After completing a marketing degree at Strathclyde University, Paula worked in a cake factory before joining Front Page in 2015, though unfortunately for us, her expertise was in the office, not the kitchen.

What a difference a year makes

Mar 21st, 2016

I joined the Front Page team in March of last year after 4-and-a-half months working in the office of a cake factory. While the constant aroma of salted caramel and chocolate can be alluring for a short time, I didn’t feel that cake forecasting (yes, that’s a real thing) was really for me.

The last 12 months have gone in a flash. I’m no longer the newbie and, in reflection, I’ve learned quite a lot. Here are the top 5 things I’ve learned so far working at Front Page.

  1. A LOT of new acronyms.

UX, HTML, editable PDF, layered PSD. For the first few months I was throwing these phrases about without having a clue what I was actually asking for, but low and behold, a year on, I seem to actually know what I’m asking for. I know that a PSD is a Photoshop document, UX stands for user experience, and most importantly a ‘whip’ meeting is actually a WIP (Work In Progress) meeting.

  1. Fonts are kind of a big deal

Do not dare to utter the words ‘comic sans’ around here unless you want to face the wrath of any designers who happen to be sitting nearby. With an estimated 200,000 fonts out there to choose from, selecting the correct one is crucial to the success of any design project. Don’t believe me? Some of the most iconic brands can be recognised simply by one of the letters in their logo. Show someone the ‘C’ from the coca cola logo (which is Spencerian Script in case you were wondering), and chances are, they’d be able to tell you which logo it came from.

  1. The benefits of having ‘furry colleagues’ in the office

Everyone has the same reaction when they find out we have dogs in the studio—“how do you ever get any work done?” Surprisingly, they aren’t as much of a distraction as you’d think. Stan is always the happiest one coming into work on a Monday morning, and watching that little guy run around the room saying ‘hello’ to everyone, you can’t help but smile. There’s no doubt that they boost morale in the studio (as long as you haven’t been hit in the face with one of Stan’s balls that is), and having a quick game of fetch or a 5 minute timeout to rub Stella’s belly is a great way to de-stress if you’re having a bad day.

  1. How to code

Okay, so I haven’t really learned how to code, but I did add a line of HTML when uploading the last post I wrote for the blog. It was pretty cool to see how the whole formatting of the page could change with just a few extra lines, and I have a new-found respect for the digital team who work with HTML every day.

  1. We amount to more than the sum of our parts

I don’t want to get all cheesy on you now, but it’s great to see what we can achieve when we all put our minds together, from client projects to the success of our 25th anniversary celebration, to the planning of the upcoming poster project exhibition. With such a range of talents within the building, it’s fascinating to watch a project evolve from a brief, to the all-singing, all-dancing finished article.

So here’s to my first year at Front Page, let’s hope I can learn another five things in the year ahead!

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