The many hats in Multimedia Design


If you are anything like me, when you first heard someone say “Multimedia design” you still weren’t quite sure what they meant. If you break down the word you’ll see that it’s simply design across multiple media platforms. Now you’re like oh, wow. Even then that definition is so vague that you’d want to know more. There’s actually many hats a multimedia designer can wear. A photographer with photoshop knowledge can be considered a multimedia career. Also a game designer falls into that category, along with creative directoranimator, and audio recording engineer. And those are just the beginning, but we’ll stick to those careers for now.


Virtually anyone can call themselves a photographer, but are you a good one? A photographer needs to have artistic and creative ability. They should posses good communication and people skills. Alongside all the creative and social skills, they also need to have a deep knowledge of the technical aspect. Yes, photography isn’t all about creativity and a keen eye for detail. You need to know the technical side, what works and what doesn’t.

Game Design

Game designers invent, build, produce, and promote computer games. It’s basically like being a film director but for computer simulation. To be a successful game designer you must be highly creative and dynamic. On the more obvious end, you should be computer-literate. You also need to be prepared to work long, irregular hours. Designer’s come up with the games concepts, characters, setting, story, and game play. Some software that are used within the industry are Adobe Photoshop, illustrator, after effects and so much more.

Creative Director

Creative directors are the creative leads at advertising and marketing companies, working with designers, artist, and sales team to create a vision for products sold. They plan and oversee the process and give guidance to the creative people that work under them. They approve all work created by staff and follow the latest trends in design and marketing. Essentially, they are your boss if you work somewhere as a creative individual in a company. They attract clients and hire the creative staff. Most people become creative directors after working as a designer or similar creative background and show an aptitude not only for the creative side but for the business side. Skills needed for this career are : creativity, analytical skills, decision making skills, interpersonal skills and management skills.


A multimedia animator creates animation and visual effects for a wide range of platforms such as television, movies, video games and more.They create two and three dimensional models and animation. A typical multimedia animator can be found creating graphics and animations using computer programs, developing storyboards that map out scenes and researching upcoming projects to have a realistic design or animation for it. Multimedia animators often work within a specific type of animation. Some focus on creating animated movies or video games while others create visual effects for movies and television shows. You’ll need creativity and imagination, drawing and modelling skills, communication and presentation skills along with IT skills.

Audio Engineering

Editing, creating, and recording sound is the main objective of an audio engineer.Audio engineers can work in various industries, where the level of required training depends on the employer.They are responsible for the sounds we hear on the radio, in TV and movies, over the Internet and at live performances. You’ll need good hearing for distinguishing sound quality, good timing and rhythm, a knowledge of electronics and acoustics and patience.

Now that you know a couple of multimedia careers, we should talk about copyright laws and how to make sure your work is secure. Copyright law includes the following types of work: Literary, musical, dramatic, choreographic works, pictorial graphic and sculptural works, audio-visual works, sound recordings and architectural works.Copyright in a work is not a single right. Rather, copyright is a bunch of rights, including: the right to display (or perform or publish) a work; the right to make copies of a work; the right to distribute copies of a work; and the right to make “derivative” works of the original (works that are a variation, or are based on the original, like a screenplay to a book).An artist can sell or license one of these rights, a part of one of these rights, or groups of these rights, in any combination and with any restrictions that the artist requires.

Stock images break down into two main types, royalty-free and rights-managed.     For royalty-free images, you get nearly unlimited use. You can use the image in virtually any application, for as long as you like, in as many different projects as you like, as long as you comply with the terms of the license agreement.With rights-managed images, your right to use the image is typically restricted, with limitations placed on things such as duration of use, geographic region, industry, etc.


In case you didn’t know, there are rules on where you can and cannot take photos. You might think that’s insane but it’s true, so you’ll want to aware of those rules. Here are some legal facts of photography out in the world:

  1. Photography in a public place is allowed. These places include parks,sidewalks, and malls.
  2. If you are on public property, you can take photos of a private property. So you can take a picture from the sidewalk with your fancy zoom lens of a private property.
  3. If asked on private property to not take pictures, you are obligated to honor that request.
  4. Sensitive locations like military bases can prohibit photography if it is deemed a threat to national security.
  5. People can be photographed if they are in public without consent.
  6. If you are challenged, you do not have to explain why you are taking pictures, nor do you have to disclose your identity.
  7. Private parties have very limited rights to detain you against your will, and can be subject to legal action if they harass you.
  8. If someone tries to confiscate your camera or belongings, you don’t have to give it to them. If they take it by force or threaten you, they can be liable for things like theft and coercion. Even law enforcement officers need a court order for this.


Four of the popular release forms you may need are: General release form, a Minor or Child release form, a Property release form and a Building photography form. A photo release form is a written agreement between you, the person you are photographing, the parent or guardian of the child you are photographing, or the owner of any property you are photographing.The main reason to obtain a release form from potential photo subjects is to protect yourself from future legal action arising from your publication of the images. A photo subject could verbally agree to have his picture taken but change his mind later. By getting a written agreement, you avoid getting involved in messy legal procedures.

Photo by: Jose Martin ..


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