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How to become a Graphic Designer

Graphic Designer
avg. starting salary

Always being told that doodling at work won’t get the job done? Try telling that to a Graphic Designer… Graphic Designers create and develop visual concepts. This could range from producing artwork or marketing brochures, through to helping with company logos and website design. Wherever there’s a brand in desperate need of some creative flair, a Graphic Designer is never far behind. Typical duties for a Graphic Designer could include:
  • Gathering a creative brief from a client, stating the projects objectives
  • Coming up with concepts to help meet those demands
  • Using a range of different mediums (sketches, photos, wireframes, digital designs) to bring their ideas to life
  • Making tweaks and amendments to designs based on client recommendations
  • Objectivity, and the ability to see the ‘big picture’
  • Present the final versions back to the clients for business approval

To become a Graphic Designer, it almost goes without saying that you’ll need a good level of creativity. You’ll need to be able to come up with ideas for a wide range of different projects, so if you often find inspiration lacking this may not be the job for you. However, contrary to popular belief, excellent drawing skills are not necessarily essential, and your ideas should not be limited to your skillset. Many Graphic Designers rely on digital design techniques to help get their job done, and may only use sketchpads to help develop rough concepts. A complete aversion to Comic Sans preferred, but not essential for this role.
    • A good eye for colour and form
    • Visual thinking skills
    • Problem solving skills
    • Adaptability, especially when shaping your ideas to meet client demands
    • Excellent attention to detail s


Junior Graphic Designer

Up to £20,000

Graphic Designer

Up to £30,000

Head Of Design

Up to £40,000

"I've worked in design for around five years, and I honestly can’t imagine doing anything else. Basically, this job is all about making things look good. Coming up with creative ideas can be tough, and your designs won’t always work, but it’s a great feeling to see something you've made finally go into production. I've helped design websites, marketing brochures, and even album covers since I started, and I now work freelance from home for a range of different companies. If you’re obsessed with photography, typography, and design done properly, you can’t go wrong as a Graphic Designer."

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