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What Does a Graphic Designer Do?

The creative work of a graphic designer is everywhere you look – from the product packaging you see on grocery store shelves to the billboard advertising a new movie. Using computer software or their hands, graphic designers create eye-catching visual communications to convey information in an effective and aesthetically pleasing way.

Also called graphic artists, they select photos and font types to create designs for advertisements, packaging, logos, websites, posters, brochures and marketing materials. They rely on their design skills to know how the elements best fit together.

Graphic designers often work for publishing, marketing or advertising companies. Many are self-employed. Designers often specialize in a particular area, such as book covers or package design.

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Graphic designers are constantly on the lookout for inspiration to help them create innovative concepts. (Credit: ESB Professional/Shutterstock)
Duties + Responsibilities
  • Discuss the scope of project with client or team member
  • Plan layouts, mock up concepts and refine designs
  • Illustrate concepts and reinforce messages using design skills and layout software 
  • Proofread work
  • Submit work to client for approval
  • Make suggested edits and complete final version
  • Contribute to team efforts by accomplishing tasks as needed
Education + Training

An associate or bachelor’s degree in graphic design, web design, art, animation or a related field is typically required. A degree may not be required if you have highly developed computer skills, with a mastery of applications such as Photoshop, InDesign or Illustrator. Designers also gain experience through internships.

Designers showcase their talent by developing a portfolio, a collection of work that demonstrates their style, creativity and ability. Employers rely heavily on a designer's portfolio when hiring. Continuing education and staying up to date on technology is essential to remain competitive.

You May Be a Good Fit for This Position If You
  • Are creative and able to express ideas artistically
  • Are good at managing multiple tasks and meeting deadlines
  • Have good analytical skills
  • Are detail-oriented
  • Have strong computer skills
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Are self-motivated

Job Type Training Programs

Graphic Designer training in your area


Web Design/Development, A.A.S.

Phoenix College
Phoenix (0.0 Miles)

Mobile Game Development Certificate

Wake Technical Community College
Raleigh (0.0 Miles)

Graphic Design, Graphic Design, A.A.S.

Montgomery College
Rockville (0.0 Miles)

Multimedia Specialist, CTS

Bossier Parish Community College
Bossier City (0.0 Miles)

2D Animation Certificate Certificate of Achievement

Cypress College
Cypress (0.0 Miles)

Media & Communication Arts - Design & Layout, A.A.S.

Macomb Community College
Warren (0.0 Miles)

Graphics and Prepress Short Certificate

Lawson State Community College
Birmingham (0.0 Miles)

Graphic and Interactive Design, A.S.

Valencia College
Orlando (0.0 Miles)
Cuyahoga Community College

Visual Communication & Design with a concentration in Illustration, A.A.S.

Cuyahoga Community College
Brunswick (0.0 Miles)

Multimedia Communications - Web and Interactive Design, A.A.S.

Peninsula College
Port Angeles (0.0 Miles)

Digital Media Arts ( Graphic Design, Digital Photgraphy), A.A.S.

Central Arizona College
Coolidge (0.0 Miles)

Computer Science Technology: Web Design, A. A. S.

BridgeValley Community and Technical College
South Charleston (0.0 Miles)
Pauline Lu, graphic designer ambassador for SkillPointe
Meet Ambassador Pauline Lu

"For an artist or designer, a high level of creativity and ambition usually comes naturally," says Pauline Lu. "But the willingness to take critique, be flexible and work together with a team is what makes someone good at this job."

She’s got more smart advice for anyone who thinks they want to be a graphic designer.

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