“Do you have expertise or interests in other walks of design that have spawned due to working with clients in those fields?”
“Of course. Through design, my appreciation of visual art and the arts in general has grown exponentially. Like most designers, I love type and taught myself to make a typeface from scratch. I now know increasing amounts about web development, user experience, print, environmental design, photography, animation, et cetera. I think it’s an inevitable part of the design process and the curious minds it attracts.” – Ben Crick, Collins (Room Essentials)
In comparison to the first point from Jowey above, leaning into other skill sets as a result of working within necessary fields is inevitable. As far as influence goes, necessary. And for context, essential. Whilst I don’t feel graphic designers should know how to code or animate (or whatever), it’s amongst the most important of skills to be knowledgable of how those fields work, so designing for them and working alongside those who excel in those fields is seamless. Understanding limitations and also possibilities of these areas actively brings new conceptual thinking to the table, which wouldn’t exist otherwise. Perspective is a powerful tool that makes the graphic design machine well oiled.