Using digital applications for creative design work.
Illustrator is a vector graphics program used by artists and graphic designers to create vector images illustrations, charts, graphs, logos, diagrams, cartoons of real photographs, and more. Using vector shapes to create these graphics ensures that they look good on screen and in print. Vector art scales to any size, from a business card to billboard size, without losing quality.
Creating vector images allows the designer to create clean, beautiful works of art that can be scaled up and down infinitely without ever losing quality. Those designing new websites can use illustrator for creating mock ups in the concept phase. Illustrations can also be easily converted into a bitmap or jpeg image for use in digital booklets and magazines. The vector images can be transferred to other adobe programs such as Photoshop or InDesign for this. Alternatively, an image can be transformed into an animation or video by transferring it to Flash or After Affects. The suite of programs Adobe offer as a creative suite provide endless opportunities for artists and designers to develop ideas and concepts and to adapt a vector image to a variety of uses.
Vector graphics have an advantage over raster images as they have a smaller file size. It is important to note that illustrations that are created as a raster image cannot be converted to vector images. If you are unsure if you will need to resize your image at some point it always best to use vector graphics. They also have a transparent background unless you add a background, providing further flexibility when layering a logo or reproducing it in different forms of digital or printed promotional materials.
Illustrator is most useful in my creative design work where the use of graphics, images and branding is part of a design brief. The program is relatively simple to use to begin with yet offers more complex tools for the advanced user and the suite of programs work well simultaneously when using them to create digital and printed design work.
Digital skills are vital for success when working in the field of design. Technology is used as a key tool for creativity, communication, collaboration and coordination. It is of great importance as a professional designer to be competent in the use of a variety of digital tools, it is an integral part of contemporary design that continuously evolves with new ideas and innovations. Through this technology, it is possible to work remotely but collaboratively, to communicate design ideas endlessly through media platforms.
Creative software applications offer the ability to develop complex digital drawings and generate and progress design ideas in 2D & 3D forms. There are a variety of software
applications including CAD, image editing, vector illustration and digital drawing. Using this software enables us collaborate more widely through communication tools using social media, web, multimedia presentations and electronic communication to promote and develop design work.
As an interior architecture and design student, digital skills are incredibly important to my work. The use of CAD, image editing and digital drawing has extended my design capabilities and developed my design skills. My ideas are advanced and progressed further using digital tools and have proved the most useful in my design work. If I were to rate my current digital skills out of 100 overall I would place myself at around 40/100. If I were to assess in more detail it would vary depending on the application, software or tool. I have more experience and knowledge of using media and communication tools but need to develop my drawing, CAD and image editing skills. So, this is where I intend to learn more and progress my skills as limited skills hinder the development of good design.
Developing my ‘digital identity’ through the creation of a blog.
A website or blog is an important platform to communicate & it is the first task of this design project. This blog will be used to communicate the development of my furniture design for SIT+STORE in response to the design brief set. So here the journey begins, to research digital applications and assess and develop my digital skills.