On Thursday I began my morning by meeting with Team Morris. Erin began by showing me the finished images of the BrightHouse space that I had seen the schematic plans of when I shadowed Brittany Jones for a day over the summer. BrightHouse is a marketing firm that has a space in Ponce City Market in downtown Atlanta. Their space ended up being super fun and outside the norm of a typical office space. After talking with Erin I met with Craig the design director at VCave to review my portfolio and resume. I was able to discuss with him what I should add to my portfolio and focus on for my remaining time as a student to better myself when I start my career. Ultimately, he said I should continue to focus on developing my hand renderings because I have a natural understanding of hand drawings from my previous experiences.
I then attended a rep lunch at the Global Furniture Group showroom in Atlanta. Global began as a chair manufacturer and has evolved into a large line of mid-priced furnishings for the office and home. The rep at Global showed us some of the newer products in the line and their functions.
After lunch I met with Team Dietrich where I was able to review a set of red lines and talk about changes that needed to be made and why. I then sat in on a conference call with a client. The purpose of the call was to go ahead and okay the CD’s and any changes that had been made so that the CD’s could be sent onto the City for approval.
I then attended the Thursday afternoon presentation. This rep was here to show the newer products in a carpet tile line and why this product was better than their competitors.
After my fourth day at VCave I was really understanding and appreciating what everyone was doing. As I reflected over my few days I had spent at VCave I had noticed that within each team there was a range of ages and backgrounds on each team. My preconceived idea of a larger commercial firm was that there would be few recent graduates and that the majority of the designers would be older with many years of experience. However, this did not hold true at VCave. I was noticing that there were plenty of recent graduates that were still learning and establishing themselves in the design field. This was refreshing to see because even though they are all extremely qualified they do not know everything yet but their colleagues are always willing to help and answer questions so that they can become better designers.