Working from agreed design briefs, graphic designers use text and images to communicate information and ideas.
Graphic designers/artists design graphics for use in media products such as videos, labels, advertising, and signage.
Typical activities include:
- Developing concepts, graphics and layouts for product illustrations, company logos, and websites
- Determining size and arrangement of illustrative material and copy, and font style and size
- Preparing rough drafts of material based on an agreed brief
- Reviewing final layouts and suggesting improvements if required
- Liaising with external printers on a regular basis to ensure deadlines are met and material is printed to the highest quality
Key skills for graphic designers
- Excellent IT skills, especially with design and photo-editing software
- Exceptional creativity and innovation
- Excellent time management and organisational skills
- Accuracy and attention to detail
- An understanding of the latest trends and their role within a commercial environment
- Professional approach to time, costs and deadlines
Qualifications and training required
While entry is open to non-graduates, preference will be given to those with relevant degrees. A degree in graphic design is advantageous although other art and design subjects will be accepted.
You will need work experience and a portfolio of work to show. This can be obtained through internships and passion work. We expect a good knowledge of design software, such as PhotoShop, InDesign or Illustrator plus photo-editing software.