Graphic Designer

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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
  • signage
  • 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 … ?

  • creative?
  • 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.

Visit the link below to find other institutions that offer courses to study Graphic Design:

http://www.ericadesigns.co.za/2010/08/25/where-to-study-graphic-design-in-south-africa

 

OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Tattoo Artist,Textile Designer and Jewellery Designer

Is becoming a Graphic Designer the right career choice for me? 

 

20.01.2015 Posted on Facebook

 

 


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