Essential is excited to announce the beginning of our fourth year hosting an intern through Youth Design, a summer mentorship program that introduces inner-city youth to careers in the Boston design profession. Dashaun Johnson, a rising senior at Brighton High School, has a knack for Adobe Illustrator, a passion for graphic design, and his finger on the pulse of the latest trends in all things sneakers. He brings fresh eyes and enthusiasm to our team as he is introduced to the world of design consulting through the designers at Essential. During his time with us, Dashaun will be exposed to the range of services offered at Essential. We hope that his experience at Essential guides and prepares him as he begins to think about what he wants to study in college.

While getting geared up for the 2015 Youth Design mentorship, we enjoyed reflecting on last summer’s experience with Daniel Smelansky, a highly motivated intern who will begin college this fall at Mass College of Art and Design. Over the course of the summer, Daniel shared the story of the people and the culture of Essential through a video that expresses the vibrant and dynamic studio environment.

Check out Daniel’s video, “A Day in the Life of Essential”.