What advice would you give to a student hoping to become an animator?
Like I had mentioned earlier, observe things around you everyday, every moment. Everything around us has some good design element or colours. Observe other people’s work and other creative works – not just animations, but fashion, web design, print media, automobile design. You never know what will inspire you. And get trained in a proper institute or college which offers a two to three year course. The course should cover modules on design and creativity and not just teach you about how to manipulate software.
Melonnie Manohar, pursuing a post-graduate degree at the National Institute of Design (NID) in Bangalore and currently interning at HeyMath!
What does your role entail?
I design products that make mathematics more interesting and less scary. My job is to make our products more user-friendly and hassle-free. In this manner I ensure that our customers spend more time learning from our products rather than trying to figure out how to use them. I also make our products visually appealing and ensure that the information is structured properly.
What qualifications and skills do you consider to be vital for an aspiring designer?
Well, as in any design career, I feel that creativity is the most important attribute. Analytical skills are also extremely vital. You can be from any background if you want to do a course in design. All you need is the aptitude. In my time at NID I have observed that people from an engineering background have better analytical skills, whereas people with a fine arts background have better visualisation abilities. You can take up a design course fresh out of high school or after completing your undergraduate degree.
What is the best part about your job?
I had been working for about three and a half years with Infosys when I began to feel that the work was a bit monotonous and my creativity was not being channellised. So I quit and sought a way to combine my designing skills with my technical knowledge. I decided to study design at NID and pursue a career in design where I feel there is more scope for innovation. So this exploitation of creativity and the need to constantly innovate – this is what I love about my job!
What are some of the challenges you’ve faced?
As I haven’t undergone any formal training earlier my graphic skills are not all that great. So most of the times I need to sit with the content developer or graphic designer when I work.