Join Jim Heid for an in-depth discussion in this video Essential skills for the creative professional, part of Creative Pro Careers: Staying Ahead.
- In the previous movies I mentioned that today's creative professionals often end up wearing many hats. As your career progresses, you might find that your collection of creative hats needs to grow. In other words, you'll probably have to learn new skills to keep up with new tools, new technologies, and new business opportunities. The best way to set yourself up for this constant cycle of learning is to master the skill of creativity itself. It's the base that you'll build on as you pursue various fields and grow as a creative pro. Now, creativity isn't some rare skill or external force or something that only lucky people are born with.
It's a habit that can be learned and exercised every day. To help you build that foundation, check out Stefan Mumaw's Creativity Bootcamp. This course guides you through five interactive training exercises for boosting your creative output. To further build up your creative core, you might also want to watch Stefan's Brainstorming Basics. To help you turn those ideas into concepts you can present to a client or other stakeholder, we have a course called Developing Ideas and Design Concepts.
And because every creative pro gets stuck now and then, our course called Breaking Out of a Rut can help you get unstuck. Once you have your creative ideas, you'll need to execute on them. Before you pick up a mouse, you might want to pick up a pencil. Seriously. One of the most important skills for creatives today is the ability to draw and sketch out ideas before jumping onto the computer. Our Drawing Foundation series of courses will help sharpen your visual skills and help you learn how to translate the world and your ideas onto a sheet of paper.
If drawing is a big part of your creative output, you might want to learn to draw using digital devices, like the popular Wacom family of tablets. Drawing with a tablet's pen feels more natural and is more wrist-friendly than drawing with a mouse, which is why creative pros of all kinds use Wacom tablets for everything from illustration to page layout to photo manipulation and retouching. And if digital illustration ends up being one of your creative offerings, you'll want to learn Adobe Illustrator. It's the leading software for creating scalable vector graphics.
Those are graphics that can be resized, scaled, without getting pixelated and distorted. Next up, some core design skills. We'll look at graphic design in more detail in the next movie, but no matter what creative fields you explore, you'll need at least a basic understanding of color and composition in order to refine your ideas. Our Color Foundations course takes you through the basics of color theory and shows how to use color to tell a story. And our course called Layout and Composition Foundations shows how to arrange elements in ways that look good and communicate your ideas effectively.
And finally, there's the other half of the learning equation: being inspired by the work of other creative pros. Seeing how other people approach creative challenges and often push the envelope along the way is an invigorating part of the learning process. To fuel your inspiration, we have dozens of amazing short documentaries on everything from large scale art, to projection mapping, to logo design, photography and video effects, and a whole lot more. The things we've looked at in this video are just a sampling of the core skills that every creative pro should have.
Every creative medium has its own combination of tools, foundational skills, and specialized skills. And it's those tools and skills that we'll look at in the rest of this course.
- Identifying essential creative professional skills
- Reviewing different creative tools
- Learning about the field of graphic design
- Working in the photography and video fields
- Working with audio and music
- Reviewing motion graphics and 3D animation
- Working in UX and web design