Design and Day Old Cookies

written by Nicole Regnier

As nervous as any student is when receiving their location for work placement, I was also completely jazzed to be placed at Manoverboard. I knew I really lucked out by being given the opportunity to be mentored by Andrew Boardman. I knew it would be the perfect learning environment for me.

The three weeks that I spent at Manoverboard were truly not disappointing. Andrew assigned me with relevant and serious jobs within the first day of working with the team which was flattering. My first project was to revamp the logo of a local organization called LITE, that provides job opportunities within Winnipeg to help local economic development. I also got to design a few wireframes, another logo design, and icon designs for the Mikva Challenge website. Dan and Nikki also demonstrated how they develop a website using WordPress, which was completely foreign to me and I’m completely grateful that they took the time out of their busy day to show me the software. Dan even assigned small tasks using WordPress, like updating the content of a website. I really appreciated this assignment because it allowed me to explore and become more comfortable with WordPress and I knew not many design studios would have taken the time to teach me a new skill.

While I was at Manoverboard, I noticed that the team has this wonderful system of co-designing where they offer each other feedback and advice on one another’s designs. This system often leads to a great design solution, collaborated by the Manoverboard team. This ensures the clients are given the best design solution as well as challenges the designers. As a designer, it’s easy to be set in your ways, but Andrew and his team are open minded and are constantly looking for an opportunity to challenge their skills.

I truly enjoyed my time with the team at Manoverboard. They made me feel welcome, as if I have always been a part of the team for years. It was thrilling to work alongside a kind and light-hearted group of people. I have never seen anyone appreciate day old cookies – or just cookies in general so much before.

It was an absolute pleasure and honour to be given the opportunity to have met this lovely team, let alone to have worked with them.

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