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    I'm an apparel graphic designer and I feel I need to change my carrer path finding a job in a in-demand creative field so in my opinion I was thinking to start studying about Visual Design. Anyway what field/s and subjects do you advice me to study (and where on internet if it's possible) ? Thanks in advance for your precious help

  • #2
    Do you already have a college degree.
    What is your experience level. To me, an apparel designer is a person who makes t-shirt designs. Not a translatable skill in most markets.
    What is your definition of Visual Design? All graphic design is visual design, whether it's print or multimedia.
    Also your location may influence what is in demand.

    For instance, where I'm located in the US, there is a huge difference between ''in demand,'' ''well paid,'' and ''jobs available.'' High end motion control projection is hot right now in my strange little slice of the industry. But there aren't that many jobs available and those that are, there is a lot of competition for them. Another is Experiential design, but that field again has not many jobs available and a whole slew of stuff to learn that you will never learn online or in school. You have to come up in the field from a lowly junior design position. UI design is yet another, same deal. No demand. Lots of applicants. Not so well paid.
    Last edited by PrintDriver; 10-25-2017, 07:49 AM.

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    • #3
      There seems to be an uptick in UX/Visual/UI Designer jobs. However, most of these jobs you will find only in big cities or well established companies.

      A lot of other designers and (non-designers for that matter*) are competing for these jobs, and companies will only hire if you have actual work that relates.

      *You ever heard of General Assembly? It's mixed in with the plethora of boot camps available today. I've seen two separate people get UX design jobs after completing their 12 week bootcamp. Neither person comes from a design background or has a design degree, in fact one of them worked in pharmaceuticals.

      This is not at all an endorsement for GA. I tend to despise the whole boot camp model, however I can't ignore what I've seen.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by PrintDriver View Post
        Do you already have a college degree.
        What is your experience level. To me, an apparel designer is a person who makes t-shirt designs. Not a translatable skill in most markets.
        What is your definition of Visual Design? All graphic design is visual design, whether it's print or multimedia.
        Also your location may influence what is in demand.

        For instance, where I'm located in the US, there is a huge difference between ''in demand,'' ''well paid,'' and ''jobs available.'' High end motion control projection is hot right now in my strange little slice of the industry. But there aren't that many jobs available and those that are, there is a lot of competition for them. Another is Experiential design, but that field again has not many jobs available and a whole slew of stuff to learn that you will never learn online or in school. You have to come up in the field from a lowly junior design position. UI design is yet another, same deal. No demand. Lots of applicants. Not so well paid.

        Yes, I have a college degree.
        I have 3 years as apparel designer and yes it's not a translatable skill in most markets. Besides PS, AI and ID I always studied self-taught Web Design as true basic principles about UX and UI , HTML and CSS, Motion Graphic Design , Packaging Design , Logo Design, Brand Identity soon forgot the most especially aboutu HTML and CSS because I was busy with my job and I sadly interrupted my studies .

        My conctract ended on 9 October and now I'm looking for a job but this time I want broaden my knowledge about Graphic Design and coming back to study UX and UI Design, Motion Graphic Design, Packaging, Logo and Brand Identity and basic coding skill so I can find a job even in agencies and other type of companies too

        My definition of Visual Design is User Interface to answer you in two words. User Interface about Mobile, Web and all the device in between. Doing my researches I liked the fact to design icons, banners, responsive design and so on. To be honest I'm more interested in web rather than print.
        I'm located in the EU and about UI positions I see there are evenly everywhere and I see it's well paid too, unfortunately I ignore how many applicants there are but coming from apparel field there are a lot of posiitons availbale compared with apparel field.

        Could you link me a video or a webpager to explain me what are an High end motion control projection and Experiential design ? I found nothing about .

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        • #5
          Originally posted by calebninja View Post
          There seems to be an uptick in UX/Visual/UI Designer jobs. However, most of these jobs you will find only in big cities or well established companies.

          A lot of other designers and (non-designers for that matter*) are competing for these jobs, and companies will only hire if you have actual work that relates.

          *You ever heard of General Assembly? It's mixed in with the plethora of boot camps available today. I've seen two separate people get UX design jobs after completing their 12 week bootcamp. Neither person comes from a design background or has a design degree, in fact one of them worked in pharmaceuticals.

          This is not at all an endorsement for GA. I tend to despise the whole boot camp model, however I can't ignore what I've seen.

          Yeah, before to apply indeed I will take time to study well the subjects about UI , I already have a nice and broad knowledge about PS and AI besides to what concernes t-shirt design while I know all the fundamentals about ID. I need to start again with After Effects, HTML and CSS and start studying wireframing and user interface softwares first of all Sketch

          Why do you despise GA ? Anyway Thanks because i didn't know it

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          • calebninja
            calebninja commented
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            I despise bootcamps in general because I feel they do more harm then good. Now I am only speaking about my own opinion and I have never been to a boot camp (but almost did one time...)

            I'll list off a few of the reasons why I feel this way:

            -It is not feasible to jam pack enough information and projects into a 12-week period and turn someone into a competent designer. Companies hire these people because they see the projects in their portfolio. I feel that these projects should be viewed more as student projects, meaning they probably had a lot of help and resources in order to get them to look the way they do.

            -The companies that host these boot camps are just businesses. As far as I know, the content within the boot camps can vary widely and there is no standard curriculum. You could make a similar argument for colleges being businesses, but it has been proven that typically people who attend college make more money over their lifetime then those who do not attend.

            -I hate the word "boot camp" it makes me cringe. If I was a recruiter or in HR, I would most likely favor candidates who have a degree over ones who attended a boot camp or have a certificate from a private business.

            -People who attend these programs have to make a huge investment with something that may not work out. Most of these boot camps are around 10-14k and GA is a 12-week, full-time boot camp; i.e., you basically have to be unemployed and have thousands of dollars laying around to attend. The program that I mentioned before that I almost attended was a six month coding boot camp. This program was 10k with a 7 day, 80% refund policy. Well the first week of the program is learning HTML, so I feel that after one week you wouldn't know if the program would be worth staying in or not.

            -I've looked up several of these programs and they all advertise "ENTRY LEVEL [insert trendy career title] MAKE 75K A YEAR!" Leading with some outrages salary is a slimy marketing tactic if you ask me. It only serves the purpose of attracting the wrong type of people who will most likely end up failing or quitting the program.

          • slam629
            slam629 commented
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            I understand and I'm agree, indeed until now I never attended a bootcamp because I noticed I can have the same and even more training on internet. And yes , in just one week it's a joke learning HTML, maybe studying it full time you can achieve a nice solid base but it's a too short period.
            I think the only reasons I could attend a bootcamp ( but if it has a very reasonable price ) it's to know pros in person, networking and improving my English, first of all my professional English, besides learning

        • #6
          Motion control projection (projection mapping):
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-I7Q5HEZQs

          Experiential design:
          segd.org

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          • #7
            Originally posted by slam629 View Post
            My conctract ended on 9 October and now I'm looking for a job but this time I want broaden my knowledge about Graphic Design and coming back to study UX and UI Design, Motion Graphic Design, Packaging, Logo and Brand Identity and basic coding skill so I can find a job even in agencies and other type of companies too
            Since you've mentioned it, we've had some difficulty finding good motion graphics specialists, and when we do find them, we're almost always paying more than we expected to. It seems that videographers are in good supply (at least where I live), but ask them to insert a few special effects beyond what can be done in Premiere or Final Cut and the available talent drops awfully fast.

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            • #8
              Originally posted by PrintDriver View Post
              Motion control projection (projection mapping):
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-I7Q5HEZQs

              Experiential design:
              segd.org

              Thanks for the links PrintDriver, until now I only seen the first , ill see the second later, anyway the projection mapping 'salary is similar to a graphic designer I seen, at least on glassdoor

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