A person who uses the elements of art to communicate a business message. A graphic designer’s work is seen every day in the different kinds of ads found in newspapers, magazines, online, and so on. These skills are needed not only in marketing, but also in packaging, software user interfaces and consumer product design.
Education is usually achieved through a bachelor’s degree, or design school training. Some designers are self-trained but schools provide access to many more tools you may need to learn.
Computer skills, artistic skills and creativity are all utilized in graphic design. It is also critical a designer is sensitive to deadlines and has the ability to manage time in such a way that client and project objectives are completed on time.
The wage level of graphic designers is in the middle range for entry level positions with similar education. There is also potential for graphic designers to make money entrepreneurially. Many small businesses and organizations do not need full time designers, but they do need project work. These organizations often tap freelance (self-employed) graphic designers to help in these projects.
The My Future Story logo at the top of this page was created by a graphic designer.
Building a portfolio of work and making it available to potential employers or clients online is an important way for most graphic designers to get work. It should be constantly updated and show a wide variety of examples.