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My Dream Job as a Designer

Here are the things I think would I would enjoy doing most (related to designing):

  • Magazine covers
  • Business cards
  • Creating characters
  • Coming up with theme designs
  • Take pictures
  • Making ads
  • Making logos

 

Jobs I would like to apply to:

  • Magazine cover designer
  • Product designer
  • Architecture designer
  • Designer for childrens toys
  • Digital Production designer
  • Strategic designer
  • Technical designer
  • Interior designer
  • Project designer
  • Audio designer
  • Ad designer
  • Logo designer

 

My favorite thing to do is as a designer would be to edit.

 

Least favorite things to do:

  • Animate
  • Making a fully functional / working website
  • Web designing
  • Film
  • Film editing

 

Jobs I won’t apply to:

  • Film designer
  • Web designer

Animated Web Banners (formats)

Banner advertisements can be designed using several common file formats including:

There are advantages and disadvantages to each format, for example:

  • Only GIF and SWF allow animations (SWF allows quite sophisticated animations, whereas GIF simply allows a series of images to be displayed in series).
  • All the formats can be used to display pictures, although generally GIFJPEG or PNG would be favored, if this is all your want to do.
  • GIF allows up to 256 colors, whereas JPEG or PNG allow up to 16,777,216 colors.
  • GIF or PNG are better than JPEG for displaying pictures which contain large areas of continuous tone, or very small text. This is because GIF and PNG are lossless formats, whereas JPEG is lossy and can result in loss of small details.
  • JPEG is generally the best format for displaying photographs, although acceptable results can sometimes be achieved using GIF or PNG.
  • There may be restrictions on when you can use some of the formats (especially SWF). This is because some banner rotation scripts and banner exchanges do not work with SWF.
  • The same banner design saved in different formats may produce different file sizes. Again, there may be restrictions on what format is suitable for your banner because of this – as if buying banner advertising or using banner exchanges, there may be limitations on the maximum file size allowed.

 

More info on formats:

  • .gif images – Fully supported, but limited use with frames. .png files are supposed to have support for animation, but you don’t see it in the wild very often, if at all.
  • Flash, Silverlight, and other plugins – Flash has the most ubiquity, but all plugins need to be installed in the browsers and can’t necessarily be counted on to be installed on a user’s computer. May not work for mobile platforms.
  • CSS3 – Limited transforms or animations, limited browser support.
  • HTML5 video – The future, but limited browser support.
  • JavaScript – Needs to be enabled, but should have near universal browser-support. Limited types of animation.
  • Canvas tag – Modern browser support, but supports rich animations.

Color Correction in a Film Project

Color correction is often the least talked about, most overlooked portion of the post-production process.

Color correction is just one step of the entire filmmaking process. You can take average footage and really make it pop, sing and enhance the viewing experience of your project. If you have excellent footage, then the sky is the limit. You can also make images look garish, ugly and destroy all the hard work the crew did to capture those images on the day of the shoot. The challenges and choices are many and it comes with great responsibility if you are the one applying the Color Correction and Color Grade. In the indie film world, jobs are more often merged and unified and Color Correction is more and more falling into the hands of the Editor. The smaller the budget and tighter the deadline…the more often this becomes true. Shane asked me to take this opportunity and pass on some tips and tricks I have learned over the years of Coloring features, shorts, ads, music videos and documentaries.

Color correction is the process where every clip is manually tweaked to get a good exposure and balance of light. Each clip is adjusted to match color temperature to a predefined choice for each scene. This tedious and mechanical process is essential and in its own way, an art form. The use of SCOPES (Waveform, Vectroscope, Parade) is critical to this step and luckily most NLE’s and Grading software have them built-in. Without them you are literally flying blind and solely trusting your eyes, which have to adjust to room light ambience, fatigue, funky monitors and other factors constantly. Trust the SCOPES and let them guide you into accurate and creative decision making.

Color Grading is the creative process where decisions are made to further enhance or establish a new visual tone to the project through software including: introducing new color themes, re-lighting within a frame, films stock emulations, color gradients and a slew of other choices. Being that this is purely creative, there is no wrong or right…only what the DP, director and colorist feel is appropriate for the story. It can be subtle and invisible or over-the-top and uber-stylized. Therein lies the challenge…The challenge of choices. The tools available are so numerous, powerful and often free (Davinci Resolve Lite!) that you have no excuse not to explore these options further before you embark on the Grading journey.

 

 

J O B S 4 U A U D I O D E S I G N E R S

Audio Engineer

An audio/sound engineers’ job consists of recording, mixing, and reproducing sounds. Audio engineers often assist record producers and musicians putting together parts of a song, auto-tuning a record, or adding synthetic sounds to a track.

Recording Engineer

A recording engineer is someone who focuses specifically on the aspect of recording sound. Recording engineers shape the sound of an album. They record, edit, and mix sound through their choice of microphones, setting levels and sound manipulation techniques.

Mix Engineer

A mix engineer focuses on mixing together different tracks to mesh and create a new track and also mix the various sound elements of a track to balance the volume and improve audio quality.

Mastering Engineer

A mastering engineer smooths over the results of a mix engineer, making the final product into a whole. They

Live Sound Technician

A live sound technician will work at live events to manage sound quality, volume, & equipment.

Monitor Engineer

A monitor engineer works with live sound engineers to help the performers at a live event hear themselves. The monitor engineer is responsible for the operation of the monitor mixing console, maintenance and repair of the band’s in-ears, onstage, and backline gear. Monitor engineers maintain and repair microphones, wedges, XLR cable, and any other audio gear.  They also supervise the installation of the monitor system, the mixing desk, and the signal inputs.

Systems Engineer

A systems engineer manages the entire experience of sound at live performances. Systems engineers manage both live sound engineers and monitor engineers, and also work to set up the entire live sound system at many live events.

Video Game Sound Designer

A video game sound designer helps work with the sound engineering on video games, as well as how to appropriately add sound to the game. A video game sound designer also creates content, which often involves recording audio elements and crafting them in an audio workstation to match animations or environments in a game.

Audio Post Engineer

An audio post engineer works to mix and edit audio for television and movies. Say if some sounds are off or voices cannot be heard (lacks in performance or quality), actors would be brought to a sound studio where an audio post engineer will add in music, voiceover effects or use ADR (automatic dialog replacement) if necessary.

 

User Testing

In order to improve the performance of your website, you need to conduct website usability testing. Usability testing is a way to evaluate how easily users can accomplish a given task on a device. In a usability test, a subject is asked to complete a task, typically while being observed by a researcher, to uncover potential user problems. The subject is asked to talk through the thought process out loud while completing the task so that the researcher can understand the subject’s actions. The researcher carefully watches the subject’s actions and listens to the monologue. All of this just to improve the performance of your website.

Usability testing is especially important for websites. Your overall website performance will be determined in part by its usability; visitors need to be able to easily navigate through your website.People also mainly enjoy using websites that are intuitive and easy to navigate, but will discontinue using websites that are confusing.

A website usability test can confirm that a problem exists so that you can solve it quickly.

Here are some website usability testing tools you can use on your very own website:

What Users Do

What Users Do is an online user research platform that tests various assets, including your website, prototype, or app. You can set the task you want users to perform, select test subjects from a pool of prospective users, and receive a video of users performing the task. In the full version, you can get help from the What Users Do user experience team to design, perform and analyze your usability test.

User Zoom

User Zoom is a company that provides usability and customer experience evaluations, including web remote usability testing, prototype and concept testing and mobile surveys. A team of UX experts can help you conduct your research, from prospecting clients and managing participation incentives to conducing your test and analyzing your test results.

User Testing

User Testing is an online service that provides recordings of real people and their commentary while using the website. You can select the demographic and the specific areas of the website you want analyzed. This tool employs a process that uncovers weak areas of your website.

UsabilityHub

UsabilityHub is another tool to test your designs and mockups on real users. This tool shows visitors’ interactions on your website, what they remember and where they make mistakes. This tool can also be used before your website goes live.

How To Make Websites Faster

Page Size Optimization

When making a website, you will want to work on your page size and orientation. But before we get into how to get your page size optimization to just the right way to match your site’s layout, we will start with just what exactly page size optimization is.

Page size optimization is what is commonly used to describe the task of optimizing the rate at which a web page would load on a computer’s monitor. To do this, the web page would need to have a high page size optimization. But how do I get my web page to have the right page size you may be asking? Well, in order to do this, you would need to have the right sized web page file size. To do this, you must take into consideration what exactly it is that you want to have on your web page. Now as there are a great deal of ways that you can decrease the size of your web page file, we are only going to talk about a few to give you an idea of just how you can decrease the file’s size.

First, lines of code in JavaScript and style sheet files. If your web page file contains a high number of lines of code, you may need to think about which of these lines of code your web page could function without. The higher the amount of lines of code your web page file contains, the longer the length of time your web page will need to load in will be.

Another way you can decrease the size of your web page file greatly is to what is called Gzip compression. When you enable Gzip compression, your file will have it’s size cut down by almost ninety percent. This will give you more space in your file to support a faster load in time for your website.

The last way we will discuss is called optimizing images. You know that images are crucial to your website’s design, but with all of these images comes a slower load in time for your webpage. Recent studies have shown that a normal website’s images are responsible for around sixty four percent of the files over all size. To fix this, it is advised to compress your image size. After you have compressed your web page’s image, your web page’s file size will have decreased greatly.