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Old 07-04-2002, 01:49   #1 (permalink)
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Web Page/ Graphic Designing

Hey guys,
I am in yr12 and am looking to go to Uni next year and i was wondering what kind of things are involved in graphics design and also web page designing as i find them pretty interesting and am alright at them.
Can anyone give me advice as to what is involved in these jobs, and if they are worth getting into?
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Old 07-04-2002, 02:17   #2 (permalink)
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When 'web design' began as a viable career, most of them were programmers with some artistic flair, because only they understood HTML, etc.

The advent of HTML designers, Shockwave (now Flash) saw the Photoshop set become the real designers, whilst programmers went back to real code. I know, because I saw the web go from text and the odd GIF, to what it is now, and I was one of those programmers who dabbled in web design. I can do complex web-based application software these days, but the arty side is not my forte though I try. :s3

So if you're a programmer, forget web design. If you're a digital artist with some good IT-type skills, then web design is for you. Keep in mind this segment of the IT job space is saturated because when the IT explosion happened, it seemed anybody and everybody was a 'web designer' so there are stacks of them out there. You'll need to be very good to stand out, so get yourself Photoshop/Paint Shop Pro and Macromedia Flash, and start learning now.

Good luck!
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exactly what Venom XR said! I'm working for a data management company at the moment, and we've just developed the new News Motoring site - our developers made it go, but the News Interactive people were responsible for the design.

If you choose to go down the design avenue, I recommend giving TAFE a big think - hands-on application is exactly what you need in that industry, but with development, i doubt you could do better than a comp. sci degree at uni.

good luck anyway mate!
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Hey Pete, get yourself a VTAC guide (if you are in Vic). I find the book pretty usefull in describing courses etc.

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Old 07-04-2002, 06:12   #5 (permalink)
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You will need to invest in training and a mouse: and because neither are in short supply anywhere in the world, especially the third world, I can't see it paying off too big - everyone's jumping on the band wagon.

Check out http://www.elance.com
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