Graphic Designer – The Generalist & The Specialist

Recently, I came across a job ad which caught my attention . The job title states “Graphic Designer” but what was detailed on the job description had left me wondering. The responsibilities involves video editing and programming, aside from the usual conceptualization of artworks and liaising with clients.

During my campus days, Visual Communication students who are primarily taught graphic design skills were not trained to do video editing let alone programming. I was a Multimedia student and had the chance to learn Audio & Video Production but no programming modules. I learn Macromedia Freehand which later evolved to Adobe Illustrator which I had to self learn.

But that was 13 years ago.

So what has changed the graphic design world so much that it requires one to do more than what he/she is required?

Firstly, there are 2 types of designers – the generalist and the specialist. I happen to be in the generalist category. The generalist tend to have different software competencies for example video editing, illustration, animation, story boarding, live hand sketching.

However, there is nothing wrong in being a specialist. This group of people are really good at what they are doing and are comfortable to just stay in their specialization. They often work in big design studios where every project has other specialists who are masters of their own fields. Frankly speaking, I can’t find a decorated designer who are a top generalist. We are actually good at 1 thing but along the way we pick up stuffs and learn to adapt. No man is an island.

That being said, small design studios are cutting down on manpower; meaning all staffs are employed on contract basis or freelance basis. They might hire a full time staff with multiple talents such as a video editing background who can also do HTML programming. Sounds familiar? But these additional skills that one possessed are acquired thru either self learn or on the job ( mostly freelance jobs, with little or no pay ).

I wonder if schools had prepared adequately on their curriculum to better suit the job environment. It will be too late then if the students were to have a slow start upon graduation and failed to get the job that they want. Then again, schools can only do so much. Attachments to design studios can be rewarding if only the students are given design-related tasks instead of some paper-clipping or data entry.

Currently, I had been taking up basic programming courses primarily HTML5. Till then, I am sticking to my comfort zone (or have I transcend to another level?). Ooh the endless lifelong learning!




After a year of absence in the blogging world, I realized that it is time to unpause and press the play button.

I have been busy Instagram-ing and Facebook-ing, catching up with friends, attending courses and most importantly, planning my wedding for this December.

I might say that it is becoming more and more difficult these days to just spend 2 hours taking photos and spending time alone. But no matter what, I must persevere and relight my fire (cheesy as that sounds).

Was thinking of capturing some nature shots or some street photography. Well…anything at his point.

For now, here is a picture I shot somewhere in Orchard Road last year (or the previous year). B & W edit to potray purity and stillness.

Till then, catch up soon peeps! :)

Location: Orchard Road, Singapore
© 2015 Sallehuddin Hussain

Symmetry in Life


Symmetry in Life. What is it?

Towards a healthy and productive work-life balance.
No amount of money can make one happy.
Give more, take less.
Shut your mouth if you have nothing good to say.
Listen more.
Do Good Things for yourself and for others.
Don’t be mad by others’ opinions about your religion.
Being just happy is not enough, it has to mean something.

Look into the mirror and criticize yourself, not others.

Lastly, be a human being. That could be “it” – the symmetry in life. :)

Writings and Photo by Sallehuddin Hussain.

A Foodie


Sometimes I love to share food photos. It is only natural as we live to consume…or is it we consume to live?

For this shot, I love how the donut stands out and dead centered. At the same time, the background reflected shadows composing the entire image into a warmer and morning breakfast feeling.

Photo taken using Iphone 5S.

Daily Work: Photo Edit

Sometimes as a graphic designer, you are required to edit photos in a jiffy. I took around 1-2 hours to edit the photo below. Then again I thought that I can revisit this next time and improve it.

It’s like an artist with a painting artwork, nothing is finished. :)



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A Walk by the Park

It is always a breeze to walk by the park on Sundays. Somehow I feel recharged and poised as the sunset rays bathed onto the greenery. Nevertheless, I dedicate this post to the families who are worried sick of the missing MAS plane MH370.

We can only hope that things will be back to normal and pray for the best.

the silent walk
the silent walk
Darul Makmur Mosque
Darul Makmur Mosque

Location: Yishun, Singapore
All rights reserved. ©2014 Sallehuddin Hussain.