Visual Effects & Motion Graphics
Multimedia Graphics Designer for the Orange County, California Water District
The Art Institute of California—Orange County, a campus of Argosy University
While I wanted to specifically graduate as a motion graphics designer, my instructors taught me that I needed to be well rounded in as many disciplines as I could. Tyler Crossno , Multimedia Graphics Designer for the Orange County, California Water District Bachelor of Science in Visual Effects & Motion Graphics, 2016 , The Art Institute of California—Orange County, a campus of Argosy University
Tyler Crossno is a multimedia graphics designer for the Orange County, California Water District. He designs and develops multimedia-based layouts, graphics, animation, video, and sound for use in presentations, video productions, multimedia programs, online tutorials, websites, CDs, DVDs, and print media.
At the Orange County Water District, Tyler is the only person doing design work. He says a typical day can involve everything from designing graphics to editing pictures and video or updating interactive content. He also goes into the field to shoot video and photos. He is solo in his office, so he often listens to audiobooks at work. “When I am reviewing my work with others, I am very honest and I like to explain my choices as a designer to see what they think. A fresh set of eyes can really make a difference.”
Tyler says that his biggest artistic challenge is creating something from nothing. “Staring with a blank canvas, with little instruction and nothing in my brain, while under a strict deadline is absolutely terrifying [to me]. Because my greatest strength is my technical skills, I use this to generate ideas. [I just need to] get some type of composition going and then the ideas start to flow from there.” He adds that to be fully committed to this industry, it’s important to dive in head-first. “You can follow a tutorial, listen along in class, and recreate what you are learning, but that will only teach you how to do that specific technique. I found that taking the time to play around and tinker in a program [allowed me to] learn my own methods and think differently.”
Tyler says that he’s been preparing for this job his entire life. “From when I was a kid, I wanted to work to help the environment. [In my current position], I helped to create a series of trading cards for characters that we use in our outreach program, 'O.C. Water Heroes.' This program teaches kids how to save water and protect the environment. This past summer, my trading cards were in the hands of over 5,000 kids. From teaching children, to developing fact sheets and publishing recorded meetings to help educate the public, I really feel like I'm making a difference in our world.”
Tyler, who in 2016 earned a Bachelor of Science in Visual Effects & Motion Graphics from The Art Institute of California—Orange County, says that his education prepared him to be well-rounded in his career. “I wear many hats at work, so my adaptability is always challenged. I welcome the new projects whole-heartedly.”
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