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Hello! My name is Barry Muir and I’m the new Head of Graphic Design here at Media Street. Seeing as I’m the new boy I thought I’d write a quick blog story introducing myself and give an insight into how I work.
I’m originally from Scotland, but have lived in the South of England for nearly a quarter of a century now, and must say, I feel completely settled here. I studied Graphic Design in Surrey and had my first graphics job there too, before moving down to sunny old Devon. I’ve now worked for a few different organisations and feel I have gained valuable experience from each one along the way.
Whether I’ve been using a Mac or a PC, the Adobe range of programs has always been my first choice. I used them alongside Quark XPress back in the day when it was the industry standard desktop publishing program and then migrated to Adobe InDesign nearly a decade ago.
Nowadays, I use InDesign for around 80 – 90% of my work, including Web Design. I feel completely comfortable using it and I can do things quickly, without having to think about it too much. This is probably because it’s what I’ve used the most, but I also think it’s because InDesign has evolved to cater for nearly all of my needs. I used to use Adobe Illustrator a lot more, but I now feel comfortable using InDesign for creating lots of vector graphics and logos etc. Below are a few examples of my work since joining the Media Street team.
Don’t get me wrong, I still love using Illustrator and Photoshop and they definitely still have their place, but it’s easier and saves time if you don’t have to swap between programs and save different types of files before importing them!
Now that I’m Head of Graphics at Media Street I’m still using InDesign a lot but in a slightly different way. I’m using it mainly for web design now whereas previously I worked with graphic designers who were using Photoshop for web design (but it always seemed a bit clunky to me) especially for text and if you want to move things around quickly it can be very frustrating.
If you have any questions or matters that you think I might be able to help with, then please feel free to get in touch with me here at Media Street – just ask for Barry.