Over the Easter holidays I spent two insightful weeks working for Bright Red – Scotland’s leading independent educational publishers and home of top study guides for SQA Past Papers and Answers. I arrived at an extremely busy time; the fortnight before they were due to move premises, so initially I thought a lot of box-packing would be coming my way… but luckily for me, this was not the case.
Easter was in fact a very exciting time to get on board with the team. During my first week, Bright Red launched Scotland’s first ever revision app; ‘B-Ready’ just in time for students preparing for their SQA exams. This innovative ‘real time revision ticker’ delivered vital subject information straight to the student’s smart phone or tablet, so that they could revise at anytime, anyplace and anywhere. As it was all systems go, I spent my first few days writing copy for the app content from study guides, such as introductory subject handy hints and revision tips. I was then taught how to upload and schedule the app release via the digital platform Google Play.
Challenged with producing an interactive learning device right away, I witnessed the impact of the digital age on the publishing industry as a whole whilst on placement. I am so grateful for the invaluable one to one teaching I received from Bright Red when working on the app release, as this experience has strengthened my knowledge of digital platforms and therefore enhanced my CV.
Other exciting duties I carried out included compiling an illustration and photo list for an N5 Computing study guide, sourcing royalty free images and writing the monthly Newsletter on an email marketing provider called MailChimp.
Everyone at Bright Red were so welcoming and concerned with what I personally wanted to gain from my placement. As I mentioned my interest in Design, they arranged for me to meet with their freelance Designer Caleb, who kindly spent time discussing the development of the Bright Red logo and various creative decisions behind study guide jacket designs.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Bright Red. Amidst the hard work there were frequent tea breaks and an end of the week treat – Fish and Chip Fridays. I would recommend this placement to anyone interested in gaining an insight into a small educational publishing house and would like to extend my thanks to Rosie Howie, Alan Grierson, John MacPherson and Richard Bass for making my work experience so worthwhile.