Multimedia Designer Jobs & Legalities

In the multimedia world , there are several different descriptions and job roles. This provides  a wide selection or options, I believe for anyone entering this field. But first, one has to be trained and qualify for such roles.

One of the creative roles mentioned are,  The Creative director or  otherwise refer to as the design director.  This person is the creative head of a design firm, advertising agency or an in-house corporate design department. The responsibilities of this person  include the development of graphic design, communication and industrial design, advertising, communications, and industrial design publications.

The art director is another role  and oversees and establishes the conceptual and stylistic direction for design staff and orchestrates their work, as well as the work of production artists, photographers, illustrators, prepress technicians, production artists, photographers, illustrators, prepress technicians, printer, and anyone else who is involved in the development of a printer and  development of a project. The art director generally selects vendors and, and sometimes act as the creator director that makes the final decision on the creative piece.

A senior designer directs the work of one or more junior designers . His or her role includes  generate comps and create layouts and final art .The senior designer is responsible for conceptualization and design of solution from concept to concept  to completion. In some firms,  senior designers do not manage staff but are designated “senior” because of their authority in design decision-making.

A designer is another of the many different roles that could be filled in a multimedia designer.In this role, one is responsible for conceptualization and design of graphic application such as collateral material, environmental graphics, books and magazines, corporate identity, film titling and multimedia interfaces. from concept to completion.

A print  production artist involves  working  with and understanding of layout, type, and color. This person should be able to hear and produce the ideas and follow the instructions of a designer. Should be able  to create a complete layout, working proficiently in InDesign, QuarkXPress, Photoshop, and illustrator. Responsibilities also include producing final files that image properly to film. For more information Click Here


First I would like to define the definition of copyright.  It is basically the right to  stop other people from copying, publishing or adapting your creative work without your permission. Copyright laws were designed to avoid people copying your original work.

The only one that has the legal right to copy a publishing, for example, `is the original owner. The owner of the copyright in an original work  has the exclusive right to copy it, publish, it, display it, distribute it, or make new works from it.

A number of these things may be protected by trademarks. But it will be the client and not the designer, who will be entitled to apply for a trademark.

Statues  are defined as written law passed by a legislature by the state or federal government. Patents are covered by statutes. Statutes can be changed or appealed.

A Disclaimer is a statement or a document that removes one from being legally responsible and protect one from lawsuits. In technology is letting readers aware that information published is sometimes the author’s opinion.  No matter how much work is put in for the accuracy of any information, there is always room for errors, not timely updated information. Therefore a disclaimer is necessary to inform the public or the reader one is not reliable for misleading information. If you want to know more about disclaimer Click Here.

Stock photos are professional photographs of landmarks, nature, events or people. These photos are owned by the designer. The designer is paid by the royalties so these photos use  can be used commercially so long as one follows the agreements. Stock photos  save a designer or a company  on cost and time as they can use the same images over and over again. To get more information about stock photos Click Here.

Even though we live in a free country, we do not have the right to take pictures of people and private properties without permission. These are granted through the signing of releases. There is a difference, though, if the photo is taken in public and is not used to sell a product.  Pictures use to promote a product or an idea needs a signed release from the one being photographed. Photography release forms are available online. It is advised that a photographer should always have on hand photography release forms so that they will be able to obtain permission at a moment’s notice. If one plans to publish photographs of any adult, the person has to first sign a general release form before you are able to publish these pictures on any website or magazines. Children or under age minor cannot sign release forms.  Release forms would have to be signed by their parents or their guardians.

If you do not  ever want to end up  in court or being sued or beaten up by securities then you should be clear where and of whom you can photograph. We are faced with a lot of threats from terrorists which make one an easy suspect if one walks around with a camera taking government buildings and their layouts. One can be arrested if security personnel decided that one is  a national threat.

Shopping malls are examples of public places that one would feel they have the rights to shoot pictures freely.  However, if a security guard or some representative of the mall security team approaches you and  asks you to stop, you have to cooperate and stop. Even though malls are open to the public, they are private buildings and the owners or administrators have the right to stop anyone from taking  pictures on their premises.

It is completely illegal to take a photograph in any courtroom of any person, be it the accused, the judge, a juror, or a witness. In the courtroom, one can do drawings or sketches of the people in the courtroom, but never photographs. This why  TV news always shows trial drawings and not actual pictures. One can also be charged with a  criminal offense for   videotaping  or photographing any criminal proceeding. To get more information where you can or cannot take picture Click here.



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