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Multimedia Designer

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Last Updated: March, 2011

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Designs graphics and visual presentations for computer based multimedia applications.


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The designer works to a brief from a client, or for an in-house project. The brief is the specification of the type of design required and how the finished product should appear, what its purpose is, who it is to target or appeal to, when the deadline is and what the budgetary limitations are.  
 
Designers will try to create the most visually interesting, appealing and relevant design for its purpose/intended use. Initially the designer must liaise with, and discuss concepts with the client and/or Project Manager.  
 
A storyboard design represents on paper how the project will look when complete, indicating colours, position of text, headings, logo, etc. If the design is accepted the designer proceeds with the final artwork for multimedia applications.  
 
Designers use computers at all stages of the design process.  
 
Producing a multimedia product is a team effort. Writers, artists, graphic designers, animators and sound engineers make the content of the files. The multimedia designer plays a vital role in translating this information into a language that the computer can understand.  
 
Everyone works very closely together under the direction of a producer. As the work progresses, they attend meetings to discuss what has been achieved and sort out problems.


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Create two-dimensional and three-dimensional images depicting objects in motion or illustrating a process, using computer animation or modeling programs.

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Design complex graphics and animation, using independent judgment, creativity, and computer equipment.

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Make objects or characters appear lifelike by manipulating light, color, texture, shadow, and transparency, or manipulating static images to give the illusion of motion.

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Apply story development, directing, cinematography, and editing to animation to create storyboards that show the flow of the animation and map out key scenes and characters.

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Participate in design and production of multimedia campaigns, handling budgeting and scheduling, and assisting with such responsibilities as production coordination, background design and progress tracking.

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Create basic designs, drawings, and illustrations for product labels, cartons, direct mail, or television.

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Develop briefings, brochures, multimedia presentations, web pages, promotional products, technical illustrations, and computer artwork for use in products, technical manuals, literature, newsletters and slide shows.

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Script, plan, and create animated narrative sequences under tight deadlines, using computer software and hand drawing techniques.

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Implement and maintain configuration control systems.

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Assemble, typeset, scan and produce digital camera-ready art or film negatives and printer's proofs.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Interacting With Computers: Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization: Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Analyzing Data or Information: Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.


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Communications and Media: Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

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Design: Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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Fine Arts: Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

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Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Designers need to be commercially aware, and have the ability to plan and manage jobs, particularly those that choose to operate on a freelance basis.  
 
Most commonly, employers look for qualified and experienced creative designers with relevant technical aptitude or qualification. Emphasis is also placed on working as part of a project team. Communication with fellow team members and with clients or client organisations is very important.  
 
Good communications skills are essential as Designers must liaise closely with many other professionals. Flexibility and adaptability are also necessary personal attributes. Designers must fit in with the needs of the organisation and its customers, and this could involve working long hours in order to meet project deadlines.  
 
A willingness to learn and develop your knowledge is also important as the technology and industry is constantly changing and improving and you will need to keep up-to-date with latest developments.  
 
Travel to meet with clients and suppliers may be necessary.


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Organisation: Institute of Designers in Ireland
Address: The Digital Hub, Roe Lane, Thomas St., Dublin 8
Tel: (01) 489 3650
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