To say I was fangirling over Madhouse before I was hired as an intern would be an understatement. Hi, I’m Swetha and I am a UI/UX designer in the School of Information at the University of Michigan.
As a rising junior, the past couple of years of college have been a rollercoaster ride and finding out my interests was the hardest task. My passion for design and understanding of the user experience is relatively new to me, so I was extremely daunted by a hands-on internship, let alone one at a studio as experienced and amazing at design as Madhouse. But I am happy to say that the feeling of impending doom has passed and I am so incredibly grateful that I got this opportunity to step out of my comfort zone at Madhouse.
From the first week, I was given the opportunity to sit in on client meetings and share my thoughts about a user’s experience on projects with everyone involved. As a student with a newfound interest in website development, I was really scared to make design decisions. But this feeling passed very quickly as I was encouraged to make choices, even if they bordered on definite design don’ts.
From this encouragement came constructive criticism, and infinite mentorship on how to use different techniques and platforms to create everything from site maps to small animations. The amount of knowledge I have gained is unparalleled to anything I have experienced and I cannot be more grateful.