Before working in the Video Games, Visual Effects, Animation and Educaton fields, I was a full-time graphic designer. Out of college I went straight to work at various advertising agencies rising to Creative Director, and finally culminated my Graphic Design career working for myself in New York.
Some people may think those skills of design has little contribution to VFX and Animation, but they’ve proved incredibly valuable time and time again for me. In fact, one the most important Principles of Animation – Staging – has a direct correlation to graphic design: Composition.
What happens when an artist looks through his film camera? You now have a two dimensional canvas. You have Framing. You have the Rule of Thirds. You have Symmetry, Balance, Visual Complexity, Emotion, Readability, Focus, plus Temporal problem-solving. You ARE a graphic designer, working inherently with all those principles and elements.
No matter what hat I’m wearing that day, I am a Graphic Designer every single day.
Below are the sections of the website dedicated to Graphic Design: