We've welcomed 2 students to Netbiz HQ so far, here's a sneak peak of how the project is progressing!


As we enter the second week of our partnership with Newcastle College, part of Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group (NSCG), we thought we’d share an update about how the project is progressing so far! This is an exciting time for all involved and we’re absolutely thrilled to be providing a meaningful work placement for the next generation of digital creatives. So far we’ve welcomed two students to the Netbiz studio, Charlotte in Week 1 and Jess in Week 2. Although we’re only two weeks into the project, we’re already incredibly excited to see the project developing from a set client brief through to a carefully planned and executed online presence.

The Project So Far…

To recap, the partnership is currently running throughout November and will see a group of students visiting Netbiz HQ to gain a real, hands-on insight into working within a fast paced digital agency. In addition to this, each student will walk away from the project with the experience of working on a live brief, from the initial concept through to the completion.

The brief in question is to develop a new online luxury jewellery brand. Together the students need to work on logo concepts and web design ideas in addition to developing a range of digital marketing resources, including assets for social media marketing and email marketing templates. In addition to testing their technical and creative skills, the project will also highlight the importance of being able to communicate effectively as a team to ensure that the clients expectations are met on time. With the project running throughout November, each student will gain valuable experience touching upon various aspects of life within a digital agency, from putting together design concepts, to problem solving, project management and client management.

Week 1 – A Day in the Life of a Graphic Designer… Charlotte established the style and branding for the site!

In week 1, Charlotte visited the Netbiz studio to research and set out an initial style for the site and the marketing assets. This included completing some brand research, experimenting with logo designs and colour schemes – all of which had to of course meet the clients brief. Here Charlotte had to think carefully about the overall brand image to ensure that the end project meets the clients expectations whilst also appealing to the brands target audience. Not only does the style of the site need to be aesthetically pleasing, but it also needs to reflect the brands personality and values whilst also remaining consistent.

NULC Partnership Week1

Week 2 – Jess put the foundations in place, setting up the internals of the site!

Once the style had been outlined, we then welcomed our second student to the studio, Jess. In week 2 Jess faced the task of carefully building the internals of the website, working with the style set by Charlotte to create a responsive framework in photoshop. Here Jess worked on the templates for the typography, forms, buttons, navigation and other interface components.

NULC Week 2

With three more students left to visit Netbiz HQ, we can’t wait to see how the project will develop as the team work together to bring the initial brief to life. We’ll be documenting the project throughout, so follow us on Twitter at @netbizgroup to see how the project turns out!

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