Top Left Design
Top Left Design is a small design firm that was founded by my boss, Keren. She started the company about 15 years ago after she started successfully pursuing free-lance design work on websites. She turned it into a full-time business.
We had a small team of 4 designers (including Keren) and a couple of contracted coders. As a design intern, I was given a lot of design tasks.
Now, I am not a graphic design student, but that is the work that I did for Keren. Industrial Designers are absolutely required to have a good understanding of communication design concepts, and this was a great way for me to expand those skills.
I started off small, with internal content. Keren assigned me various signage around the office. I created branded content for TLD’s social media. Once I demonstrated sufficient skills, I moved on to client work. I got to design websites for 3 different clients and industries. Besides design, I also wrote blog posts, articles, and e-mails to various clients. Exercising my writing skills is something I really enjoy. I also was sometimes asked to create video content and animations that allowed me to utilize the electronic media skills that I have gained in pursuit of my minor.
The company culture was definitely a work hard/play hard mentality. We would crank through 8 hours of content entry to get a site up and running on time, and then go out to a movie and a glass of wine to celebrate. The local office only had me, Tamlyn, and Keren, and the three of us had to rely on each other for emotional support when days got busy. It was nice to know that the ladies sitting next to me absolutely had my back. Whether it was a client being rude or I felt like I was in over my head, Tam and Keren always supported me when I needed it. Our little office felt like a home away from home, and it was very nice to work from every day.
Compared to my US co-op experience, I felt more camaraderie. I never knew how important it really was in a business. I don’t know if that had to do with the size of the company or the fact that the culture is different in London, but I am glad I experienced it.
En route to work…
I made Skyline for my co-workers!
The ever-important tea/coffee corner.