A week long placement at Oui3 design provided work experience student Hannah with a real flavour of life in a brand communication agency, here Hannah explains:
As part of my fourth year at high school, I had to arrange and attend a job placement for a week. Work experience is a great opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills whilst practising being independent and getting a taste of what working life is like.
I have always been very undecided about what I wanted to do, but I have always enjoyed art, specifically the design aspect of it. Luckily for me, my dad is Head of Design at Oui3, so tagging along with him and taking part in various design projects for a week seemed like a perfect placement opportunity. I was really looking forward to seeing how the office functioned and whether it would suite me.
When I arrived on Monday, I was given a project to work on for the week, to design packaging for a new range of teabags. After receiving the brief, I did some market research to find out what type of teas were available and what seemed suitable to design for. I settled on a range of ‘black china teas,’ and then went on to sketch some different realistic and stylized ideas. As I was designing for black china tea, I felt that my design should concentrate on tone and shape, keeping the colours subtle. The project was really fun and I was really pleased with the finished result.
This was not the only project I was involved with over my week at Oui3. I got to help out with different aspects of projects in the agency and assisted with some research tasks, learning that research is one of the first and most important steps in the design process.
Coming to work and getting involved with projects was a joy, everyone in the office are very friendly and helpful. They’re all so good at what they do, it was so inspiring to see, and I hope to achieve this someday. All in all I gained a lot of experience throughout the time I spent at Oui3 and I definitely made the most of my work placement.
Oui3 Design takes on work placement student every year at various stages of their education, Gary Haston Managing Director says ‘ We work closely with local schools and universities every year to provide opportunities for the next generation of young designers to gain industry experience’