What does a graphic designer do?
This could be for all kinds of purposes, from advertisements to product packaging. Working as a graphic designer would include:
- discussing the requirements of the project (the brief) with clients and colleagues
- providing costs for the project
- choosing the most suitable materials and style
- producing rough sketches or computer visuals to show the client
- using specialist computer software to prepare designs
- producing a final layout with exact specifications for typefaces, letter size and colors
- working to budgets and deadlines
This role may also involve producing 3D designs for packaging, exhibitions and displays.
What do YOU need to do to become a graphic designer?
To become a graphic designer, you will need to have IT and drawing skills. You’ll need to be able to find practical solutions to problems. You’ll also need excellent communication skills.
Most professional graphic designers have a foundation degree in graphic design or other art and design-based subject. You will also need a working knowledge of desktop design software, such as Illustrator and image-editing packages such as Photoshop. If you want to know the details of these, then contact here.
An employer will be as interested in your design skills and creative ideas as they are in your qualifications. Talent and personal contacts (networking) are very important for getting work. You will need to have an up-to-date portfolio to show potential employers what you can do. Don’t be afraid to use your design skills (where appropriate) to make your CV stand out.
Unpaid work experience, holiday jobs and internships will give you the chance to develop your portfolio, make contacts and impress employers. You could also create a website to showcase your work.