2017 Graphic Designers
Median Pay: US$46,900
Entry Level: Bachelor's degree
Summary
Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for various applications such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.
Duties

Graphic designers typically do the following: 

  • Meet with clients or the art director to determine the scope of a project
  • Use digital illustration, photo-editing software, and layout software to create designs
  • Create visual elements such as logos, original images, and illustrations that help deliver a desired message
  • Design layouts and select colors, images, and typefaces to use
  • Present design concepts to clients or art directors
  • Incorporate changes recommended by clients or art directors into final designs
  • Review designs for errors before printing or publishing them

Graphic designers combine art and technology to communicate ideas through images and the layout of websites and printed pages. They may use a variety of design elements to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

Graphic designers work with both text and images. They often select the type, font, size, color, and line length of headlines, headings, and text. Graphic designers also decide how images and text will go together on a print or webpage, including how much space each will have. When using text in layouts, graphic designers collaborate closely with writers who choose the words and decide whether the words will be put into paragraphs, lists, or tables. Through the use of images, text, and color, graphic designers can transform statistical data into visual graphics and diagrams, which can make complex ideas more accessible.

Graphic design is important to marketing and selling products, and is a critical component of brochures and logos. Therefore, graphic designers, also referred to as graphic artists or communication designers, often work closely with people in advertising and promotions, public relations, and marketing.

Frequently, designers specialize in a particular category or type of client. For example, some create the graphics used on retail products packaging, still others may work on the visual designs used on book jackets.

Graphic designers need to keep up to date with the latest software and computer technologies to remain competitive.

Some individuals with a background in graphic design teach in design schools, colleges, and universities. For more information, see the profile on postsecondary teachers.

Interiors Student Intern

Type: Internship
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HOK
Chicago, IL

Survey Intern

Type: Internship
VHB's growing South Burlington, VT team is looking for a Survey Instrument Operator Intern to join our Survey team for the summer of 2019. Candidates must have a valid driver license and a good driving record.VHB's passionate professionals include engineers, surveyors, scientists,...
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VHB
South Burlington, VT

Graduate GIS Specialist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
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Houston, TX

Metro Transit Marketing and Promotions Graduate Intern or Veteran Fellow

Type: Internship
SummaryKing County Metro Transit's Marketing and Promotions team is currently accepting employment applications from interested full-time or part-time graduate students and qualified veterans, for an upcoming student internship or Vets 4 HIRE veteran fellowship, as noted in more detail below....
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Student Intern - Architecture

Type: Internship
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Los Angeles, CA

Student Intern - Architecture

Type: Internship
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Honolulu, HI

Student Intern - Architecture

Type: Internship
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San Francisco, CA

Intern, UX Reseach

Type: Internship
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Hollywood, CA

Student Intern - Interior Design

Type: Internship
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Sacramento, CA

Student Intern - Architecture

Type: Internship
The buildings that make up the landscape of our daily lives seem like permanent fixtures, fastened to a time and place. But what if that didn't have to be true? What if our built environment - where we live, learn, play, and conduct business - carried us forward instead?Our Buildings...
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San Diego, CA

Student Intern - Architecture

Type: Internship
The buildings that make up the landscape of our daily lives seem like permanent fixtures, fastened to a time and place. But what if that didn't have to be true? What if our built environment - where we live, learn, play, and conduct business - carried us forward instead?Our Buildings...
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Sacramento, CA

Student Intern - Interior Design

Type: Internship
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San Francisco, CA

Student Intern - Interior Design

Type: Internship
The buildings that make up the landscape of our daily lives seem like permanent fixtures, fastened to a time and place. But what if that didn't have to be true? What if our built environment - where we live, learn, play, and conduct business - carried us forward instead?Our Buildings...
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Irvine, CA

Design Intern - Summer 2019

Type: Internship
Genuine, a Boston-based Digital Marketing Agency, is seeking a Design Intern to join our team for Summer 2019. Primary responsibilities will include supporting the art directors and designers and working alongside Genuine's user experience and development teams to ensure effective digital...
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Summer Brand Design Intern

Type: Internship
Dialpad's product suite covers the full range of modern business communications needs with Dialpad Talk, Support, Sell, and UberConference. All products are powered by VoiceAI, Dialpad's proprietary technology that helps companies unlock conversation insights, improve productivity and...
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San Francisco, CA

Copywriting Intern

Type: Internship
Innovation Center - Copywriting InternTaylor Corporation is seeking a copywriting intern to join the Taylor Corporation Innovation Center team! We are looking for an innovative, resourceful, energetic, and talented individual who is ready to take the next step towards their career. This is a great...
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Intern

Type: Internship
Currently enrolled in a relevant Masters programMust have a portfolio of your workAvailable to work full time for 12 weeks over the summerHave already completed coursework around Usability Testing and Research Methods, whether as individual courses and/or methods courses like studio."...
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Designer, Entertainment Publishing

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Chronicle Books has an opening for a Designer of Entertainment Publishing who will further our mission to cultivate exceptional products that will resonate with consumers and increase our marketplace reach. A passion for trivia and board games, books, and intellectual properties inspired by pop...
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San Francisco, CA

Proposal Specialist - Intern

Type: Internship
The Proposal Production Specialist completes printing and production activities primarily in support of Federal proposal responses. The candidate will interact with proposal management, proposal consultants, graphic designers, desktop publishers and others to print proposal responses, and related...
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E-Learning Instructional Design Intern

Type: Internship
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