04 Apr 2019

Summer internships are open

We're committed to helping the next generation of digital superstars get a foothold in the industry, so each year we offer a paid internship scheme, and we've just launched our summer 2019 programme. If you're thinking of applying, please check out our careers page to see what's on offer.

We interviewed super-talented design student Léna Paleczny about her experience of moving over from l'Ecole de Design in France to join our Creative Team in London for her placement.

What made you want to work with us?

Since I only had work experience in a really small design agency in Nantes, I wanted to take advantage of this new 4-month internship to discover how a larger award winning agency works. It was also a way to work with a full team, from Project Managers to Developers.

I got really enthusiastic looking at Catch clients: Bodyshop, SES, Vistaprint. But what really made me want to send my resume was to see that they were carrying their own projects driven by the willing to design intuitive and user-friendly services.

What also made me want to work with Catch is the fun atmosphere. One of the biggest clichés about British people is their awful sense of humor. Then I discovered the Game of Thrones chatbot and I felt relieved: Catch took time to design a pop culture based service and even made it funny and useful. 

What did you work on?

During those 4 months, I had the chance to work on a new SaaS product, including UI, UX and data visualization. I also worked for the world-leading satellite operator SES, re-designing a 3D platform to discover the coverage of SES satellites.

I was also trusted to add my creative touch to other projects like Bodyshop, Vistaprint, University of Salford.

What did you learn?

Because of the great diversity of projects I have worked on, I improved a lot of different skills like UI, a lot of UX, but also data visualization, interaction design, animations etc. The Catch team gave me the opportunity to present my work directly to clients, teaching me useful tips on how to go showcase my work.

As a French native, I also learned a lot about British culture and British daily expressions, we even created a collection of professional lingo.

What was it like being in the studio?

The team always makes your work days funnier, without giving up on efficiency. Friday catch ups are the best: you discover what everyone has been working on during the week, with some Prosecco and vinegar crisps.

What was the highlight?

The Christmas party of course! The Catch team never miss an opportunity to enjoy great food and handmade cocktails. 

What’s next?

2019 is going to be busy: I will continue my Master's degree working on Tangible Interfaces at l'Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique. After my studies, I am willing to begin my career as a UI/UX designer and work with teams as great and open-minded as Catch!

01 Apr 2019

Drupal, beer & pizza

We had a great time hosting Drupal Show & Tell last Thursday, the first of a series of events in our wonderful new studio on Great Pulteney Street.

We had the largest turnout in recent times for Drupal Show & Tell, so thanks to everyone for coming down and making the event a great success.

The first talk was from our own development team entitled "Reacting to progressively decoupled Drupal". Gary, Alberto, George and Liam talked through how we are using React components powered by Drupal content, within Drupal sites, to deliver a more immersive UI for end users.

The second talk was "How Invotra leveraged Drupal to build the world's best intranet SaaS product" by Billy Clackers & Nqobile Dube from Invotra. Billy spoke about UX/functional/content and Nqobile discussed infrastructural and performance/scaling challenges.

To get in involved in future Drupal Show & Tell events visit www.meetup.com/drupal-show-and-tell

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