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HHN93



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 2:01 am    Post subject: graphic design Reply with quote

is graphic design a good thing to major in to get into the theme park industry? will I be able to work my way up
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are definitely jobs for graphic designers, since there is a lot of signage and printed details needed for attractions. If you want to do concepting, it is good to also have skill in drawing/painting. Like anything, it takes a lot of work to build skills. I learned graphic design, but then also took some classes in theatrical design... which allows me to communicate with colleagues who came to themed attraction design via a theatre degree. I don't think that there is a single way to get into design in the industry... you may want to e-mail a few design firms as a interested student and just find out about what kinds of designers they hire and how they feel about graphic designers. It can differ from place to place, but it seems like skills in computer-based art are definitely in demand...
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thank you so much. How hard do you think it is to get a job as a graphic designer at say Universal Creative?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure. I haven't worked there. I know people who have, but only on a per project basis (when the project is over, they move on to another company).
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Graphics design is a good thing to major. That skill is highly in demand nowadays. Everywhere you go, you're sure that you can always make money out of it. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Graphic Design is a good thing to get an education in, yes. Because anyone can learn to draw and paint if they put their mind to it, you don't need a degree, you need a portfolio.

Try conceptart.org if you're serious about learning to draw and paint. It's vital you have some skills if you ever want to be part of the attraction design process, if only as a way to illustrate your thoughts. They don't have to be amazing, just sketches which describe.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Graphic design is a good option...especially if you're [b]inclined towards arts[/b]...its a plus, would make your work easier...
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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2011 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Conceptart.org is a great place to learn the skills needed for illustration. An illustrator draws the concepts and ideas for attractions. They are involved very early in the process to pitch the initial concept and overall look and feel of an attraction... possibly defining the props and scenes of the ride as well... They are the people who most people think of when they think of "imagineer", but of course, the building of an attraction requires all kinds of creative people and different expertise...

Graphic design is generally a separate job. Graphic designers don't necessarily need to paint and draw well (although many do), but they need really good knowledge of the computer and programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator. A graphic designer can end up doing things such as signage, creating large prints for the insides of queues, queue posters, retail decor, marketing materials and safety signs... and potentially many other things. Basically, think of all of the things around the theme park that are a combo of words and text, or were digitally printed or cut vinyl... these types of things can be prepared by graphic designers who help to create some of the final touches to an attraction.

Which focus you chose will probably depend on your individual skills and interest...
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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 1:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Graphic design is one great option.
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