Meet our recent summer interns. :) Yey! They’re really awesome.
UP College of Fine Arts
If there’s anything Plus63 can do better than design, I’d say it’s definitely sharing the good vibes — whether it was a slow afternoon at the studio or a busy one for us interns, it’s guaranteed that there will always be a thing or two to laugh about at the end of the day. There was a lot to learn from the brainstorming sessions and lectures too, our copywriting exercise easily being the most memorable for all the singing we had to do! I personally enjoyed our silkscreening session and helping out with the studio’s photo shoot (the chocolates from Risa were a big bonus), plus being able to crash the Adobo Design Awards. Hands down the best summer ever!
Info Design, Ateneo De Manila University
I didn’t really think of interning at Plus63 at first, but when the idea finally hit me I went for it kasi wala lang, for the sake of experience; and I can say interning at Plus63 this summer was one of the best decisions I made EVER.
I’ve never interned before so I had no idea whatsoever on how it works, I only assumed it was going to be just like work minus the part where I get paid. Haha. Nonetheless, I got exposed to a lot of things while interning at Plus63 this summer: going to places, trying out new things like silkscreen printing, learning things like Illustrator and how to create my own branding which I’m seriously considering to improve on these days.
To be honest, I think this was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made because it helped me focus on what I really wanted to do in life, or at least when I graduate. The schedule is really chill lang, and the work hours don’t demand a lot which makes it all the more enjoyable, like I was really in it to experience fun than to work. To add, Dan and the entire Plus63 team are super friendly and approachable, first day pa lang I felt really welcomed already, and I’m sure Isai and Mika felt the same too, haha. They also helped us a lot with our portfolio during our review, which really is a plus for me because it gave me a fresh perspective on how to critique my stuff without bias whatsoever. We were even taught how to do copywriting, which became a challenge for me because we had to sing but it was all good; I’d remember it as a good experience rather than an embarrassing one, haha!
One of the things I learned from the internship that I hold dear is Dan’s general advice on developing a style, that it’s good to experiment with different styles rather than to stick to the one I already know; it’s good to stay out of our comfort zones so we can make more room for improvement because as a matter of fact, we never stop learning even after we graduate. If I could intern again at Plus63, I definitely would!
Info Design, Ateneo De Manila University
My internship with Plus 63 felt more like a mentorship, to be honest. Every day at the studio was super fun because they always tried to put design and good vibes together in our “work” environment. The studio was filled with interesting knick knacks on every wall and surface, and even had an Xbox we could use during our free time. It’s also pretty cool that no one wanted to be called “sir” or “maam” because my mentors acted like we’ve been friends for the longest time. It’s funny how I still get kilig knowing I’ve learned so much from my idols (Hi Dan and Kitkat!) and met more inspiring people (Hi Berns, Jo and Dang!) who share the same passion I have for all things wonderfully creative. It was never really boring working there because sometimes we’d have impromptu field trips to places like that hole-in-the-wall coffee shop called Craft, or that awesome wings place at the Collective, and even to more formal events like the Adobo Design Awards. With them, I learned that work and play could mean the same thing if you love what you do.
During the internship, I didn’t really expect that I’d be focusing more on my growth as a designer instead of arguing with myself about what fonts to use for a client’s website or worrying about whether I would shame Plus 63’s name. I got used to working for other people that I forgot about my personal projects, so being surrounded by other artists made me want to create more work for myself. I guess this was much better than just staying at home all day waiting for inspiration to come while eating pasta and watching movies. Not implying that this isn’t fun (I do this all the time), but it was exactly the push I needed. I’m sad I don’t work for them as a designer, but I’m thankful that at least I got to experience being part of the Plus 63 family. I’m also glad knowing that I made friends with such interesting people, and though I’m technically not an intern any more, I’m always welcome to just hang out and share some of the good vibes once in a while.
I’ve been meaning to blog about my experience at Plus63 this summer but this will have to do for now. :’) Greatest experience this summer!