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.

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Type: Internship
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Wellesley, MA

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Type: Internship
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Seattle, WA

Brand Design Intern - Summer 2019

Type: Internship
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Santa Monica, CA

Summer Healthcare Consulting Internship

Type: Internship
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Columbus, OH

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Baltimore, MD

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Type: Internship
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Type: Internship
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Type: Internship
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Type: Internship
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Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
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Type: Internship
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UX Researcher

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
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Atlanta, GA

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Type: Internship
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Celebration, FL

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Type: Internship
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Interior Design Student Intern

Type: Internship
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Disney Parks & Resorts Graphic Design Internship-Fall 2019

Type: Internship
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UX Design Intern

Type: Internship
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Seattle, WA

2019 MMGY Global Summer Internship

Type: Internship
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Kansas City, MO

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Type: Internship
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Los Angeles, CA

Intern (Architecture) Buildings Infrastructure Design (Summer 2019)

Type: Internship
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Dallas, TX