Anyone studying or graduated from graphic design course in Victoria University /Swinburne /RMIT / Shellington?
Posted 06.05.2015 @ 7.46PM
:: I am thinking about returning to study graphic design and become a UX/UI Designer or graphic designer.I am interested in diploma of graphic design or intereactive media in Victoria University /Swinburne /RMIT or the intensive course in Shellington.
Can someone share their experiences in these courses? Thanks::
I'd have a really good look into what those jobs actually entail before deciding on a path.
User experience has so many facets to it. In the truest sense, a specialised UX designer really just does wireframes, user testing, A/B testing and research. That said many companies in Australia can't really afford to hire people in specialised roles so you end up being the UI designer as well. Just something to consider.
My advice would be to learn a bit of web development as well to gain an edge over the competition. Learn about project management methodologies like Agile scrum, Kanban and also a bit of the business side of things in IT.
There is a saturation of designers out there but not too many that can design well, can work with development teams in an Agile environment and also understand the technology underpinning what they are designing for.
It helps massively if you work on large scale development projects and improves your employability.
Posted 06.05.2015 @ 7.36PM (Edited 06.05.2015 @ 7.37PM)
I think design by committee is a bad idea when people outside of the profession are just throwing their opinions around.
Opinions are just that... opinions. Most of what we do as designers is also opinion, but the key difference is our opinions are informed by our training and experience.
You do get some value from listening to other people though, if you design in a vacuum you are really just designing for yourself and not really designing for your audience.
In my experience, the best aspect of digital design and User Experience is that unlike print design it can be measured and tied to business outcomes through analytics and A/B testing. The client can complain about you using a certain button colour or putting the form on the right hand side, but if you've proven empirically that this actually converts higher they don't really have a leg to stand on.
Validated learning is a wonderful thing. It brings out our assumptions and opinions and tests them. You can proceed with confidence that your techniques and design patterns actually work.
Posted 04.01.2015 @ 10.18PM
I find with frameworks they all tend to have their benefits the "right" framework or the decision to even use one at all should really be dictated by the project.
The inherent problem with Bootstrap is that it's really designed as more of a UI framework and can be kind of a pain to override if you need to do layouts that are a bit more custom and not in the "bootstrap" style. It does look handy being able to use SASS, but I've never done that personally.
I found Bootstrap quite handy when I needed to build something very quickly and design in the browser. For anything super custom, I found it was more of a hinderance than anything.
Skeleton or a responsive version of the 960gs used to be my go to framework for more custom stuff. Skeleton is not without it's problems either as it tends to have too many breakpoints than is necessary, but then it's a fairly simple framework so is also easy to modify as needed. Just doesn't have all the bells and whistles of Bootstrap.
I think the way to go is really Frankensteining together your own boilerplate/framework by pulling bits off Bootstrap, Skeleton or Foundation. Or let the project decide which one you use.
Posted 04.01.2015 @ 9.56PM
I've basically done what you are trying to achieve, but it wasn't easy.
People come into UX from a lot of different backgrounds, the actual "design" part of the title it is a little misleading as it's as much about research, testing (A/B Tests, facilitating User testing) and planning. Having a background in design certainly helps with UI design though, but more often than not testing and research informs your design decisions rather than the gut instincts we tend to go off as print designers.
If you're aiming to do in depth UX for software/apps and non trivial, interaction heavy websites you will also most likely work in an Agile/Scrum environment. Basically, you'll need to know a bit about development and their project management methodologies.
How I entered this field was somewhat indirect. I was at a loose end about a year and a half ago and ended up doing a diploma of IT, website development, with the intention of being a front end developer. The course got me where I am now combined with my design background as it gave me development knowledge as well as project management methodolgoies and planning.
This isn't always necessary but what has really helped in my job as a UX designer is a lot of the planning (Creating an IA, gathering site requirements, sprint planning), project management methodologies (agile) and user centric stuff (Personas, user testing, research etc).
At the end of the course I did a brief stint as a full stack developer (officially a "front end" developer) but decided it wasn't for me. I ended up applying for a UX job and and that's how I ended up where I am. My portfolio was mostly sites I had built during my course or on the job, as well as my print design work.
My job is transactional UX for a national group of travel brands, I'm fairly fortunate as I have a senior UX to learn the ropes from.
My path probably isn't typical and where I work obviously isn't indicative of all companies.
That said it's a great field to get into. I think you'll find that being a UX designer is quite empowering as you get a bit more say in the content and higher level strategy of things rather than just the UI design. You also get a lot more opportunities to "prove" your designs actually work with data from A/B and user tests.
Posted 04.01.2015 @ 9.23PM
It's not common but not unheard of.
Most likely what they would need it for is doing an imposition for booklet printing if it's a 20 pager, which is really easy to do in Indesign but kind of a pain in the arse with Acrobat.