Thursday, 12 November 2009

jobs in the interactive media sector. / career paths (U8 P2.3)

jobs in the interactive media sector.

click here to see resaults. here I have found all resaults related to interactive media.

the three resaults I have chosen are

  • Designer
  • Programmer
  • Developer

What are the skills required for department.

The skills required for a designer , are the following.

To become a designer you need to create the 'look and feel' of an interactive media product.
you must combine creativity with an awareness of the tools and technologies that will be used to build the product, and an understanding of what these can and cannot do.
you must produce visuals of user interfaces, using software like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. you will usually follow a design brief that may be given as verbal instructions, a written specification or 'wire–frame' diagrams.
At junior levels, you will tend to be tasked with only some aspects, typically the visual styling, of the interface.
There are no typical career routes, but many interactive media Designers come from a traditional design background – such as graphic, print or information design. Sometimes they combine this with experience or study in a more technical subject – such as computer science, engineering, mathematics or psychology.
It is this combination of creative and technical disciplines that tends to distinguish the best interactive media Designers and enables them to progress into more senior positions, either within the Designer role, or in roles such as Information Architect or Producer.
Essential knowledge and skillsDesigners need creativity and artistic flair but also a certain amount of technical understanding. The nature of interactive media means that they must often design within many unknown or variable parameters – for example, the user's screen size, or the amount of content to be included on a web page.
The Designer must therefore be able to identify these factors and think laterally so as to produce flexible designs that work correctly in a range of circumstances. They need to understand usability issues, the principles of interaction design, and any userinterface conventions and standards that are relevant to the product. Awareness of the technical process used to implement their designs is also important.

Key Skills include:

design talent;
good drawing and diagramming ability;
knowledge of relevant design, image manipulation, and asset optimisation software;
good interpersonal communication skills, especially when dealing with specialists in other disciplines;
ability to manage time, prioritise tasks and work under pressure;
knowledge of the requirements of the relevant Health and Safety legislation and procedures.
Training and qualifications Most interactive media Designers have Bachelor's Degrees, HND's and some have Master's Degrees. however, and a good portfolio of interactive media work is essential.

Programmer

A day in the life of a web programmer includes developing code, modifying code, designing new concepts and products, testing products, and explaining the concept behind a new product to a work team. Since programmers work with a large number of people in order to finish a project, prospective programmers must be able to communicate effectively while working with others.
In addition, a programmer should be able to think creatively. Often, clients will approach programmers with an idea that has never been translated into a technical product. It is the job of a programmer to take this idea and turn it into something tangible. In this sense, imagination is an extremely important asset that a web designer must possess. While most techniques and skills can be learned within an academic environment, imagination and creativity cannot be taught.
Some web programmers obtain four-year university degrees, while others gain all the knowledge they need from technical school.

webdeveloper

A Web developer is a term that can refer to an individual or a company that provides services to build and maintain high-end websites. The skills of a Web developer are more expansive than that of a webmaster, who might be a simple end-user utilizing ready-made scripts to patch together a personal website. A Web developer is generally capable of writing custom scripts to accommodate a client’s needs, and is either professionally trained in, or has ample personal experience working with various scripting languages.

The Web developer must also make sure that forms work properly. Various scripting languages exist in which to create surveys, contests, and sales mechanisms — the means to securely transfer information between visitors and the website. Browser settings for cookies and scripts can hamper the proper functioning of some Web forms. A Web developer takes all of this into consideration so that when a visitor fills in a form, they are sure to get satisfaction, and not have the form “hang” or “reappear blank” upon clicking the “Send” button. A site that is broken doesn’t bode well for business.

The WebDesigner

Quote taken from http://ezinearticles.com/?Qualifications-To-Become-A-Web-Designer&id=569672

To become a web designer one of the pre-requisite qualifications in the UK is to be higher educated. This means a minimum of a Higher National diploma (HND) in a computer or media related subject or better still, a degree from university. Studying for such qualifications allows you to develop an awareness of the industry and allows a lot of time for self learning of software skills and web design techniques, which are critical for a career as a web designer.
Skills Needed:
Some (but not all) of the skills which you will need in order to become a web designer are shown below.


HTML

action script
CSS
Photoshop
SQL
ASP / PHP
Macromedia Development Packages
Flash

Joomla is a possible program to learn in this section.


Of course the skills that you need will vary depending on the area of web design that you intend to persue. Graphically oriented web designers will need strong graphic design skills such as adobe photoshop, fireworks and flash. Web Designer that are more coding oriented will need a strong command of the following skills: HTML, CSS, SQL and ASP or PHP.

The name which refers to web designers is usually referred to as web developers rather than web designers.

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