認真 ● 跳出框框
你有否想過，那些往往是提升生產力或質素的工具，例如使用AutoCAD畫圖，你試過加班加時呆等出圖嗎？其實善用Layout與Sheet Set的功能，就能好好安排打印工作。或者，你想在Photoshop修改照片素像，你還會Rasterize Layer使用Eraser Tools然後儲存很多版本，讓你可退回之前的步驟嗎？其實Smart Object和Layer Mask正是為了這種設計檢討而設的便捷功能。
Be conscientious, break it through
Have you ever experience notice some real big change happened on a coworker or classmate, just right after a little seasonal break?
He has raised his job efficiency, or he already tackle what your professor said. He is no longer the newbie that you used to teach him step by step, or maybe, he has already make his way in front of you. You were so curious that really wanted to ask him”What have you done during the holidays ? ” but you decided not to do so, mischief by your self-esteem.
But in fact, you know the answer: he has identify his shortcomings, and actively grasp the limited time to study, and prepare for his future, as well as more opportunities, on the contrary, are you still giving yourself more excuses, and refused to break it through?
Are you still “trying out” while using computer?
You may want to join the design industry, or maybe you are already in the industry, while using computer, are you still trying to accumulate more usage experience , until you can barely operate it? And in the same time, you ignore the advanced features because look so troublesome?
Have you ever thought that those are often features to improve quality or productivity? For example, when using AutoCAD for CAD drawing, have you ever been staying overtime for printout? Actually, making use of the Layout and Sheet Set functions, you can arrange your printings effectively. Else, when you want to make permanent changes on photos using Photoshop, are you using Eraser Tools on a Rasterized Layer, and you save many version to make sure the steps are reversible? Smart Objects and Layer Masks are features dedicated for such design review functions.
Lamenting why the work take you forever? Why you work stay the same? Why don’t you make yourself proficient to these software, so that you don’t have to work overtime for more computer operation, or even dig your potentials which is perhaps hidden behind the unknown software features?
Are you moving forward with your existing skill?
You maybe very good at your software, but are you not satisfied with your existing status or position, but you found nothing you can do other than waiting for a better economy or new customer to knock on your door?
Did you pay good attention to the development of the industry, and make appropriate adjustment on your skill set? Or have you ever thought of combining your existing skill and a second skill, to create a new opportunity? For example, BIM (Building Information Modeling) is becoming a standard in the AEC industry in the recent years because of its effectiveness on project design and management. On the other hand, the popularity of smart phones and tablet PCs has made the Internet more important: huge number of printed matters are required to digitize, which forced graphic designers to upgrade themselves to advanced layout design to become more productive. Customers demand their website to be designed to have the Social, Local and Mobility (SoLoMo) elements and etc.
Facing these developments and business opportunities, will youl stay in a rut, or take a new step?
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Stop making excuses! Grasp this summer, equip yourself thoroughly with conscience, and get yourself prepared to face the next challenges!
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