What is a Graphic Designer?
The job of a Graphic Designer is to create original design solutions to promote or market a particular product, service or idea.
A good Graphic Designer has a lot of raw, artistic talent, strong communication and marketing skills and knowledge of graphic software packages.
Graphic Designers have a skill-set which include: drawing, illustrating using a variety of techniques, packaging, typography, layout, basic copywriting and graphic computer experience, to name but a few.
Some things a Graphic Designer would design:
- company logos and corporate identities (company ‘look’)
- brochures, posters, banners, flyers, menus,
- annual reports
- exhibition stands
- advertisements for magazines and newspapers
- promotional items (clothes, pens, rulers etc)
- illustrations for books and magazines
- flags etc
What does a Graphic Designer do?
- talks with clients about their product and requirements
- prepares quotations
- researches target markets and trends
- makes sketches by hand then on computer to show client
- stays up to date with new technologies
- pays attention to quality and detail at all times
- meets deadlines!
- communicates well with other creative minds eg architects, photographers, interior designers
- presents their own original work only!
Are you … ?
- organised and neat?
- a person who thinks ‘out-the-box’?
- team player?
- good under pressure?
- willing to work unusually long hours?
- able to keep your ego under control?
- able to take criticism?
- good at communication skills?
- responsible and reliable?
- good at time management?
How do I become a Graphic Designer?
A degree, diploma or certificate is usually considered essential for a graphic design position. These courses vary in length but the average diploma and degree course is 3 years.
Please note that of these institutions will need you to submit a portfolio of your work. It would be best to contact the institution of interest to find out more.
Is becoming a Graphic Designer the right career choice for me?
20.01.2015 Posted on Facebook