Hi - New here, so apologies if this is an already answered topic, or if the topic seems “basic”. I received a BA in visual communications with an emphasis in graphic design 10 years ago. Truthfully, I didn’t go to a school that had a diverse design program: one class on web design, virtually no classes in UX/UI as we see it now, and the graphic design classes were mainly geared toward print design. I was not even provided with a solid understanding of job roles within the Design industry (Creative/Art Director, Graphic Designer, Production Designer, etc).
My point in all this backstory is to garner feedback from the group to potentially help my mindset. I am employed as a Graphic Design and Production Specialist, and I was asked to create a video for my company. I was a little taken aback because in my opinion, video editing / production is a different skill set than graphic design. Am I wrong? I understand that motion graphic design is a part of the “graphic design” umbrella, but I still think that is different than creating, cultivating AND slicing multiple pieces of content into a video? I thought Graphic Designers and Motion Graphic Designers create some of the pieces that a Video Editor would then combine into a video using appropriate video editing software. Right?
On one hand, it is an opportunity to stretch my wings and learn a new skill, but it definitely led me to a bit of a “life” crisis. As it was explained to me by industry friends, most companies can’t afford an in-house video production team so they EXPECT Graphic Designers to do it all. So, my main question is do today’s Graphic Designers know how to design in all facets of Graphic Design: Brand & Visual Identity, Marketing and Advertising, Digital, UX/UI, Publication, Packaging, Motion, and Environmental Design etc. (I’m sure I’m leaving something off the list). I had always thought you sort of specialized in one of these types of design, like I have a job as a web designer versus a job as a motion graphics designer versus a product designer? …but should we / are we expected to know all facets of graphic design in today’s market in order to be employable / keep our jobs?
I apologize for the barrage of questions, but this brought up a lot for me.
My last question is, Does anyone have recommendations on professional development resources to expand my skill set so I remain relevant? LOL. Again, I’m feeling like I have to go back to school to learn about more skill sets that I wouldn’t normally think would be in the traditional wheelhouse of graphic design, and I don’t know that that is in the cards for me. Hoping someone out there can help. Thanks in advance.