I have just completed a 4-week placement at Echo Brand Design, my name is Ella and I am a 2nd Year Product Design Student from Central Saint Martins.
After completing several branding briefs last year at university I wanted to see what it was like to design for blue-chip brands in the real world.
Whilst at Echo I was set a ‘What if’ project, where I had to choose a brand to research and design a completely new product for. I chose ‘Sharpie’, the permanent marker Brand which is all about making your mark wherever you want. By getting regular feedback from the Product designers here I was able to learn about Echo’s way of working and develop my own portfolio at the same time. We thought about what Sharpie could do in the future and came up with a colour-changing plant food, this new design would extend Sharpies influence from the man-made world to our natural landscape. Running this project alongside other work for Echo meant I was never bored and I got the most out of my time here.
The Echo office has a supportive atmosphere where everyone gets on, making it a good environment to learn in. I would recommend its internship programme to any budding Product or Graphic Design student. My advice to future applicants – as well as being hard working and friendly, they really like it if you’re good at table football.
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