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Stories from Design Bridge: A catch up with our London Studio juniors

Last September we welcomed a new group of junior team members to the London Studio. And doesn’t time fly?! One year on, we checked in to see how they are getting on, what they’ve learnt in the past 12 months, and what advice they’d give to this year’s new junior recruits, who joined us this week (we’ll meet them on the blog soon)…

Jordan Robertson

Jordan, Junior Designer

What has surprised you most about your first year working at DB?
The reality of studio dogs (gassy).

What have you learnt?
I’ve learnt how to be more methodical in my approach to working, and also how to look further into design.

What are you most proud of?
I’m quite proud of keeping up to pace with more complicated technical challenges of the job as this is the thing I found most difficult when I first started. I’d also say that being given the opportunity to work on a few illustration jobs here and there as well as my primary client work is something I’m proud of, too.

What one piece of advice would you give to this year’s new junior recruits?
Make sure you have some solid nutrients before the Summer Away Day…

Hannah McDermid

Hannah, Market Analyst

What has surprised you most about your first year working at DB?
The range and number of exciting projects and opportunities that DB has to offer. I never imagined that I’d be working on such interesting brands, both established and new.

What have you learnt?
I have learnt to trust my instinct! Having gained experience working in the Strategy team over the past year, I feel that I can start to support my ideas better from this “brain bank” of brands and trends I have begun to build.

What are you most proud of?
Helping to win some awesome pitches, learning loads along the way. There’s really no better way to learn than just getting stuck in!

What one piece of advice would you give to this year’s new junior recruits?
Go with your gut and don’t be afraid to speak up if you have an idea. Take initiative and give it a go. Everyone’s ideas are welcomed and listened to here.

Charlie Hutchins

Charlie, Junior Designer

What has surprised you most about your first year working at DB?
How much I’ve grown professionally. When I started I think I still very much had a university mindset, but I think my approach to projects has developed massively in the last 12 months.

What have you learnt?
My knowledge of cinematography and cameras has really grown. Although this isn’t my specific job role or what I studied at uni, I’ve had the chance to develop skills in this area. There seems to be more and more jobs coming in for me to shoot rather than having to outsource to production houses, which is great.

What are you most proud of?
I’d say my general development in the last year.

What one piece of advice would you give to this year’s new junior recruits?
Try to talk to anyone and everyone to share and develop ideas. And for people specifically working in the London Studio – don’t forget to come and chat to us in the Realisation team, too!

Bethany Stone

Beth, Junior Designer

What has surprised you most about your first year working at DB?
The amount of trust given to juniors surprised me. You’re thrown in straight away, which can seem terrifying but it just shows that DB has faith in your abilities (maybe even before you might).

What have you learnt?
I literally had zero computer skills before I started here, and now I’m able to actually understand (most of) what someone is talking about in design software language. That’s definitely my biggie (thank you very much DB)!

What are you most proud of?
Probably the most recent Lipton work for the Solar Eclipse in the US (can’t beat a good hashtag), which was a real collaborative effort between the London and New York teams. It’s a great example of how the team can be really proactive, come up with an idea and pitch it to the client. It’s pretty exciting to see the things you and your team work on come to life and be shared across social platforms proudly by your clients.

What one piece of advice would you give to this year’s new junior recruits?
Don’t be afraid to say any idea. Even if you think it’s naff, cringey or even too obvious. It can be pretty nerve-wracking when you’re in a room with so many creative people, but your ideas really are valuable. Don’t let yourself fall into the background – even I am still trying to overcome this!

Kirsty Struthers

Kirsty, Junior Designer

What has surprised you most about your first year working at DB?
I was most surprised by the atmosphere. In some ways it feels like an extension of uni – music is always playing in the Studio, everyone is super friendly and always up for a laugh, and there is always someone making a cup of tea or coffee. Yes, we work hard, but the hard work is rewarded and we love an excuse to celebrate and be sociable!

What have you learnt?
This year has been a massive learning curve, and I’ve definitely found lots of new tips and tricks to speed up my working learning. Everyone here is keen to learn, regardless what level they are, and are always there to lend a helping hand or give advice when needed. I feel I have also learnt to have confidence in the work I do and take pride in my opinions.

What are you most proud of?
I am really proud of the work I have completed during my first year at Design Bridge, but I think I am more proud of myself for how much my confidence has grown over the past 12 months. I’m quite a shy person so I was nervous to move from a little village in Scotland to London, but I feel I have learnt and grown a great deal, not only as a designer but also as a person through being part of Design Bridge. I feel much more confident as a designer and take much more pride in myself and the work I do.

What one piece of advice would you give to this year’s new junior recruits?
Enjoy it! Your work got you the interview and your personality got you the job – we believe you fit into our DB family. Everyone is super lovely and we are all looking forward to having you join the team. Welcome Newbies!

Want to join the team? Check our Careers page for the latest opportunities to join us in London, Amsterdam, Singapore and New York.

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