ideas: Internship Edition

Last December we started searching for interns hungry to get a taste of life in a design firm. We wanted someone who had “exceptional skill and craft in an area of design practice, passion for doing great design work, and confidence collaborating with other people and articulating ideas”. Our latest intern, Jasper Stephenson met the criteria exceptionally well. As you see in his concluding blog post below, Jasper’s a fast study, a sponge, and calls it like he sees it. We’re so glad to have gotten 10 weeks with you Jasper and we’ll be watching your city-hopping exploration of design! I’ve been an intern at Adaptive Path for ten weeks. In that span, I’ve been something of a design version of Jane Goodall, spending time with the monkeys in their natural habitat and learning their ways. And, now, I have returned to civilization to share the bananas insights that I picked up during my time masquerading as one of the pack. I had all sorts of preconceptions going into the internship, preconceptions about what the strongest trends in visual design are, about the usefulness of networking, unicorns, and alcohol, about what the role of an intern is, and more. Some held up, and some fell flat when challenged. So, here are my research notes, my findings, my personal points of growth gained through ten weeks with the best of the best. 1. If you want respect in a creative setting, don’t treat anyone as untouchable. What I mean by this is: don’t ever be afraid to speak up in defense of something you’re certain about. I’ve had my suspicions...