Meet Our Newest Intern

BY Taylor Rebhan

As our partnership with The College for Creative Studies is always growing, so is our team of Shinola Interns. Meet Meg Jannott, an avid photographer and our newest graphic designer. We gave her the same shakedown as Zach.

Where are you from?

I’ve spent most of my life in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and I currently live in Detroit.

Tell us about your time at CCS thus far?

There aren’t words to express how much I love CCS. Sure, sometimes the work is tedious and the hours are long, but I really couldn’t have asked for a better college education. I am a graphic design major with a photo minor and I’m graduating in December 2012. One of the best things about CCS to me is the community aspect of it. The classes are small so you get to know everyone as designers, and by the time you graduate you have a network of people you can collaborate with or even just get creative insight from (which is always useful).

How did you first get involved with Shinola?

Shinola sponsored a graphics design class in which we were asked to create/design the Shinola branding. This means the logo, website, collateral items—a unified system. We gave several presentations over the semester and at the end of the class, there was a first, second and third place. My group received first. My graphics design department chair and mentor mentioned to me that Shinola might be looking for summer interns and as you could say- the rest is history. 

What was the most exciting project you’ve worked on thus far?

This may sound cheesy, but I’ve really liked working on them all. I’ve gotten to work on other brands besides Shinola and that’s been really amazing as well. I really appreciate that with most of the projects I’m given- there is creative freedom. I’ve also gotten to implement my photography skills here as well- I’ve photographed bikes, watches and other Shinola products. I feel like I’m getting a chance to work on a little of everything- which I really appreciate, because I like to be busy and working on different things. 

What products are you looking forward to?

I’m really looking forward to the watches and the leather MacBook envelopes.

Best part about living in Detroit?

Detroit is great—it’s thriving and I’m excited to be a part of it. I live less than 10 minutes from downtown in a house with one of my friends from school, and it’s wonderful. I haven’t had much free time during school which has been a downside to taking about 5 classes every semester and working as a designer, but hopefully this semester with only two classes- I can make up for it! 🙂

Where do you see yourself after graduating from CCS?

I see myself loving what I do as much as I do now. I like being excited to go to work and I like that I become invested in any project I’m working on. That’s how it should be, right? I’ve really had a truly fantastic experience here at Shinola and I’m excited to see what happens next. 


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