01 Apr Francine J. Duncan: Design Is Professional
What traits do you think a professional in the graphic art industry must have and why?
Resilience: There are often visual trends that may come and go, and times when specific styles are more popular than others. The design industry is highly competitive, and artists need to strike a balance between staying true to their creative insight while pushing boundaries at times, without sacrificing quality in their work and uniqueness of vision.
Flexibility: This is important to enable an artist to work on a variety of projects and not limit themselves to specific types of assignments.
Communication Skills: Working in the arts provides an opportunity to engage with many diverse people. It is especially important to for an artist to be able to communicate well to elicit the information needed from stakeholders to understand their needs and use for creative solutions.
Technical Agility: Presenting graphics in digital mediums requires the ability to be technically adept at creating the vision an artist has in their mind’s eye. It is very important for an artist to keep pace with updates and new technological solutions as they become available.
What is ethics in graphic arts? Do you think ethical responsibilities fall on the shoulders of the artist, the client/company stakeholder or both?
Ethics are the values you choose by which you shape your work, how you interact with people and choose projects. It also extends to respecting the works and rights of others and treating your clients and associates fairly and honestly.
I believe ethical responsibilities fall on the shoulder of both the artist and the client/company stakeholder – if either the artist or the stakeholder do not display the ethical values and responsibilities the other has, then working together should be reconsidered.
Have you ever used your work as a tool for advocacy or to bring awareness to a specific topic negatively impacting society?
Yes, very recently. I believe that all areas in the world should strongly support their local farmers. I feel that not doing so, negatively impacts many local communities and regions, and does not support.
Far Vision’s goal is to create and produce original concepts for games, toys, apparel, comics and books. They want to help others achieve success and happiness in their lives by supporting worthy causes.
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