Hey, y’all!

It’s Maren, Fresh’s latest intern from the U.S.! I hail from Texas – in case you hadn’t guessed from the greeting – but I’m just about to finish up my bachelor’s at Michigan State University.

Working at Fresh has been awesome. I’ve learned that Brits can actually stomach instant coffee, that Jo can do a pretty good American accent, and that snow is completely foreign and results in a transit catastrophe. Oh right, and I’ve learned a few things about design as well…

The design team have been particularly helpful in teaching me new Photoshop and Illustrator techniques. I’m already miles ahead of where I was when I came here. I’ve also worked on some cool website concepts, informational icons, and even some logos. I didn’t think I’d get to do nearly this much, but it’s given me a good look at how talented people in the creative field are. I love it!

One of the best things about working at Fresh is the atmosphere. Most jobs I’ve had are stuffy, but everyone here seems to take time to have some fun during the day. We always have music playing, we throw around ideas with each other, and, of course, we take breaks to get candy. I’ve finally figured out how to make a cup of tea. I know, I know–it isn’t supposed to be hard. But when I was first told that British workplaces had tea throughout the day, I expected a regimented thing where you sit down at a round table and cross your legs and have tiny cakes and someone has to make tea in a giant kettle with loose leaves. I was “well chuffed” to find out all I had to do was plug in a kettle and put sugar in some cups. Modern technology is great, isn’t it?

Speaking of modern technology, one of the coolest things I’ve seen while in London is the ‘Brit Insurance Designs of the Year’ at the Design Museum. Finalist designs ranged from political/communication print and fashion design, all the way to product concepts and architecture.

Although all the design stuff I’ve been learning over here is really cool, I don’t think anything can compare with the novelty of British food. I balked at Steak-and-Onion and Prawn Cocktail flavored chips, but now I think they’re alright. I still have not tried Marmite and I highly doubt I will. I have to say, though, I’m beginning to like Heinz beans with a little HP sauce on them. Might have to bring that tradition back home….