Hannah and Victoria are our first double case study of the year!
Both came to Seville with Capacity London, and are currently working together at LAB Sevilla as graphic designers and illustrators. They share the passion for this art, as well as their opinions about the internship and Seville.
LAB Sevilla is a place to create, learn, debate, share ideas and develop projects with professionals in the creative industry. It combines a coworking area, a room for events and classrooms for workshops, facilitating meetings between social innovators through continuous programming of events related to creativity, culture, sustainability and new technologies.
1. Tell us a little bit about what you do – what’s your work placement and what’s it like?
I work as a graphic design and illustration intern at LAB Sevilla. I have tackled many fun live briefs, such as animation and mural painting for a range of clients. I love the placement as working with other like minded creative interns on my first internship since graduating is really exciting.
I’m a graphic design and illustration intern at LAB Sevilla, under an amazing designer Ale Rojas. My placement so far has allowed me to work alongside others to create work for some incredible clients in a studio that feels like hanging out with your friends and working at the same time.
2. How does Seville compare to your expectations of what it would be like?
H: I knew Seville would be a great place to live in, but it has exceeded my expectations. You can really surround yourself with a massive historic and creative culture. The people are amazing, the city is beautiful and the food is super yummy!
V: Seville is so beautiful and everyone here is so lovely! Even if you don’t know that much Spanish they help you to speak it when you can. The city is so culturally inspiring and you feel so at home as soon as you arrive. It has definitely exceeded my expectations and continues to amaze me daily! I’ve loved exploring all the tourist spots such as admiring the beautiful tiles in the Real Alcazar or trekking up the ramps to the top of the cathedral tower as well as discovering new places to drink cerveza and eat tapas with friends.
3. What’s the number one thing you want to get out of this experience?
H: The main aspect I want to get out of the internship is gaining the ability to collaborate and work on live briefs. I believe I now have enough experience working in a studio space to help get a graphic design job once I’m home.
V: My number one thing I want is to keep learning about Seville and the culture, whilst meeting amazing local people as well as those also doing Erasmus placements. If I can hold a conversation happily in Spanish by the time I leave I know I’ll have met this goal.
4. Do you consider Seville to be a good city for creative practitioners? Why?
H: Seville is a great city for creative practitioners, even though design jobs are hard to find, there is a huge creative network and community that you can become part of during your internship. Design can be seen all over Seville and is great for getting inspiration and motivation for future projects.
V: Seville is absolutely full of amazing artwork, from the graffiti you find in the street to the murals painted down by the river. No matter where you look you will find someone taking a creative person to chat to about the beauty of the city and feeling uninspired whilst living here is essentially impossible.
5. Do you find your placement inspiring and stimulating for your creative work and goals?
H: Working in a new environment alongside other graphic design interns is hugely inspiring, being able to collaborate on new briefs allows you to view briefs in a different light and respond to briefs in a more professional way. It has helped me achieve and plan new goals on what I want to gain after my internship at LAB.
V: Working at LAB has allowed me to really sink my teeth into amazing projects and work alongside local interns who provide a completely different perspective to my own when it comes to graphic design. Since I’ve been here I’ve been able to expand my personal creative horizons and pick up new techniques and practices that I know will get me places in the future.
We are happy to see that Hannah and Victoria are having a great time working at LAB Sevilla, learning from each other and everyone else involved. They are gaining the professional experience they so desire, while also enjoying Seville for its artistic and cultural attractions.
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