My First Graphic, Getting There

Posted to The Times  |  Nathan Yau

So I started on a graphic today, and it might actually be in the paper. I’m pretty excited to see my first graphic published. I won’t say what it is or when until I actually find out if it gets published to save myself from any embarrassment, but nevertheless, cool to think about.

In other news, I got to see a coworker do his stuff with some mapping and what not, whizzing through Adobe Illustrator like it was part of him. His attention to detail and his ability to do it quickly were what impressed me the most. I have a lot to learn and a lot to do.

It’s also comforting to know that previous interns didn’t know any Adobe Illustrator either, so I don’t feel as dumb anymore.

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