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Graphic Design

Definition

Graphic design involves arranging art and copy layouts of visual communications media such as books, magazines, newspapers, television, and packaging.
 
Job Titles to Consider

 

Advertiser
Art Director
Audio-Visual Presentation
Book Designer
Computer Graphic Designer
Corporate Designer
Digital and Interactive Designer
Editorial Artist
Environmental Graphic Designer
Exhibition Designer
Fashion Illustrator
Film and Video Designer
Graphic Designer Professor
Illustrator 
Industrial Designer
Layout Artist
Magazine Designer
Marketing
Newspaper Publishing
Package Designer
Photographer
Print Designer
Promotional Designer
Public Relations
Signage Designer
Toy Designer
Web Designer

Can you prove you have the most important skills to hear “You’re Hired”?   

Communication Skills
Communication skills involve active listening, presentation as well as excellent writing capabilities. Can you explain technical concepts to partners, customers and coworkers in a way they will understand?

Computer and Technical Literacy
Today, most jobs require basic competency in computer software.

Interpersonal Skills
The ability to work in teams, relate to people and manage conflict is extremely important in the workplace. How have you done this in the past? What is your conflict management style?

Adaptability
Are you able to adapt to changes and manage multiple tasks? In today’s professional world, the ability to learn new technologies and adjust to changing surroundings is important.

Research Skills
Hiring managers seek employees that are skilled at assessing situations, are able to seek multiple perspectives and gather more in-depth information.

Project Management Skills
Organization, planning and effectively implementing projects are all important skills to an employer. Many companies are choosing not to hire project managers, and are expecting all employees to possess the skills necessary to carry out projects.

Problem-Solving Skills
You need the ability to use creativity, reasoning, past experience, and available resources to resolve issues in any field. Solving problems will save your organization time and money.

Strong Work Ethic
Can you take initiative? Are you reliable? Can you do the job right the first time? Managers don’t have the time watch your every move, so this is a skill that is expected from all employees.

Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence is not a skill that will be listed in a job description. However, it is a highly sought after skill that relates to social skills, social awareness and self-management abilities.

Professional Organizations

American Center for Design
www.ac4d.org

American Institute of Graphic Artists
www.aiga.org

Graphic Artists Guild
www.gag.org

Technical Association of the Graphic Arts
www.taga.org

Additional Sources of Information

Graphic Arts Monthly
www.gammag.com

Graphic Arts Information Network
www.gain.net

Graphic Arts Career Guide
www.khake.com/page27.html

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