Graphic Designer job description

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The role of a graphic designer is important in the world of commerce in that these professionals utilise creative talents and training to communicate messages in an effective visual manner. Companies of all types utilise graphic design solutions in numerous platforms, ranging from websites to books to packaging, displays and adverts
Creative flair is essential for successful applicants in this field. The job typically involves producing layouts and sketches, selecting photography and artwork, and using computer software to compile designs or create additional imagery or animation. Designers often work from a client brief and may work with clients directly in the conceptual and development stages of a project
Successful individuals working in this role typically hold a bachelor’s degree in the field in addition to post-graduate training in specific programmes and technical areas required for the trade
The salary for a graphic designer in the UK ranges from about £15,000 for entry-level posts to about £30,000 for seasoned individuals.

Description

Graphic Designers are required to produce and bring to life client’s requirements and messages through high visual impact images and design projects. They can work for various sectors including computer games, advertising, books and magazines, websites, packaging, exhibitions, corporate identity, etc. These professionals need to use software packages related to multimedia and industry standard graphics.

A Graphic Designer usually performs many of the following tasks:
• Presenting options for design projects.
• Amending details according to client’s needs.
• Preparing designs to be sent to print.
• Estimating time and costs.
• Creating final designs according to budget and deadline.

Skills

• Being flexible and creative.
• Having high attention to details.
• Being able to work alone or with a team.
• Being patient.
• Having multitasking skills.
• Being well organised.
• Having IT and math skills.
• Having good written and spoken communication abilities.
• Having time management skills.
• Being able to work to strict deadlines.

Education

Graphic Designer jobs do not require specific academic qualifications, but most people working on this area have a diploma or degree related to this subject. Among useful degrees for this area are fine art, graphic design, illustration, 3D design, photography, visual art, among others.

Some students have a foundation diploma in art and design for one year and then apply for a diploma or degree course. Entry requirements for these courses are generally A levels/H grades and five GCSE´s/S grades (A-C/1-3) or equivalent qualifications.

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