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Our first Springtern of the year, Tom Kirk, came for one week – and stayed for two. Here’s his account of the fortnight.

Tom's airborne selfie

My first task as a ‘Springtern’ was to the capture the essence of Southwold in a series of photographic studies. The sunny weather provided the perfect backdrop for the shoot, allowing me to explore the multi-coloured beach huts, cliff top canons and rustic pubs – a few of the picturesque sites within the seaside town. Some of these photos have since been used on Spring’s new website.

Later that afternoon, I was lucky enough to accompany Simon on an aerial photo-shoot over central London.

The airfield was situated in Essex, a 15-minute helicopter ride into the heart of the city. After strapping myself securely into the front passenger seat and briefed on the dos and don’ts by the pilot (in other words, don’t touch anything) we began to take off. Before I knew it, we were hovering over Buckingham Palace with Simon hanging out of the helicopter door – all in a day’s work for a Springer.

The two-hour flight flew by, and as the sun began to set behind the skyline we returned to the airfield. The whole experience was unforgettable and an amazing way to view the capital – an opportunity for which I am very grateful.

The next day I visited Marriages, a family-run flour miller in Chelmsford. Along with Nikki and Bex, I was able to sit in on a meeting to discuss the new packaging design for their flour. It was interesting to see how much detail and consideration goes into the different elements of product design, with fonts, colours and illustrations determining how products are presented to the customer.

Towards the end of my first week, I was briefed on Spring’s latest tourist destination project – a recommendation to the tourist board of Morocco, no less!

As part of the proposal, my task was to use my skills as an architecture undergraduate to help in the design of an exhibition space. My knowledge of SketchUp enabled me to create a computer model to visualise the 2D graphics into three-dimensional forms. Taking elements of the Moroccan tile, I designed an archway and curving wall structure that would be used as advertising space within the exhibition.

The second week focused upon the The Fox Trust, a charity organisation within Southwold. After being briefed on the organisation and the desires of the client, I was able to get stuck into work on a new brochure for them. I enjoyed the experience of working on a real life project, considering the needs of the client within my design.

My final task as a Springtern came with the responsibility of delivering the final, bound proposal to the Moroccan tourist office in Regent Street, London – with a 5:30pm deadline. Before the documents were sealed and delivered, they needed to be proofed. Bex and I visited Micropress where we were able to observe the printing and binding process, adding front and back covers to the final print. I was fascinated by the whole process and was amazed by the machinery within the warehouse. Once the final documents had been approved, they were sealed and I jumped onto the train  with them, delivered two hours later.

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My two weeks at Spring have inspired me to pursue a design career and I am looking forward to continuing my journey after university. I’d like to thank all of the Springers for making me feel so welcome and giving me such a great experience – I’ll look forward to seeing you all again soon!

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