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GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Daily Tasks
Designers plan and create visuals that communicate a message. Examples include books, magazines, brochures, displays, posters and electronic mediums (such as web design, video presentations, and multimedia products).
Skills/Talents
Creativity is essential to good design. Designers need excellent communication skills and the ability to solve problems in unique and creative ways. The Designer provides art direction to photographers and illustrators, understands printing, is skilled in the software necessary to create images and designs, estimates costs and bills jobs, and consults with customers directly about their projects. Designers must be flexible, resourceful, and possess strong project management skills while effectively meeting deadlines under pressure.
Work Setting
Designers work in an office environment where teamwork is very important. They are also required to attend meetings with clients and other staff throughout the campus.
Work Hours
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some off-hour shift requirements for special projects or travel.
Education
Requires a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design or Design Technology from an accredited University, College or School of Design. Two-year minimum employment experience (portfolio required for review) is necessary.
Qualifications
Must have a thorough knowledge of typography, color theory, proportion and balance, photographic and computer imaging techniques, exhibit/display knowledge, and experience with design-specific computer software.
Recommended High School Classes
college prep, word processing, computer applications, drafting, art and fine arts, photography, marketing, communications, advanced math, humanities, and psychology
Minnesota Median Salary
$20.25/hour ($42,282/yr)
Graphic Designer
REAL LIFE
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