The Lemonly interns have been working hard, playing hard, and making sweet visuals for more than a month now! Time has flown in the weeks since we graduated from “the kids’ table” (our term) and were split up into workspaces amongst the Lemonheads.
While we still work together on some projects, it’s just not the same as being able to look over at each others’ computer screens several times a day to ask “Whatcha doin’?” We took this blog post as an opportunity to check in with each other as well as with all of you.
Christian asked Natalie:
How has Lemonly been different from another place you’ve worked?
The last place I worked at was a full service agency, so coming to a company that was so niche was a whole different experience for me. I’ve learned a lot and it has been a great experience so far.
What have you learned?
- Infographics help to tell a story and showcase data in a visual and more effective way.
- If it’s your turn to pick the Spotify playlist in the office, do not to pick Justin Bieber because the majority of your coworkers will think you’re a weirdo.
- Things aren’t always going to go according to plan, but learn how to roll with the punches and adapt quickly.
- The perfect .gif can solve just about anything.
What’s your favorite part of the infographic process?
Moving from the wireframe to the design phase. This is when the graphic moves from a black and white basic outline to a full color graphic with much more detail. It’s great because it’s the part where the client really sees their project coming to life.
How has the Lemonly team worked with you to make you better at what you do?
During my interview, [Lemonly’s CEO] John told me, “Lemonly is the type of place where I want you to ask for forgiveness instead of permission.” Lemonly trusts employees to know the process and go for it, rather than hold their hand the whole way. They have pushed me to go further in my professional life as well as in my personal life. (Including talking me into signing up for a half-marathon. Thanks, Tess.)
How many lemon-related things are in the office space?
Hundreds! I love that fact that Lemonly showcases their brand not only in their work but the décor as well. It helps make the office space feel bright and welcoming, especially the giant neon lemon light.
Natalie asked Maddie:
One month in, yay! What have you learned so far?
A bunch! If I have to pick one thing I’ve learned, it’s brevity. Lemonly’s specialties (infographics, microcontent, etc.) all require copy that is short, impactful, and easy to understand. It took some getting used to after writing a 15-page critical portfolio on the effect of technology and mediation on human empathy depicted in postmodern literature for my senior capstone class a week before starting my internship.
Describe Lemonly’s culture using three words.
Collaborative. Transparent. Forward-thinking.
What’s something you still want to learn before the internship comes to an end?
I’ve been able to work with Google Analytics a bit so far, but I’m looking forward to getting more familiar with the analytics side of digital marketing for sure.
What are three cool things you’ve gotten to be a part of since becoming a lemonhead?
- Researched and wrote copy for our first awesome infographic
- Recorded the first Facebook livestream of AQJTM
- Writing copy for a NCAA pitchbook (in progress!)
Favorite Lemonly infographic?
I love the reading gifographic!
Maddie asked Christian:
Favorite project you’ve worked on?
The Let Dory Just Keep Swimming .gif. I was really excited to learn about motion graphics, specifically .gifs because they’re so fun to look at.
Check out our interns’ first project! ? “Finding Dory” and its Risk to the Reef Infographic http://t.co/O9AynI7nG7 pic.twitter.com/WFd3cVD7Zd
— Lemonly (@lemonly) June 15, 2016
What’s something you’re looking forward to?
Whatever project Amy and Ashton give me next! The graphics I’m working on right now are coming along really well.
What’s your go-to response when someone asks what you do at your internship?
I’m learning how to make infographics so I can get better at telling a story through visual and motion graphics.
Describe our co-workers using three words.
Happy. Baby-obsessed. Savvy.
Describe the internship so far using a song title.
“40 Day Dream” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Stay tuned with the interns as we continue our sweet summer journey! We’ve got an infographic coming up that combines two of our favorite things…