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My work experience week at Atomic Smash – Tom

Words byMegan HowellOctober 26, 2018

Tom's work experience at Atomic Smash

What was it like to spend the week at Atomic Smash?

My week here at Atomic Smash has been an amazing learning experience and great fun too. I came wanting to improve my layout skills and learn anything relevant to design or illustration and I feel I have improved in both. I worked closely with Ben the designer, who was really helpful both in terms of technical design skills and tips to improve my software proficiency. I was given very relevant and interesting tasks that made me feel like I was really contributing to the team.


The people here are the friendliest people you’re likely to meet and have a great sense of humour, the working environment was ideal and balanced focus and productivity with a fun, positive vibe. Everyone seemed very interested in what I was doing, often asking questions and helping me where I needed it, they were also very eager to share what they were working on which was both interesting and helpful to understand.


As individuals as well as a company I feel as though everyone really put thought into my development and how they could help me in my career path. They told me about lots of people they knew who were relevant to my progress and I who could potentially get in touch with, which is great as knowing successful people in your industry is one of the most valuable things you can do.

What was the highlight of your week?

The highlight of my week was designing a branded document template that the team can use to quickly layout information for clients, in their own brand style. This was exactly the kind of thing I wanted to work on as I had to think about my use of composition, colour and typography in relation to each other in a modern design context. Doing this definitely helped developed my design skills and helped me understand how to give my designs a more professional look and feel. The team checked in on me regularly to make sure I was on the right path and to tell me where I needed to make changes to fit their requirements.

Has anything surprised you about working with a designer?

No, I think the experience was exactly what I hoped it would be – which is a good thing. Everything I love about design and creativity applies to working here at Atomic Smash.

What was the most valuable thing you learned?

One of the first things I did here was get to know the web design program Sketch. I have previously done design work for web and mobile in Illustrator and InDesign however I now know that Sketch is a lot better suited for designs meant specifically for web or mobile and also have a good understanding of how to use it. This will be very helpful in future if I find myself working with web or app design. 

What are the next steps for you?

I have a few more great places in mind that I would love to do some work with and who I feel I could learn a lot from. Apart from this I aim to continue working hard to improve my skills and portfolio, continuing to pick up as many small freelance jobs as I can along the way until I eventually find my place as a professional in the creative industry.

Do you have any advice for someone who is looking for a placement or work experience?

  • Don’t be afraid to ask a company for a placement, even if they’re not advertising an offer.
  • Make friends, connections to lots of people in your industry opens so many opportunities.
  • Investigate loosely related companies. Even if it’s not exactly what you’re looking for they might still have expertise in your field.
  • Think about what you can do for them as well as what they can teach you. This makes all parties happier.
  • Try to demonstrate your passion for your subject, this makes you more appealing to work with.

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Megan works closely with our clients to understand their goals and users' needs to deliver empathy driven projects here in the studio.

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