Digital Design student in focus: Anthony

As part of #JMCDesignforChange, we have been following some Digital Design, Animation and Game Development students in their integration class. anthony2.jpg

So, we sat down with Digital Design student, and #JMCDesignforChange team member Anthony Abade, to find out more about why he got into design, how he has found the course so far, and how it’s been working with students from other courses. 

So Anthony, why design?

I think the thing that made me want to study design was the fact that I was already doing it as a hobby. I thought instead of throwing out everything I had taught myself, why not continue building on and developing these skills further to make a career out of it. Not only that, but I really enjoy creating things in programs such as Photoshop and After Effects and really like learning how to use new features and plugins. There are so many possibilities with design and I would like to explore as many as I can.

What did you want to do for a career when you started the course and do you think this has changed now you've been studying? 

When I started the course, I wanted to work as a graphic designer in a large firm because at the time I felt it was my strong point. Before I started, I had been posting content to my YouTube channel and doing graphics work such as logos and banners for other YouTube channels. When I started the course and as I progressed through it however, I really picked up a liking for user interface design (UI) and motion design. I really enjoy the process that goes into developing the interface for mobile apps and creating the look and feel for the app. It allows me to work with so many different styles and even in some cases create a whole new style. As for motion design, I have always loved making videos, whether it be a simple short film or a heavily edited call of duty montage. The motion design unit opened a new door for me. I went from creating simple videos to making 2D and 3D animations using a wide range of programs.

So what do you now hope to do after graduation?

After graduation, I want to move into the UI or motion design industry. I think that doing something I feel confident with will make me want to push myself even further and produce the best result possible. Alongside this, I also want to focus on continuing to run my own small business. I own a small media company that specialises in digital signage for shops and restaurants. We help the client from start to finish, whether it be assisting them on what size screen is best for their store to designing or animating the content that goes onto their screen. The best thing is that everything I learn at JMC, I can apply to my work for my clients.

How have you found the course so far?

The course has been great so far. I have been able to meet so many new people during my time here and have also been able to really put out some projects that I am proud of. 

Hands down my favourite things about JMC is meeting new people and being able to express your creative side. The fact that we are not constrained and are able to show what we are really capable of makes me want to push my own boundaries to learn new styles and new techniques to incorporate into my work. An example of this was a project where we had to create our own music festival. When it came to the promo side, we were tasked with making a website and getting some promotional material created. We could have easily just made a simple scrolling website and whipped up our own 30 second radio advertisement but instead we took a very different approach. I came up with the idea of having a single page website with a graphic of Australia on it. Each state was able to be clicked on which brought up different bits of information about the festival. So, NSW would be ticketing info, QLD would be location info etc. But the greatest idea came from one of the boys who suggested we get Mike and Emma from 96.1 to do a radio ad for us. We were absolutely blown away when they agreed to help us out and make an ad for us.

The above video was part of our motion design unit where, in my case, I was chosen to create a title sequence for a movie or TV show. I chose to create one for a TV show I was watching at the time which was The Expanse and for some reason didn't show a title sequence at the beginning of each episode. Being an individual project, I thought that it would be difficult to create the whole thing in 3D. However, as I started with my initial sketching and planning, I realised that if I plan my time out well I would be able to present a really high quality product. For the project I created everything in After Effects which unfortunately crashed a few times but that didn't stop me. This was one of my favourite projects as I was able to learn so many new features of After Effects and use plugins that I have overlooked in the past.

How have you found the integration module, working with students from different disciplines?

The integration module is very different in a good way. Being teamed up with people that are studying different areas had me nervous at first but when it came to working with them I found that there was a very good balance of skills between us all. I found that some people are really good at drawing and others are really good at the digital side, so all the small things that people are good at come together and gives us a very well-oiled machine. Not only that, but when you have so many different minds working on a common project you are able to put forward your idea and have it modified and refined with everyone’s opinions. 

What are the most important things you've learnt so far during your studies?

By far the most important thing I have learnt is to iterate and keep your workflow tidy. I’ve learnt that the more feedback you get the better. It might seem pretty obvious to do that but before coming to JMC I only asked 1 or 2 of my mates what they thought and they always said “yea mate looks good”. I’ve also learnt how to use new programs such as Blender.

I’ve always hated blender and the interface but since I was introduced to it for 3D Forms & Spaces and properly taught how to use it, it is now one of my go-to programs for 3D modelling. I think the course teacher Paul had a huge role in that as he was always willing to help us if we had any problems and showed us multiple ways to do a task in the program. 

Find out more about studying Digital Design or follow Anthony and his team mates in the #JMCDesignforChange project.

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