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How to guide an employee to improve his graphic design ablilties?

So it seems to me like you've spotted someone who has great potential, but that potential is not currently fitting your needs completely and you need to partly delegate his training. I can understand ...
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What are some of the highly skilled, niche areas in the graphic design industry?

I think you're asking about niche sub-fields with in the world of graphic design? Off the top of my head: Typeface designer (it's an incredibly small industry, albeit one that doesn't make many ...
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How to guide an employee to improve his graphic design ablilties?

The answer may lie in the difference between formative and summative assessment — the kind of feedback your employee requires to advance. Note: In the pedagogical feedback theory suggested below, ...
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How to guide an employee to improve his graphic design ablilties?

Normally when you hire somebody it is to delegate some tasks so you don't need to get involved in everything personally. Now as this designer is clearly a junior, as energetic as he may be, this takes ...
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Is motion/animation part of graphic design?

Traditionally, no. Animation has a long history and was not considered graphic design, much like say film or TV production. However, mediums are merging. There is no longer a huge technical and ...
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Specialization in Graphic Design - niche vs. generalist

It certainly can't hurt. If you are in a lull and have free time, why not expand your skills? Here is my story and reason for saying "Go for it." I started much like you--design only. I went to an ...
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What are some of the highly skilled, niche areas in the graphic design industry?

The recruiters in Sydney sometimes find it hard to find good packaging designers - with high level press/ink knowledge. Often niche requirements (to get selected) you will have to need alot of ...
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Unique opportunities for Electrical Engineers turned into Graphic Designers

I'm a big fan of multidisciplinary work so I really like how you're trying to make the best of both worlds. One potential area that I see is work with conductive inks and hybrid media. As both an ...
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FizzBuzz for graphic designers?

For a recent job opening, we were looking for a web designer. A lot of resumes we were seeing were print focused, lots of Adobe experience, and maybe they took a web class a year ago. The test I ...
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Is motion/animation part of graphic design?

In my opinion, the specific realm of Motion Graphics, yes, it is a specialization of Graphic Design. I would put it in the same category as Print Design Web Design Motion Graphics Because the main ...
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Specialization in Graphic Design - niche vs. generalist

I agree with Manly. By all means, have a niche that you are awesome at, but in our industry, generalization can be helpful. I spent 10+ years in print design, but I did whatever I could to learn basic ...
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How do I learn to be creative?

Others have pointed you in the right direction—look at other people's designs a lot. Take note of the subtle details and your mind will do the rest of the work. You will start "coming up" with your ...
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How can a junior developer switch career path to design while still earning?

First, don't give up and don't think you're stuck in what you're doing now! I don't know what I can suggest you about your present job but maybe you're taking too much on your own. It's not healthy ...
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Unique opportunities for Electrical Engineers turned into Graphic Designers

First, my background. I studied a couple of years of Mechanical Engineering before changing my career to graphic design. Although I was making visual things since I was like 8 years old and worked in ...
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Is motion/animation part of graphic design?

To figure out if something fits under "graphic design", think "does X directly affect graphics/visuals?". If the answer is "yes", then it's related to graphic design. So yes, animation is within the ...
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Specialization in Graphic Design - niche vs. generalist

Multi-skill every time. I sussed this at university (Hons graphic design & illustration) working in a print room. Three good reasons (there are many more): 1) You don't work in a bubble or the ...
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How to guide an employee to improve his graphic design ablilties?

You hired a junior too early. It sounds like you needed a senior in there with more experience. He maybe a good designer which is great but he lack may experience that a senior will have like ...
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Is motion/animation part of graphic design?

Animation an motion are technique and medium. Whether that is a "part" of graphic design or not depends on how it is being used. It's like asking "is print a part of graphic design"... sure it is, and ...
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Which are the skills and digital skills related to Graphic Design that should be included in a resume?

You must have something which shows without any doubts you can do high quality creative work. No skill lists will do it nor certificates. Driver's license shows that you have proven to be able to ...
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Unique opportunities for Electrical Engineers turned into Graphic Designers

Data visualization often requires a skill set that intersects with any science backgrounds. Since you were undoubtedly trained into using something like Matlab it can give you a serious leg up when it ...
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Unique opportunities for Electrical Engineers turned into Graphic Designers

Probably not possible in a specific or common way. Many people can fix cars and play the piano and go do the 3k marathon swimming and cycling, while their day job is in real estate. That doesn't mean ...
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How to master a typeface?

Be sure you choose typefaces complete enough to use well. You'll need weights, widths, and complete character-sets–––glyphs, serifs and sans serifs. You'll need roman, italics, upper and lower case ...
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How to master a typeface?

Practice Get a typeface you want to master and make it an exercise out of applying it everywhere, see how it fits in an existing piece. Logos, illustrations, signage, book covers, packaging, you name ...
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Is motion/animation part of graphic design?

As someone who does graphic design work for architectural, engineering and construction companies, I would argue the overarching definition for all of the different modalities and skills that have ...
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What are some of the highly skilled, niche areas in the graphic design industry?

Unlike, engineering design fields there is much less need for "maintenance" graphic design. It is also quite rare that legacy data can not be converted to a newer format. Therefore there are less ...
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