Placement: Rapport Events

Rapport Events

My time at Rapport Events, an award winning events agency based in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, was a placement like no other. What started out as a 6 week placement turned out to be a truly rewarding and enjoyable experience.

My role was to provide holiday cover for the creative department. Unlike a typical placement there would be no one to look over my shoulder. Instead, it would be up to me to prioritise my workload, manage print deadlines and liaise with suppliers.

Despite the amount of responsibility I was given, I never felt daunted by it. But rather, I was excited by the prospect. I felt supported by the team and was challenged by my work, but never felt out of my depth.

Before my time with Rapport, I was unaware of the amount of creative input that would be involved in an event. However, I soon learnt that it was a vital aspect in order to create a successful and engaging delegate experience.

I feel very lucky to have been at Rapport during a busy period, which enabled them to extend my time there. My hands-on experience has been priceless, and I have felt valued to have my suggestions considered.

I shall miss the lovely team, great office atmosphere, the energy and flurry of activity just before every event.

Thank you Rapport for the insight you have provided and I shall be eagerly following your progress on Twitter.

Character Illustrations for CHICKS

Just a quick preview of the character designs for the CHICKS (Country Holiday for Inner City Kids) charity website that I’m currently building at Bluestone360.

Original CHICKS character designs

The original designs that I submitted needed amending as they portrayed the children as being too young. The respite breaks held by CHICKS are for children between 8 – 15 years old and so the characters needed to reflect this.

Face sketches

Character sketches

After an afternoon of sketching, development and experimenting stylistically – here are the new illustrations:

Improved CHICKS character designs

The Bluestone360 Academy

Smeaton's Tower on Plymouth Hoe

I’ve recently relocated to Plymouth to join Bluestone360 for a summer placement. This is a very exciting opportunity for me to gain experience at one of South West’s top creative agencies after winning a design competition launched as part of the Bluestone360 Academy. The Academy was formed to give talented graduates real industry experience. As the chosen candidate I will be bringing to life the design entry I submitted for the CHICKS (Country Holiday for Inner City Kids) charity website. CHICKS is a national children’s charity that provides free respite breaks for disadvantaged children across the UK. These breaks take place in one of their countryside retreats in Devon or Cornwall and give the children a chance to enjoy their childhood.

Having received a very warm welcome on my first day at Bluestone360 I look forward to the challenges creating CHICKS’ new website will involve. A convenient bonus of my time here is that the office in Royal William Yard is right by the waterfront and is an absolutely gorgeous location to be based.

WaterfrontCow sculpture

Royal William YardBluestone360 office

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Another recent development is that I’ve joined Twitter. Feel free to follow my process as I journey through my latest adventure!

The Ultimate Holding Company

I have recently finished a placement at The Ultimate Holding Company in Manchester. UHC is an unique art and design co-operative who aims to contribute towards positive and social change through good graphic design as well as publicly engaging projects. Amongst many things, the placement allowed me to make small contributions towards the Keith Taylor MEP website as well as witness the frenzy of activity behind the EXAM Project, which was part of the Queer Up North Festival.

A big thank you to Sara, Jack and the rest of the team at UHC for looking after me during my time there!