A Day in the Life of a Barrel Intern

By on July 25th, 2012

I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I love reading about what other people do on a daily basis (like those articles where a person walks you through what they’re doing at specific times of the day). Now that I’m interning at Barrel, I thought I would give you a little insight on what a day in the life of a Barrel intern is like.

A Barrel Monday

9:10am
My alarm rings and I get out of bed right away. I feel like hitting snooze just prolongs the torture.

9:45am
I’m out of the door by 9:45am, plugging into my iPod for the 15 minute walk to the office.

9:55am
Once I get to Barrel, I always have an internal debate over whether I should walk the 6 flights of stairs up to the office or use the elevator. The elevator usually wins that battle.

9:57am
Everybody’s introducing themselves to the new guy. Welcome to the team, Nelson (and Brandon, who stopped by at the office a little later)!

Looking fly, Nelson.

10:00am
The first thing I do once I’m on my computer is check my email and calendar. Before I start any work, I need to get up to date on upcoming tasks, meetings, and pictures of unlikely friendships from Aretha’s internal weekly recap emails.

Aretha loves sending us pictures of unlikely friendships.

10:10am
After I get everything in order, I fire up illustrator and start working on new Sanctuary T homepage, newsletter and blog post banners. Summer is here, and they need new promotions to keep their sales going.

11:15am
Jan sent the team a cool find: Interactive Chrome Experiment. I spent a little bit of time playing around with it and wondering how doing something like with HTML5 and CSS3 is humanly possible.

11:35am
I’m starting a draft of this blog post! I try to put at least one post up every week.

12:15pm
Mondays mean team design meetings! Peter checks in on what everybody will be working on for the week. We also have a presentation or activity every week — presenting inspiration, sketch sessions, and planning internal projects.

Today, we looked at inspiration for the Barrel website redesign. Team members were asked to bring 3-5 inspiration websites to generate ideas. I’m doing inspiration for about pages, along with Lee and Andrea. Here are the sites I presented:

http://www.ngenworks.com
I love nGen Works’ illustrations and fun taglines. Their “on the nightstand” tidbits in the full bios are a great way to reveal the personalities of their team members.

http://www.arc90.com/team
The way Arc90′s team photos change on hover is a nice surprise.

http://www.glueisobar.com
Glue Isobar breaks out of a strict grid with some bigger thumbnails on their team page.

http://www.campaignmonitor.com/our-story
Campaign Monitor’s video tour of their office is amazing. It makes their team look very relatable and friendly, which is important for any service-based business.

http://www.wearepapertiger.com
We Are Paper Tiger’s about page is very simple, but I like how they list things they like to show a little personality.

1:30pm
Lunch time! I forgot to take a picture of my food before I ate it, but we had BBQ chicken, a huge fruit platter, mashed potatoes, cornbread, mac & cheese (I’ve been craving this!), yellow rice, and herb potatoes.

2:00pm
I’m updating Chamber Music Society‘s click through presentation with Lee, fixing some technical color issues with Sanctuary T banners, and tweaking CSS styles on Keg.

3:15pm
Diane and Taylor scoots over to my desk to talk about Brink Magazine‘s individual art page redesign. We’re trying to decide if we should put thumbnails on the page or if it would distract users from the artwork.

None of the website redesign is up yet, but here’s a sneak peak of what Brink will look like:

A beautifully clean new Brink.

3:45pm
After revising Brink designs, we had a quick meeting with Boram in the “baby conf” to plan Barrel’s barbecue on Friday.

We call our smaller conference room the "baby conf."

4:00pm
Aretha checks in with me on Connecticut Policy Institute edits, and I get to work on them to prepare for a one-on-one review in an hour.

5:45pm
I’m doing some last edits on this blog post, washing the dishes I used for the day, and wrapping up my work.

6:00pm
I pack up my stuff and head to the gym! Most days I’ll stay a bit later, but I’ll leave at 6 if I’m going to work out.

 

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