The project is run by Sydney based, North of England raised designers Matt Johnson and Jordan Stokes.
Placement was started in 2007 when we were both at University and on placement in London.
The University course (University of Central Lancashire) was 4 years, 1 of those years (year 3)
was spent working at agencies for a minimum of 8 months. You could work at 1 or 8 or 12 different agencies if you wanted.
On arrival in London we quickly realised that we were completely unprepared for the intern life.
So we decided to make a guide, for students, by students with the backing and help of people who would be employing you as interns/junior designers. We asked (emailed, called, collared in the street/pub) as many designers, internationally but mainly from the UK (and now Australia) for a contribution on the theme of placements or internships.
Some are funny, some are serious and scary, some offer valid advice, some make certain people sound **Ahem**. All in all though we got some amazing results back from some really great people and collated it along with written accounts of our own experiences into a book for our final major project.
Then in 2012 UCLan asked us whether they could commission a printed version project to go to print as a promotional piece for our course, so we collected more stuff and printed it as an oversized newspaper.
This website is the latest iteration of the project, which will hopefully allow the knowledge and wisdom within the project to be added to and shared by everyone.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding the project we’d love to hear from you.
We are also currently adapting the content into a talk for universities and design courses in Australia (or the world if you want to fly us there). Please email us if you are interested in us bringing this design-based circus to your town.
We hope you enjoy the project.
We are fully aware that in the 10 years since this project began contributors have moved agencies and potentially even out of the creative industry. We have highlighted these on each of the relevant posts with a little asterisk (just incase you’re wondering what they are).
There have also been many other similar projects created and published, whether as single articles or as on-going sources of reference.
We do feel that we have too much great information here that we have waited too long to release out into the wider world.
If you are aware of any wrong information featured on this website, or if you are the contributor and you would like to be disassociated with the project. Please get in touch and we can amend the project.