Soft, but strong!

Learning soft-skills enable you to create a better work?

During the past two weeks in learning some basic knowledge of New Media Design & Web Development Program, I found that all the courses could be divided into two types mainly-one is about soft-skill”, and the other is “hard-skill” related. Soft-skill courses tend to teach us more about creation with different methods, and hard-skill ones teach us how to use the software properly, so that we are able to represent our ideas though it totally.

It’s interesting to have these two different types of courses at the same time because the logic of your thinking must be shifted to suit for each kind of courses. Some people are more interested in applying the software, others don’t, and after making some comparison between the classes, I start to ask myself which one I like better? My answer will be the soft-skill ones. Through the courses, we are finding out more ways to express ourselves, and learning it’s not only about your own preference while creating, it’s about how to meet your clients’ requires as well. In class, we are taught to know what the real world that we are going to work for in the future is, which might be cruel but helpful.

I’m not saying that the technique is less important than creation, but usually, the concept of one’s work is the most important factor of all, which could really turn a design into either a bad or good one; therefore, I think it’s really nice to have a chance taking some courses which are not only about technology. Of course we have to be familiar with all the software that we are going to use for producing, it’s just like a painter could never draw well without using a correct painting brush, no matter how good he/she is. But still, it’s just the first step to be qualified for a designer.

There comes another example, nowadays, people become hardly live without Internet. But what makes Internet important is not because of the application allowing us to surf the world, it’s because this tool connect the whole world simply by one click. The Internet gives us more possibilities to communicate with people from everywhere, and without the limit of jetlag. So “people” is the whole thing about it, not others. When we are looking at a poster, a flyer, an Ad or so, it’s the spirit, or the meaning behind it that people care about, not just how you make it look perfectly by using Photoshop well.

Doesn’t it just explain everything? To work in this field, there are piles of things for us to learn, but we should never forget to gain enough soft-skilled knowledge that will allow us to become a real designer!

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How to get a quick start of learning new media?

I had never learned anything which is related to new media before,

and didn’t have any related working experience either, but I really

want to get into this field in a short time due to my personal interest

in designing, and that’s why I applied for the “New Media Design

and Web Developement Program” at BCIT.

The program just began last week, and I realized that everything

about this program is new to me. To avoid falling behind all the

classes, I’m thinking about putting some effort on understanding new

media in advance, therefore; I would like to know is there any quick

start to learn about new media as a beginner? Among all the

applications and software, which one should I learn first? Or perhaps I

should learn as many software as possible at the same time, so that I

could understand what the difference or common ground is among all

them?  

To start by reading a book seems to be one good way for beginners to

learn new media, but it also brings some other questions, since there

are quite a lots published books in stores, and each one teaches you

about new media from different angles-the introduction to new media,

the differences between each software using for designing, how to

use a software properly and so on. So how should I choose a right

book for myself? Is there any tips for making good decisions while

browsing the books? There must be something which is really

important for beginners, but people like me wouldn’t know much about

it, in that case, I really want to obtain some opinions from people who

are working in this field, or who are studying the related programs as

well.

Another way to get to know the new media is probably to run the

software in person-something like Photoshop CS, Illustrator, and

Adobe. But again, the software itself is upgrading all the time, and

there are so many versions of each, which one should I begin

with? What confuses me more is about the capatibility, are they all

work well both on PC and Mac? There are so many things to

learn for me to learn, and hopefully I could get some friendly and

useful help from everyone in this field.