From the intern: Reed Barnes

From the intern: Reed Barnes

The Intern's Blog

Hi, my name is Reed Barnes, and I'm interning at Speak Creative for a few days this week. I'm in the eighth grade. My school has an internship program for eighth graders,  where we all find what we're interested in, find a business we'd like to work with, and try to set up an internship with that business. I knew that I was very interested in programming and web design, and Speak had done an app for my mom's company, so I'm interning here from February 15th to the 17th. I've learned a lot about the web- and app-design businesses while I've been here.

At Speak, there's a lot more work with people than I thought. So much of the business is about talking to clients, whether it's talking with them about the benefits of a website redesign, meeting with them to discuss which design they like best, or walking them through how to work with the finished product. Of course, there's a lot of fancy code (see below) that I can't understand, and there's a lot of staring at computers. Still, Speak puts a ton of time and effort into making their clients happy by making sure they're in contact every step of the way. And of course, the "client snacks" (see below #2) help seal the deal.

I've gotten to watch almost everybody do their jobs, from watching the designers convert proofs into real websites, to listening and watching an account manager give some clients a walk through of their site, to sitting in on a meeting with a client. The office at Speak is really quiet–again, there's a lot of staring at computers–but I still feel engaged and active. On Wednesday, I got to sit in on two meetings with clients. One was with Cushman & Wakefield, a commercial real estate developer, and the other was with Woodland Tree Services. To cap off my day of meetings, I got to sit in on Comedy Hou– sorry, the sales meeting. That was a fun experience. Thursday, I got to watch the designers do all their cool stuff. I also sat in on a discovery meeting with a church for a ministry site.

Right now I'm just hanging out with the designers again, using a spare computer up in the designers' area. Everybody else is doing important work involving code and Photoshop and other cool stuff... while I'm writing a blog. Probably not the most glamorous of work, but it has to be done. Well, actually, no it doesn't, but that's not the point. The point is that I'm doing something! Hooray! Anyways, my three days at Speak have been really fun, and I'm sad that today's my last day. Oh yeah, don't forget to check out the icon I helped design for a website that will be coming out soon (see below #3)

All that fancy code stuff. I had a cooler shot of code, but they swore me to secrecy...




The client snack bowl. *Hallelujah chorus plays*




I totally got to design an icon for a website that will be coming out soon...

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