It’s not been a bad couple of weeks for Melanie Howes. Just a short time ago, the 22-year-old, from Yorkshire, was applying the finishing touches to her final year BA Graphic Design portfolio, at The University of Northumbria. While preparing for the University’s end of year design show, ‘Reveal’, she responded to an enticing, conveniently-timed advertisement for a 10-week graphic design internship.

Following a sift of applications, and hurdling an intensely competitive interview process, for the last fortnight Melanie has been settling into her new position, here in our Newcastle city-centre studio. Already working on projects in Tech and Transport, and assisting us as we develop our own marketing materials, she has slotted seamlessly into the work ethic and atmosphere of the studio.

However, the fun still hasn’t stopped. Just this week, Melanie graduated with a 2:1 in Graphic Design, and yesterday she travelled to London to attend the D&AD New Blood Festival. Taking her final year design portfolio to an international audience, for three creatively captivating days, the latest addition to our design team will be immersed in award-winning work from all around the world.

Looking forward to seeing the prestigious D&AD pencils, acclaimed awards, and some of this year’s most intriguing design concepts come to life, Melanie’s learning experience hasn’t slowed down one bit – even after graduation.

Heading to the festival after two weeks in our studio, we asked Melanie what she had picked up on so far, in the working world of design: “Typography – definitely! Layout and use of space, the fundamentals behind all good design.”

Quickly picking up on design’s most salient details, she has also thankfully established that we are: “a nice team to work with!” We are all looking forward to having her back in the studio and seeing what else she’s learned on this first leg of her career in graphic design.

Stay tuned for regular updates on Melanie’s progression and perspective on this exciting new phase of her undoubtedly prosperous career.