Here at Flow we’re big believers in investing in the future of our industry. We’re an official partner of The Manchester College and offer work experience to their students, as well as giving talks on our work at the college, we run animation workshops with local high schools, and we run a summer internship programme.
The internships are 4-6 weeks, are fully paid, and are designed to give the next generation of talented designers and animators the chance to work in a busy creative studio, and gain real-life, hands-on experience of working within our creative team on a range of projects.
This year we offered an animation and graphic design internship, and the successful applicants have now been with us for two weeks. We’ve asked Inês and Josh a few questions to find out a bit more about them. Have a read here:
Tell us about yourself!
Im Josh, I’m 23 years young, from Cheshire and I just genuinely love to create. I’ve recently graduated in graphic design at the University of Salford which was a great experience. I always try to learn something new everyday, I believe that it’s the active thought of wanting to learn more on a daily basis that keeps me interested in graphic design, constantly improving my design skills, and genuine creativity. Although I mainly specialise in and enjoy graphics, branding and motion, I am open and curious about developing my skills in other areas of design, and often find myself always wanting to learn more.
My name is Inês Silva, I am Portuguese and I studied Economy in high school, but after failing maths I had to repeat the year, so I decided to study Drawing. Then I got in to do Animation at university. I started to collaborate with a graphic design studio doing some motion stuff in the second year. From that point I didn’t stop studying, freelancing and doing some online courses – always pushing to get better and trying to find my place in the animation world.
The part that I love the most in motion design is that I guess it’s a form of acting without you being the actor. It’s a form of expressing myself.
What made you interested in motion/design?
I have always been interested in creative subjects for as long as I can remember, I was never really what you’d call an ‘academic’. I was more the weird guy at the back photoshopping his friend’s head onto a miscellaneous celebrity. So I guess that means I was destined to be a designer?
Animation was always very present in my life. I watched a lot of cartoons as a kid and always had an emotional connection with them without even realising. Years passed and I never really thought about them, I just loved to see animated films. I never thought I could study it as a course until high school when I was “between a rock and a hard place”.
After not enjoying Economy in high school I picked up a prospectus that had all the courses in Portugal and looked at the ones I thought looked fun. I stumbled on the animation course in the Algarve and “voila”! It was the beginning of discovering animation and motion design.
What made you apply for Flow?
I was lucky enough to meet two of the flow team (Jordan & Alex) at a portfolio review night in Manchester, where I was given great feedback on my early motion work. Later on I looked more into Flow as an agency, viewing their projects and absolutely loved all of the work. I knew that I would instantly apply for any opportunities that came up, and was lucky enough to be taken on.
I was doing the mastermind group from Motion Hatch, (it’s a great support system which helped develop my business side and has great community sense – if you can, definitely check it out). Hayley, who was my mentor, told me about the internship at Flow so I just went for it and applied.
What is your fave Flow project?
There are too many great ones to choose from, but I would say that Flow’s award-winning Arts Council campaign is one of my favourites, as there were multiple deliverables that all seamlessly came together thanks to the gorgeous modular branding, (which is one of my favourite brand styles) and the result is super clean.
I would pick the Big Chip Awards for the variety of styles and animation. It’s so awesome, it was one of those projects that got me really pumped up to intern here.
How are you finding it so far?
I am absolutely loving it so far, I feel so comfortable with the team here, and even though I am only in my second week I have gained a lot of new insights into my design abilities and how an independent studio ticks. I believe that my experience here at Flow will become a very important stage in my design career, and my overall personal development.
I have done so much in so little time! Learning all sorts of animation techniques and having the support of amazing people that love their jobs and are keen to share their knowledge has been an extraordinary experience.