So much filing!
Something that I’ve never really had to take into consideration up to this point is the intricate and thorough filing of documents that is required to create content as part of a closely involved design team.
In my time in University, group projects would be simple as we would divide the workload and only in the final stages would be join all our work together into one presentation or display piece before showing off our hard work. Little did I realise that this will not do in the real world.
There must be thousands if not tens of thousands of files on our networks that must all be categorised, numbered and filed away. Every completed project is given its number allowing it to be more easily located. Navigating all of this has been a huge learning curve for me, but I’m getting to grips with it.
In order to be able to create consistent content which carries all the hallmarks of the company brand, a huge proportion of the design language is played out with strict rules. There are specific swatches for almost every element in a designed piece. The typefaces of course must be the same, image treatments and screen overlay templates must always be utilised.
I have always been keen on fixing every little detail in my work, but few people can claim to have total mastery of the essential software of designers and I am not one of them. And so I have, from time to time, had to find workarounds for issues I have encountered. Although I go to great lengths to hide this fact in my final products, this is not allowable in professional design. Everything has to be spot on!
Good to know
These lessons have been hugely valuable to me and allowed me to produce numerous pieces thus far which have been published on behalf of the company. Either directly by the WRU or by its subsidiaries such as Dragons rugby, who they have owned since 2017.
Much of my work is creating pieces for campaigns that have not yet come to light, or creating visual mockups of rebranded elements around the stadium or for wider advertising purposes. In short, stuff I can’t post on social media until its all gone out and is no longer confidential.
I recently completed a banner for the Dragons which hangs in their official store in Rodney Parade. I know this piece has bee signed off.
Again, it is quite a simple design. I’m quite pleased with the textured background design which shows the vertically lifting Tees Newport Bridge.
It is quite an irritation knowing that I cannot display and reflect on the most challenging and engaging pieces I’ve created. But at the same time, I’m very excited to build my portfolio. The pace of work here is so much greater than I’d experienced up this point and so the finished, polished pieces are beginning to stack up.