It’s crazy to think that this will be my final post. It marks the end of my Practicum and the end of my time at IDEA. In honour of this I thought I would do something special and ask the lovely people of Porchlight Press some questions.
Felicity (Printing Supervisor and Printer):
What attracted you to the industry in the first place? I’d like to say genetics, my family owns a letterpress, Barbarian Press and I grew up around it.
What kind of training did you do for it? I had a mentor for the first year that I worked here. Otherwise I just acquired knowledge I didn’t have any formal training.
What do you love most about working here? I love the Industry. The fast paced, high-energy atmosphere that comes with commercial printing. And then the craft associated with letterpress printing.
What advice do you have for students about to graduate from a Design School? I would encourage any designer to acquaint themselves with the different printing mediums. The biggest challenge is when designers come in who don’t know the limitations or strengths of letterpress. Sometimes we get design jobs that makes me wonder why they ever chose letterpress, it could have looked way better offset printed for example.
Michael (Estimates and Design):
Did you or would you ever consider a different career? No, I think if I ever had to do something different it would still be design related or I would be making something and expressing myself creatively.
How do you overcome creative block? I find that stepping away from the project is the best way to overcome creative block. Just doing something differently, maybe going outside. Putting that distance between you and the project gives your mind that space to look at things differently when you come back to it.
What is the best advice that you ever received in your graphic design career? After you’re done proofing something proof it again. Proof it 4 times! It’s never a waste to redundantly check your work. We always get work that has errors in it and it creates such a hassle, it’s also just unprofessional.
When you graduated the did you feel prepared to work in your field? Are you working in the field you’re studying? Why/ why not? No. I graduated for Emily Carr and they don’t really set you up for real life. We only one class dealing with business skills/ life after university and it definitely wasn’t enough. I was also a painting major so unless you’re picked up by a gallery there isn’t really anything for you, they also didn’t show you how to make that happen. On the job experience like you’re having would definitely have helped!
What attracted you to the industry in the first place? Just a class offered at school. I worked on a VanderCook and loved it. It also seemed like there was a greater chance of getting a job.
What advice do you have for graduates wanting to break into the industry? Bang on the doors of the place you want to work. Go and make those connections. Letterpress especially is a small industry, everybody knows everybody. Volunteer at places and gain their knowledge. Be persistent and deliberate.