Interview with a Graphic Designer

May 10th, 2011 by Clifford

Gabriel Solomons is the in-house graphic designer for Intellect. He got into graphic design through graphic novels and comic books. This later translated into advertising. He advises that in order to be an effective teacher of graphic design you must evaluate the learners and understand what information they need to be able to be successful.

A Bigger Graphic Design Vision

It is Solomon’s vision to see Intellect move in an innovative design direction. Successful companies focus on strengths and he wants to do this by moving them into areas like contract publishing and other areas in which they do not focus now, such as art, design, and photography. The areas need to evolve into something more open for a wider audience. To work in a constantly evolving field like graphic design go to USCollegeSearch.org and select graphic design in the by degree section.

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Becoming A Graphic Designer: The Importance of Education

May 10th, 2011 by Clifford

The exciting field of commercial graphic design has evolved significantly with the development of new technologies and software. Whether someone is seriously committed to the idea of pursuing this career or simply considering it, understanding how an advanced degree contributes to developing critical skills in the field is the first step towards becoming a graphic design professional.

Being Competitive in the Design Job Market

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Pursuing a higher level college degree in graphic design ensures that aspiring designers will be competent and as well as competitive in the job market. Advanced degrees in professional graphic design emphasize an education based upon several critical areas of learning. Students learn how to use software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, QuarkXpress and other technically based software tools. The focus on software education secures that a future designer’s skills remain current and that they are technically capable of creating projects with the latest tools of the trade. Students also learn fundamental design elements at the advanced degree level that are based upon developing artistic ability. These courses can range from photography to life drawing.

Most importantly, a college level education ensures that graduates are adequately prepared to deal with clients in a business setting by teaching them basic principles of presentation and fostering a sense of overall professionalism. To get started on your design education path do a college search and find the right graphic design college.

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Graphic Designers’ Average Salaries

May 10th, 2011 by Clifford

 

Median annual wages for graphic designers were $42,400 in May 2008 and can make around $95,000 if they are partners or owners of a firm. However, some particularly noted graphic designers do make significantly more money.

How much money a graphic designer makes depends on a variety of factors. First, your geographic location, and the location of your clients, may have an impact on how much money you are offered for graphic design assignments. Next, the kind of assignments you are accepting and the kind you are proficient in will also have a significant bearing on your salary. Finally, your experience and reputation can also have a great impact on your earnings.

Working as an Freelance Graphic Designer

Also working as an independent graphic designer or a person who works within a graphic design organization can have a great impact on one’s working life. Working as an independent graphic designer allows one to deal directly with the decision-makers at client organizations without going through middlemen who might distort client requirements and otherwise impede communication between a designer and his or her clients. Direct access to clients may also help to build a graphic designer’s reputation and thus have a positive impact on what he or she is paid for assignments.

Also presenting potential graphic designs to a client is very important. While some graphic designers present a variety of designs to a client and ask him or her to choose. The designer should also explain the process behind their design, why it was designed, and why it is the best option. A good client will be open to this kind of communication, and a client who communicates freely will only help graphic designers do their best work. If your best work is in graphic design go to USCollegeSearch.org and select graphic design in the by degree section.

 

All wage and salary statistics gathered from the U.S Dept. of Labor/Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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