In Summary - Multimedia Designer
Multimedia Designers typically work in the following Career Sectors:
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Ronan Doherty, Web Developer
Ronan works as a Designer and Web Developer for his own company www.ansa.ie. As an Arts and Media Studies graduate from Maynooth University, Ronan's job involves developing and producing websites and its content for various client needs. He has won numerous awards for his work including a recent Spider Award.
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The Work - Multimedia Designer
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.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Create two-dimensional and three-dimensional images depicting objects in motion or illustrating a process, using computer animation or modeling programs.
- Design complex graphics and animation, using independent judgment, creativity, and computer equipment.
- Make objects or characters appear lifelike by manipulating light, color, texture, shadow, and transparency, or manipulating static images to give the illusion of motion.
- 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.
- 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.
- Create basic designs, drawings, and illustrations for product labels, cartons, direct mail, or television.
- 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.
- Script, plan, and create animated narrative sequences under tight deadlines, using computer software and hand drawing techniques.
- Implement and maintain configuration control systems.
- Assemble, typeset, scan and produce digital camera-ready art or film negatives and printer's proofs.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- 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.
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Processing Information Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Interests - Multimedia Designer
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.
Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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.
Entry Requirements - Multimedia Designer
Pay & Salary - Multimedia Designer
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 20k - k
Last Updated: March, 2011
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.