Helpful Questions

Can I contact you for school research?

Please don’t send a list of questions for us to answer via email. As much as we would love to answer all questions that come our way, questions like “what is your design philosophy?” can be incredibly time consuming to answer. Please check out publications and books we’ve been in at your school library for more detailed information.
Here are a few articles that may help:
Step Magazine
Computer Arts Magazine
Matiz Magazine

Can I get samples of your work, press kit, or marketing materials?

Unfortunately, we do not have materials we are able to send to students.

Do you schedule portfolio reviews?

Occasionally. It’s extremely difficult for us to do many as we are only a handful of people. It really depends on how busy we are at the moment.

Do you accept interns? And what is your review process?

Yes, we are always looking for a good intern. We don’t have a formal application process, we just view work samples and resumes, then schedule to meet or talk over the phone – time permitting. We look closely at work samples, but more importantly we look for a good fit personality-wise. If you’re interested, just send us a link to your work on-line (or send non-returnable samples), your resume, when you want to intern and what you expect from the experience. We try to respond to each inquiry, but it’s not always possible. If you choose to email samples in PDF format, please keep files under 2 MB. Anything larger will automatically be deleted.

What do you look for in an intern?

  • A good design sense
  • Ability or willingness to illustrate
  • Moderate proficiency in required applications
  • Ability to handle criticism
  • Ability to handle criticism
  • Ability to handle criticism
  • Willingness to happily do non-design work
  • Ability to work with others
  • Ability to laugh convincingly at dumb jokes
  • High level of professionalism
  • Ability to handle criticism

Do you pay your interns?

We prefer to work with your school so that you may earn credit. If that’s not possible, we pay a small stipend at the end of the internship based on the amount of time spent in the studio. We don’t do an hourly pay, and length of internships vary.

What type of projects do interns work on?

Interns work on the same things we do. Which means everything from taking out the garbage to designing logos for cool clients, to preparing files for production and cleaning the office for important meetings.

Can I show the work I do while interning at Modern Dog?

Yes!! But wait!! We give full credit to interns for any design work they do while working at Modern Dog. The copyright of the work is retained with Modern Dog Design Company, but with our permission, and as long as the work is credited properly, you may show it in your portfolio. Work may also be shown digitally, as long as it’s for your own personal website or promotion. If you decide to intern here, you’ll get more specific information once you are hired.

What kind of programs should I be familiar with if I want to work at Modern Dog?

Required programs: Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. And if you know any html, css, javascript, php, mySql, or Flash, that’s a huge plus! Also, it’s extremely helpful if you have your own laptop (Mac of course!), as everyone in the office works on one and we don’t have spares hanging around. Unless you want to work on a 1998 G3 (nerd giggle).

What’s the best way to contact Modern Dog?

If you’re not a client or potential client, email is always best. We’re just too small to handle unscheduled phone calls.

Common Questions

How did you get started?

Robynne and Michael met while in college at Western Washington University, where they were both taking graphic design courses and they also both worked at the college radio station, KUGS. In 1986 after college, Robynne got a job in design production at a place called “Art Attack” while Michael worked as sole designer/production manager at an exhibit design company called Exhibits NW. But they really wanted to do more as graphic designers. Although they showed their individual portfolios around, neither could get a job as a graphic designer, so they took whatever freelance work they could get – mostly smallish jobs from WWU. At that time, there was a thriving theatre poster culture happening in Seattle with designers like Dale Yarger, Art Chantry, Jesse Reyes and others. Robynne and Michael, wanting a piece of that action, started going after theaters begging for free jobs whatever they had to offer. Eventually work started flowing and it became time to start an actual company. For about 2 weeks, they went as Raye Strassburger Design. But that felt so much like a law firm they decided to call themselves Modern Dog.

Where did you get the name, ‘Modern Dog?’

While driving around one day we saw a dog-grooming sign that had a funky drawing of a dog on it. It looked like it was drawn by the owners’ kid. I said, “Look at that modern dog,” – to which Robynne replied, “Hey, let’s call our company Modern Dog!” It may seem silly now but at the time companies didn’t have names like that – so it was quite risky. But for some reason it just really felt right so we went with it come hell or high water.