• My First Graphic, Getting There

    July 18, 2007  |  The Times

    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.

  • Second Day at The Times

    July 17, 2007  |  The Times

    Ok, so I said I would update after my first day, but I got home around 8p, and was just too tired to do anything. I forgot what it's like to continuously work for 8 hours a day. It's 9:30p right now, and honestly, I'm ready to pass out.

    My first two days have been interesting, and it's very clear that I have a lot to learn, in terms of visualizing graphics. I have yet to create an actual graphic. Rather I've been sifting through Iraq data, looking for stuff that's interesting, and then putting it in a spreadsheet. I was also given an article to read that could possibly benefit from a graphic, but it turns out that the writer already got some amazing photos and a small map, so that was a no-go.

    I think my strength is R, so I'm going to try to improve (um, learn) mapping in R. I think if I can do that, I will be of much more help. I was asked today if I could do maps, but unfortunately, I've only done very basic things, and the task was time-sensitive. Sigh.

    Am I rambling? I feel like I'm rambling. I need to sleep. But I need to learn R. Alright then.

    On a completely random note, I was able to see Matthew Carter, a master font designer, who has designed fonts like Georgia and Verdana, speak today. I never really put much thought into type faces, but wow, there's a whole lot that goes into it. A lot of subtleties that involve making more text fit on a page without cluttering or techniques to make text easier to read on a newspaper or from a magazine.

    Oh yeah, I also saw my idols -- the IBM Visual Communications lab. I didn't get a chance to talk to them though, but they looked like a friendly bunch.

  • Internship at the New York Times Tomorrow

    July 15, 2007  |  The Times

    Two months flew by in a hurry in between Spring quarter ending and my New York Times internship beginning. I arrived in New York City today and I'm starting at the times tomorrow. For the next 10 weeks, I'm going to be working in the graphics department, and I anticipate it's going to have to be a pretty steep learning curve.

    I don't really know what I'm going to be doing yet, so I've familiarized myself with Adobe Illustrator and Flash and tried to pick up a few more skills in R. Originally, I was thought I was going to become some kind of expert in Illustrator and/or Flash, but after some time with the books, I've got a long a road ahead. Not being so hot in either Illustrator or Flash, I'm a little nervous, but I guess I'll just wait and see.

    Updates on my first day tomorrow.

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