Digital Technology Research

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If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that last week I finally finished and submitted that report that was driving me crazy – yay! So now I’m on to the next module in my course… Digital Technology Research.

I’ve read through the Course Notes and completed the first assessment (an online quiz), so now I’m up to the second assignment which is, again, a theory based assignment. There’s no pretty pictures or interesting images to post about, but, there are a few notes to remember on the subject so I thought I’d share them here….

  • Research is super important before using/buying/trialling technology to avoid wasting time, money and energy.
  • Event before researching, you need to write down a list of what you need to do for your graphic design work so you know what to look for, i.e. the ability to draw shapes, or export a file in a specific format.
  • The Adobe Creative Suite is generally considered to be industry standards
  • The more a piece of technology allows you to edit and modify things, the more creative you can be.
  • Some of the limitations of technology are that it can be: expensive, time-consuming, high maintenance, take up a lot of desk area/storage space, and not easily available.
  • Always be exploring and looking at different ways to use technology to find ways to better and more efficiently (and effectively) do your work.
  • Challenge technologies and see exactly how far you can push them.
  • Don’t be afraid to combine technologies.
  • Listen to other people’s opinions on technology, but also find out for yourself. That person may have a bias towards a certain technology.
  • You must develop your own working style.
  • Set up your workstation so that is safe and ergonomic.
  • Get to know your technology (i.e. a software program) inside-out. Find out its limitations and capabilities.
  • Take breaks while you’re working.
  • Subscribe to e-newsletters to stay up to date with new technologies in the design industry.
  • Always preview something before you print to check for spelling and grammar errors, etc.
  • Use external hard drives/USB drives instead of CDs and DVDs wherever possible.
  • Collaborate digitally as much as possible.
  • Always keep your files backed up (side note: I use Apple’s Time Machine – it is sooo easy!)

Fingers-crossed the next unit is a little more creative!

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