Do you need one?
What makes a good one?
How do you get a foot in the door?
If you’re thinking of taking the plunge, there’s probably a lot of questions on your mind… What better way to get the lowdown on life here than to hear about it from someone who’s been in your shoes? We quizzed our Junior Designer Alec Herrington, about his former internship with us – from getting a foot in the door, to the day-to-day, to bagging a full-time job.
Alec, do you wanna introduce yourself?
Hi, I’m Alec – a 24 year old Junior Designer at Mr B & Friends. I studied at Sheffield Hallam University graduating in BA (Hons) Graphic Design.
My first interest and love for graphic design came through an italian designer called Alberto Seveso. I was mesmerised by the effects that he could create, paint in water, and I wanted to replicate his creative through my own style. Through this I became intrigued in how he positioned his type around these effects and how he applied it to packaging and portraits.
Why did a Mr B internship catch your eye?
I came across Mr B & Friends on social platforms, which led me to their website. I was amazed by their creative – particularly their branding work. So I had to get in touch…
Whilst browsing the website, I found the ‘Join us’ section where I saw a piece about internships and that they did them. I thought that Mr B & Friends would be a great fit for my design style, so I didn’t hesitate to send in my CV and covering letter.
My internship lasted 6 months. It started off as a 3 month contract initially, but got extended for making a good impression on the directors.
Tell us about the best bits and tricky bits…
A real highlight was working on Turtle Bay with one of the directors. To work on a well known brand for the first time in my career was a valuable experience and such a thrill.
I think as an intern the challenge you face is to become used to the fast pace of working life. Having shorter deadlines and challenging yourself to produce great work at a speed you’re not used to. I think organisation has a big part to play in this, making sure you have enough time to complete the brief.
What did you do to impress us (and bag a full-time role)?
I believe I got the Junior Designer role at Mr B & Friends because of my enthusiasm and willingness just to say yes to whatever was put in front of me. Especially as an intern and junior, I think you need to dip into all forms of creative. From animation through to illustration. I didn’t shy away from this and always said yes.
What’s expected as a Junior Designer VS an intern?
Other than the jump in pay 😉 I’d say the responsibility, as your job title rises I believe your responsibility and level of work is expected to increase. I’ve definitely had more responsibility in terms of projects, one being the re-labelling of Starks Nutrition packaging and taking the lead in creative with this.
What would you say to someone looking to become a Future Friend?
My advice to the ‘Future Friends’ is to be confident in approaching us. We are a friendly bunch and are always looking for great creatives to inspire us. Secondly, I’d make sure that before applying you are on top of your portfolio, make sure it’s relevant to the agency you are applying to and update your CV accordingly. Lastly, present yourself as a willing and enthusiastic designer and I believe you’ll go far.
Good luck guys!
We’ll soon be on the lookout for our next bright young thing. Interested? Simply drop Nathan a line saying you’d like to be added to the Future Friends mailing list, to keep up to date with next steps: