Ayan Daniels: 6-Month Status Update
People’s Liberty is not afraid of a good catch phrase. From “The future is determined by those who get involved” to “#WWYD100K” the team loves all things quotable (Seriously, check out any of our swag). As one of the first residents, I may be biased, but “not your average internship” has become my personal favorite.
Since beginning my career as a designer, I’ve been fortunate enough to intern at several companies in major cities around the US. I have fond memories of discovering my love for color in Manhattan and eating ridiculous amounts of pizza in Chicago. These experiences shaped my interpretation of the internship experience. An intern grows professionally during the day and experiences the city separately at night.
People’s Liberty doesn’t have this distinction. Residents learn by doing, living, and investigating. As your work impacts Cincinnati, Cincinnati will impact your work. Instead of having a critique over email, expect to head to Findlay Market for design discussions over crepes. Forget guessing how your incredibly specific shade of blue will look against natural cardstock. We’re taking a trip to Cryptogram to figure it out in person. You won’t need to schedule a meeting with your supervisor to get advice. Talking with Megan and Kate about design, life, or the best viral videos is a regular occurrence over morning coffee.
As an intern, you may expect to be running errands or pixel pushing. However, at People’s Liberty, everyone’s opinions are welcome and invaluable. It may sound cliché, but the office in the heart of OTR feels like home. It’s impossible to forget how awesome Cincinnati is, when a peek out of the window overlooking Elm Street is the perfect reminder.
As a Cincinnati native, I was pretty sure I knew about everything happening in the area. However, the residency shifted my perspective on my hometown. Before joining the program, I believed the community for visionaries was solely in the West Coast and vibrant culture in the East. But our Midwest City captures both and is poised to become much more. People’s Liberty residents have the opportunity to help define the future, and shape the world’s perspective of Cincinnati. We often see cities based on how it will impact our lives.But residents push to disrupt the status quo and drive innovation within Cincinnati. After all, innovation must be disruptive.
Applications for the Spring 2015 residency are open now through December 15, 2014. Please submit your applications and inquiries to email@example.com