...of a Colorbök Designer!
Several weeks ago, we were told that there was some interest (from high school and college students) in learning about what we, as Colorbök designers, do on a day-to-day basis.
It was decided that we'd host a "Job Shadowing Day" for interested
students - a day for them to come in and observe the Studio while
learning a little bit about our processes. I think everyone was excited to have
visitors in the studio (and not only because visitors = pizza parties).
The day started out with a tour of the facility, after which our 5 Job Shadows headed upstairs to meet some Real Live Designers in their daytime habitat. Amiee and I gave a presentation about the creative process, Rebecca spoke about the stationery division and Katie introduced the Kids Design Team. By the end of the morning, 5 possible future designers knew a lot more about how an idea is translated into a Colorbök product, from concept to completion.
During our lunch-time pizza party, we got the chance to chit-chat and learn a little bit about our Job Shadows and their future plans. It's inspiring to see young(er) people passionate about art and the different mediums they're experimenting with. (Did it make anyone else miss art school, just a little?) The designers also learned a bit more about each other and how each of us ended up at Colorbök, and... whaddya' know! We have a surprising amount in common!
Following lunch it was time to get back to the grind... and by "grind", I actually mean "making felt creatures with Katie". Very serious stuff. Our Shadows learned about the line of kid-friendly products designed by the Kids Team, and even got to design and assemble their very own felt creature. Here they are, happy to be designers-for-a-day:
Our visitors left with a broader sense of what being a designer
consists of, and I know that I, personally, was reminded of why being a
designer is so cool. Everybody wins!
Thanks to Ally, Cassie, Jake, Casey and Matt for being Colorbök's FIRST (and therefore, "best") Job Shadows. Hope you enjoyed your time here; it was great having you guys with us for the day!