A graphic designer produces visual solutions to communications problems using a mix of creativity and knowledge of the commercial world. Designers need an imagination, an awareness of the current "fads" in the visual art world, knowledge of the latest computer programs and an understanding of material cost and deadlines. Mediums and media are selected according to the client's wishes.
There are many jobs for a graphic designer to do. They create and produce images and logos, create layouts for magazines, newsletters, newspapers, brochures, and other print pieces, coordinate for production of print pieces, create layouts for websites and digital newsletters or email advertising, create promotional displays including signs and signage systems for public exhibition, and produce credits for TV and film. A Graphic Designer needs to be able to interpret a clients business needs. They have to think creatively to produce new ideas and they must use innovation to redo a design to meet the constraints of cost, deadlines, and the wishes of the client.
Deadlines are very important in the graphic design world. A graphic designer needs to produce accurate and high quality work, and they need to be able to multi task, as most often they will be working on more than one project at one time. Also, they need to be efficient at programs like Adobe Photoshop, illustrator, InDesign, etc. as a lot of today's graphic design is created on the computer.
A career in Graphic Design is extremely competitive but is also extremely rewarding financially. About 1/3 of graphic designers own their own business. The job outlook for graphic designers is expected to grow about as fast as average through 2014. it is going up because of all the emphasis that producers are placing on visual appearance of products, advertising, and marketing. It is also going...