Profession graphic designer

Graphic designers design information content for visual and audio communication, publication and display using print, electronic, digital and other forms of visual and audio media. They create special effects or other visual images for use in computer games, movies, music videos, print media and advertisements.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Investigative
  • Artistic / Realistic

Related professions graphics

  • Bookbinding machine operator
  • Printing engraver or etcher

Knowledge

  • Graphic design

    The techniques to create a visual representation of ideas and messages.

  • Desktop publishing

    The creation of documents using page layout skills on a computer. Desktop publishing software can generate layouts and produce typographic quality text and images.

  • Copyright legislation

    Legislation describing the protection of the rights of original authors over their work, and how others can use it.

Skills

  • Design graphics

    Apply a variety of visual techniques in order to design graphic material. Combine graphical elements to communicate concepts and ideas.

  • Translate requirement concepts into visual design

    Develop visual design from given specifications and requirements, based on the analysis of the scope and target audience. Create a visual representation of ideas such as logos, website graphics, digital games and layouts.

  • Respect publication formats

    Submit text material for printing purposes. Always respect the required and expected publication formats.

  • Perform market research

    Gather, assess and represent data about target market and customers in order to facilitate strategic development and feasibility studies. Identify market trends.

  • Identify customer's needs

    Use appropriate questions and active listening in order to identify customer expectations, desires and requirements according to product and services.

  • Use creative suite software

    Use a creative software suite such as ''Adobe'' to aid in graphic designing.

  • Follow a brief

    Interpret and meet requirements and expectations, as discussed and agreed upon with the customers.

  • Convert scribbles into virtual sketches

    Use software to convert the roughly drawn representation of a design into a two-dimensional geometrical sketch that they can further develop to obtain the final concept.

  • Adapt to type of media

    Adapt to different types of media such as television, movies, commercials, and others. Adapt work to type of media, scale of production, budget, genres within type of media, and others.

  • Finish project within budget

    Make sure to stay within budget. Adapt work and materials to budget.

  • Develop creative ideas

    Developing new artistic concepts and creative ideas.

  • Design prototypes

    Design prototypes of products or components of products by applying design and engineering principles.

Optional knowledge and skills

graphics editor software apply 3d imaging techniques synfig develop animations aesthetics edit digital moving images use photographic equipment create 3d characters gimp motion graphics 3d lighting use traditional illustration techniques sketchbook pro 3d modelling use digital illustration techniques digital compositing microsoft visio apply desktop publishing techniques create animated narratives create advertisements create moving images create 3d environments operate 3d computer graphics software advertising techniques adobe photoshop use cad software photography brainstorm ideas adobe illustrator edit negatives meet expectations of target audience manage contracts edit photographs publishing industry draw design sketches

Common job titles

  • New media graphics coordinator
  • Junior graphic designer
  • Graphics designer - direct solicitation – development communications
  • Creative coordinator
  • Junior designer
  • Graphic designer
  • Junior graphic designer needed
  • Scientific/medical illustrator
  • Advisor, graphics design
  • Graphic designer