Wednesday, June 28, 2017


My name is Nicole Farhan and I’m a graphic designer major. I always wanted to get into editorial design and all year I interviewed MICA alumni and checked websites for internships in New York specifically for magazine design. I applied to so many but got called back for InStyle and Redbook. I felt much more comfortable with the interview at Redbook. I grew up reading it so I knew this was the right internship for me.

My responsibilities were basic assistant work like printing certain spreads, covers and copying inspiration for them but they also let me design a lot of spreads using the templates they had. It was certain spreads that had basically the same layout each month but may have different pictures of colors that I got to choose. I also attended many meetings with the design team and ones with the whole magazine team. I also attended photoshoots to learn more about fashion photography. 

The biggest take away from this experience is that magazine design is very fast paced. It’s hard to have a lot of creative freedom because Redbook uses a lot of templates, and unless you are designing a feature the designs are very similar every month. I think that if I were to get into this field I’d want to work with music rather than fashion. I also think that it may be too fast paced for me because I like to take my time with designs and they sometimes needed me to be as quick as possible. I may look into package design or something with rock music. This doesn’t necessarily mean I dislike editorial design, I just need to find the right magazine to work for.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Maryland Science Center Museum

My name is Nilam Sari, and I am a rising junior at MICA studying Graphic Design and Interdisciplinary Sculpture. During the spring semester of 2016, I was looking for a graphic design internship opportunity somewhere in Baltimore.  I attended the Career Fair where I saw the Science Center booth and found out they were looking for an intern skilled in wood fabrication

Steven Valenziano, my soon-to-be-supervisor, explained the intern would help build their on-going exhibition and then be given the opportunity to design, plan, and fabricate their own exhibit. I showed him my portfolio we discussed my interest in toy design which made him encouraged me to apply because most of the exhibition is related to children’s interaction. I applied and went to the interview, and after two weeks I received news I and one other applicant were accepted for the opportunity to intern as an Exhibition Design and Fabrication Intern at the Maryland Science Center Museum.

During my internship, I learned more about materials, tools, fabrication method, and museum exhibition interactions. I got to learn a lot of things from being outside of the classroom in an environment more specific to my interests. For example, I learned about different kinds of fasteners and what each is best used for as well as how to choose materials for different projects and ways to handle them correctly. 

Most importantly, I learned how to use a CAD program, Solidworks, which is a important for me because its the most widely used program in the product and toy design industries. MICA doesn’t really have a dedicated class for this program but it is important for me to know how to operate it. I entered my internship with  zero knowledge of 3D modeling and, by the end, was finally able to 3D model my own sculptures, set up a technical drawing, and have a clear blueprint readable to other fabricators. This was a great experience for me and I would recommend becoming an Exhibition Design and Fabrication Intern at the Maryland Science Center Museum to other people who are looking to learn more about design and sculpture. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Living Design Lab

My name is Valeria Fuentes and I interned the summer of 2016 at a local architectural design firm called Living Design Lab. I first heard of this firm when the Founding Principal, Davin Hong, gave a presentation to my department at one of our weekly lunch presentations. He later became a MICA adjunct professor for architecture where he taught my main studio course during the first semester of my junior year.  In this class, I learned not a lot about architectural design, but also about his newly established firm, Living Design Lab. He also consulted me on an upcoming side project of mine regarding neighborhood revitalization. After the class ended, I felt like I could still learn a lot from both him and his partner at the firm, Kevin Day, so I contacted Living Design Lab about the possibility of an internship.

The Living Design Lab is self-described as “a new kind of design firm with a comprehensive approach that aims to deliver projects that are successful by every measure.” It places a strong emphasis on establishing relationships with the surrounding communities and that also intends to create social impact through collaboration.

Davin Hong served as my direct supervisor though Kevin Day was also very present, particularly in the second half. During my time at Living Design Lab, my responsibilities varied from attending meetings with potential clients, making presentations for such meetings (as well as one for meeting with their existing clients), creating sketches on Autocad, as well as other tasks. Nearing the end of my internship, I worked primarily on tasks involving the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) where meet with the Nurse Managers of various departments to determine if the new medicine units being design will fit into their designated areas.

One of the projects I am most proud of was creating the visual presentation and site plan for a new development project in Druid Hill. Although I am not too fond of hospitals, I am proud of how much I accomplished with the degree of complexity this project entails. I am happy with the progress I made with the UMMC project in interacting directly with people, community engagement, and on-the-spot drawing floor plans.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

T. Rowe Price

I am Thomas Yang, a Graphic Design senior at MICA. MICA guaranteed a certain level of artistic freedom, whereas T. Rowe Price taught me the practical graphic design that a financial company needs. 

T. Rowe Price provided a company-standard rule on color, ratio, and photographic composition. At first, it seemed cumbersome to me, but because all design projects had the similar basic format, I was able to make much more progress in a short amount of time. Learning how to be persuasive through imagery was another important skill in producing good graphic design work making this internship extremely helpful to me in improving my English as well as my design skills.

Michael Worobytz, the head of the Motion Graphics and Visual Design of Brand + Creative branch, was my direct supervisor. Every Thursday morning, he held one on one meetings to talk to interns about their concerns and stresses at work. Addressing this greatly influenced my relationship between with the branch.

Although I was not directly in charge of a project during my internship, I took a supporting role in the project of working on T. Rowe Price's comprehensive brand. I worked on many aspects of this project from the designing of small business cards to adjusting the visual elements of web design. As well as designing the bike jersey with the co-branded design of T. Rowe Price and British Legion and redesigning the previously used T. Rowe Price vector icons and giving them motion. One of the works I am most proud of is the business card design I did for the Tokyo branch of T. Rowe Price. No one working with me spoke Japanese and, although at the time I did not speak Japanese very well either, I had a sense of East Asian design layouts. I was also helped by my sister who can speak Japanese well. This allowed me to take a great role in completing the difficult business card project.

Working as an intern at T. Rowe Price, although for only a brief three months, was an invaluable experience during which I learned many things I couldn’t learn from school. One example is adhering to the company’s guidelines to ensure unity in all design products which was an approach completely different from my experience in school where I am free to design to the mood of the moment. Even more importantly, I learned the best designs are ones my audience find pleasing not just when it looks good to me. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

IBM Research

My name is Livia Song, and I’m a Graphic Design senior. I found my internship with IBM Research through a posting on s job listing website.

I learned an incredible amount when I interned at IBM Research, a place at the forefront of STEM research, this summer. I felt like I was working in a university facility with its own set of faculty who were not only focused on creating enterprise software, but on learning more about: chemistry and material sciences, algorithms, hardware, software architecture, quantum computing, artificial intelligence and cognitive services.

My supervisor’s name was Justin Weisz, the Director of the Mobile Solutions and Infrastructure branch whose specialty is in CS and HCI. Although he was my overseer, he did not give me major design advice as he conceded that it was not his area of expertise. My design mentor was Kate Vogt whose advice and directions I followed despite her not being my supervisor.

I worked as the sole Visual Designer for the mobile solutions team along with a user experience designer to create and maintain a visual identity for Zion, our iOS native healthcare application project. Zion is meant to serve as an aid for medical professionals so that they can create and follow up on care plans for patients, as well as monitor for any worrying changes in health. I worked with all sorts of developers and designers - half of the Zion team was even located across the Atlantic, in Ireland!

I am most proud of managing the workload of an “adult” job though I regret not having broken out of my shell more. I’m also proud of having landed the internship in the first place because it opened my mind to a world I had not known of before. The knowledge I gained of mobile application workflow from conception to implementation will likely prove to be invaluable as well.

I am definitely looking forward to working in or  with the tech industry in the future.