1. What exactly is a Digital Media Designer?
Digital Media Design is a tough thing to explain in words, however to put it as bluntly as possible, a digital media designer is the "everyman" of the media department. That is, he/she is trained to do almost any given job or task relating to media as they have a general knowledge of almost all key elements of media creation both audial and visual on multiple platforms which icludes TV, Radio, Internet, Print, and so on.
2. What made you want to be a digital media designer?
It all started way back in 2005: my interests in digital media were sparked while I was in my early teens, thanks to casually browsing and viewing flash animations on Newgrounds in my spare time. After being awed and inspired emensly by the brilliant and hilarious works I had witnessed, I took the first mediarelated course I could find in my GCSE course list (just the one), and knuckled down to persue the knowledge of internet media.
3. What did you do to become one? Do you have a degree?
Two years later after taking up the GSCE media course, and earning the course's distinction marks, I moved swiftly on to college to continue my higher learning in e-media. During this college course, I learned how to properly design, create, and publish my own websites, videos, imagery, and animations, as well as illistate my first webcomic, Rob VS The World. It was during these college years that I began to gain a better knowleage of digital art and practiced it daily though my webcomic and general experimentation. Once again after earning distinction grades on the college course, I moved straight into my university course in Digital Media Design to hone my skills that I picked up from college, and refined them into proffesinal work standards for media companies and related clientel. That brings us up to today, where now I am currently seeking and working for and with clients to bring them. Oh yeah, and I also have a BA Hons in Digital Media Design.
4. What advice would you give to someone just starting out?
Get out there and meet folks. There is nothing more important than meeting people and making good connections. At the same time, don't expect to ride the coattails of anyone else's success. Work hard to refine your craft and share your journey. You don't have to be a good writer or anything, but I've found that keeping a journal is a great way to reflect on what you're learning. Don't listen to the voice inside you that screams it can't be done. Remember that there will always be those ahead of you and those behind you. So don't be too hard on yourself. Be humble with whatever success your receive. The more you recognize your talents as a gift the better off you'll be. And when you start to feel like you've learned a thing or two please share your knowledge with others. Chances are there's someone else out there who needs to hear what you've learned.
5. Where do you find your inspiration?
Sometimes it's just the little things in life that I find to be a great source of insparation, but what I mostly look for is the split second spurs of spontanious action, ones you may not even know you or someone else is commiting to, those are the actions I seek out in everyday life, and capture in one form or another. Whatever you do, don't blink, blink and you'll miss them. It could be a couple playfulling sharing a moment with eachother, it might be something perculiar you spot on the walk home from work, or it might be as common as finding shapes in the clouds. Don't ever let anyone tell you you can't do or become something you want to be.
6. What tools do you use to help you create?
- Sketchbooks: Always keep some paper handy in case something comes up while you're out and about.
- Pens/Pencils: Have a good sharp pencil on you at all times, as well as a range of fine tipped to bold ink based pens. And for goodness sakes, don't forget about the erasers!
- Other: I use a Canon 550D digital camera in my photography work, and have a range of lenses for both close up and long distance shooting, and a tall camera stand for better stablisation. Remember to keep your equipment clean, covered and safe.
- Digital: My current setup is a 15" Macbook Pro with the full Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, and a Wacom Bamboo tablet. I use a Kodak scanner to scan all of my traditional drawings in. I use a combination of cocoapotrace and illustrator to convert everything I draw to vector, then I can work with it in Photoshop if need be.