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Working As A Digital Designer

  • Thinking Creatively
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $83,280

    Average Salary

What Does A Digital Designer Do

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 for 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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How To Become A Digital Designer

Graphic designers usually need a bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related field. Candidates for graphic design positions should demonstrate their creativity and originality through a professional portfolio that features their best designs.

Education

A bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related field is usually required. However, those with a bachelor’s degree in another field may pursue technical training in graphic design to meet most hiring qualifications.

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design accredits about 320 postsecondary colleges, universities, and independent institutes with programs in art and design. Most schools include studio art, principles of design, computerized design, commercial graphics production, printing techniques, and website design. In addition, students should consider courses in writing, marketing, and business, all of which are useful in helping designers work effectively on project teams.

High school students interested in graphic design should take basic art and design courses in high school, if the courses are available. Many bachelor's degree programs require students to complete a year of basic art and design courses before being admitted to a formal degree program. Some schools require applicants to submit sketches and other examples of their artistic ability.

Many programs provide students with the opportunity to build a professional portfolio of their designs. For many artists, including graphic designers, developing a portfolio—a collection of design ideas that demonstrates their styles and abilities—is essential because employers rely heavily on a designer’s portfolio in deciding whether to hire the individual.

Graphic designers must keep up with new and updated computer graphics and design software, either on their own or through formal software training programs. Professional associations that specialize in graphic design, such as AIGA, offer courses intended to keep the skills of their members up to date.

Other Experience

Graphic designers often gain their initial experience through internships. It provides aspiring graphic designers an opportunity to work with designers and experience the design process from concept to completion while completing a design program.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally available through software product vendors. Certification in graphic design software can demonstrate a level of competence and may provide a jobseeker with a competitive advantage.

Advancement

Experienced graphic designers may advance to chief designer, art director, or other supervisory positions.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Graphic designers must be able to look at their work from the point of view of their consumers and examine how the designs they develop will be perceived by consumers to ensure they convey the client’s desired message.

Artistic ability. Graphic designers must be able to create designs that are artistically interesting and appealing to clients and consumers. They produce rough illustrations of design ideas, either by hand sketching or by using computer programs.

Communication skills. Graphic designers must communicate with clients, customers, and other designers to ensure that their designs accurately reflect the desired message and effectively express information.

Computer skills. Most graphic designers use specialized graphic design software to prepare their designs.

Creativity. Graphic designers must be able to think of new approaches to communicating ideas to consumers. They develop unique designs that convey a recognizable meaning on behalf of their clients.

Time-management skills. Graphic designers often work on multiple projects at the same time, each with a different deadline.

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Digital Designer Career Paths

Digital Designer
Senior Web Designer Project Manager Product Manager
Brand Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Design Director Senior Art Director
Creative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Interactive Designer Senior Designer Art Director
Creative Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Graphic Designer Art Director Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Creative Director Marketing Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Graphic Designer Creative Director Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
10 Yearsyrs
User Interaction Designer User Experience Designer User Experience Manager
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Art Director Adjunct Professor Managing Director
Head Of Marketing
6 Yearsyrs
Interactive Designer Senior Web Designer Creative Director
Marketing And Creative Director
7 Yearsyrs
User Interaction Designer Senior Web Designer Creative Director
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Art Director Creative Director
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Owner Realtor Marketing Consultant
Marketing Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Marketing Consultant
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Marketing Director Business Developer
Marketing/Business Development
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Art Director Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Marketing/Social Media Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Owner Sales Consultant Marketing Consultant
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Design Director Adjunct Professor Sales Consultant
Sales And Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Designer Senior User Experience Designer User Experience Architect
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Owner & Designer 5.7 years
Designer/Artist 3.5 years
Head Designer 3.3 years
Graphic Designer 3.2 years
Designer 3.0 years
Creative Designer 2.9 years
Ad Designer 2.9 years
Designer, Printer 2.8 years
House Designer 2.7 years
Marketing Designer 2.6 years
Media Designer 2.5 years
Freelance Designer 2.3 years
Visual Designer 2.2 years
Digital Designer 2.0 years
Junior Designer 1.6 years
Top Employers Before
Art Director 10.1%
Designer 7.6%
Internship 6.3%
Top Employers After
Designer 8.6%
Owner 3.4%
Consultant 2.7%
Internship 2.7%

Digital Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

57.4%

Female

36.2%

Unknown

6.4%
Ethnicity

White

71.7%

Asian

14.0%

Hispanic or Latino

11.2%

Unknown

2.6%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

27.7%

Italian

12.8%

Chinese

8.5%

French

8.5%

German

6.4%

Mandarin

6.4%

Turkish

4.3%

Polish

4.3%

Portuguese

2.1%

Dutch

2.1%

Filipino

2.1%

Hebrew

2.1%

Japanese

2.1%

Persian

2.1%

Tagalog

2.1%

Esperanto

2.1%

Cantonese

2.1%

Arabic

2.1%
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Digital Designer Education

Schools

Savannah College of Art and Design

10.7%

Parsons the New School for Design

5.8%

University of Cincinnati

5.8%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

5.8%

School of Visual Arts

5.8%

Art Institutes International Minnesota

4.9%

Arizona State University

4.9%

Columbia College Chicago

4.9%

Academy of Art University

4.9%

Full Sail University

4.9%

Fashion Institute of Technology

4.9%

Northeastern University

4.9%

University of Texas at Austin

4.9%

Temple University

3.9%

New York University

3.9%

Ohio State University

3.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.9%

University of Phoenix

3.9%

Purdue University

3.9%

Columbus College of Art and Design

3.9%
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Majors

Graphic Design

32.4%

Electrical Engineering

11.4%

Fine Arts

7.3%

Design And Visual Communication

5.9%

Computer Applications

5.7%

Computer Science

4.3%

Communication

4.3%

Computer Engineering

4.3%

Business

3.9%

Marketing

3.1%

Photography

2.4%

Digital Media

2.2%

Visual And Performing Arts

2.0%

Architecture

2.0%

Information Technology

2.0%

Animation

2.0%

English

1.6%

Advertising

1.4%

Management

1.2%

Public Relations

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

53.2%

Masters

21.7%

Other

13.3%

Associate

4.6%

Certificate

3.0%

Doctorate

2.1%

Diploma

1.9%

License

0.2%
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Real Digital Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Digital Designer One & Company Design, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 01, 2013 $115,000
Alias Digital Designer Technicon Design Corporation Santa Monica, CA Nov 01, 2009 $106,000
Senior Digital Designer Sullivan and Company NYC New York, NY Apr 02, 2012 $100,000
Designer, Ralph Lauren Digital Ralph Lauren Corporation New York, NY Aug 26, 2013 $95,000
Digital Designer-Senior Strategist Continuum LLC Newton, MA Oct 01, 2011 $94,182 -
$120,000
Digital Designer Crowd Computing Systems, Inc. Newark, NJ Dec 27, 2012 $90,000
Digital Designer Crowd Computing Systems, Inc. Newark, NJ Dec 20, 2012 $90,000
Senior Digital Designer Sullivan and Company Marketing Collateral LLC New York, NY Oct 15, 2016 $88,000
Senior Digital Designer Sullivan and Company Marketing New York, NY Oct 15, 2016 $88,000
Digital Designer Realreal Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 16, 2015 $85,821
Senior Digital Designer Deutsch La, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 22, 2015 $85,000 -
$105,000
Senior Digital Designer NHS Human Services, Inc. Blue Bell, PA Jan 14, 2016 $78,000 -
$88,000
Brand Digital Designer LYFT Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 18, 2016 $75,000
Brand Digital Designer LYFT San Francisco, CA Mar 18, 2015 $75,000
Brand Digital Designer LYFT San Francisco, CA Apr 28, 2015 $75,000
Digital Designer The Realreal, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 06, 2015 $75,000
Digital Designer The Realreal, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 19, 2013 $75,000
Digital Designer Instrument Marketing Inc. Portland, OR Sep 09, 2016 $75,000
Digital Designer Word & Brown Insurance Administrators Inc. Orange, CA Sep 02, 2015 $74,880
Designer, People Digital Time Inc. New York, NY Mar 16, 2016 $60,000 -
$70,000
Designer-Digital Daniel J. Edelman, Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2016 $60,000
Senior Digital Designer Gyro, LLC New York, NY Sep 10, 2013 $60,000
Senior Digital Designer Gyrographic Communications, Inc. New York, NY Sep 09, 2010 $60,000
Designer-Digital Daniel J. Edelman, Inc. New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $60,000
Senior Digital Designer Gyrographic Communications, Inc. New York, NY Mar 01, 2010 $60,000
Digital Designer TIB Digital Inc. New York, NY Dec 19, 2016 $58,436

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Top Skills for A Digital Designer

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Top Digital Designer Skills

  1. Company Website
  2. Adobe Photoshop
  3. Video
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Design and implementation of company website.
  • Used Adobe Photoshop to retouch and manipulate images for website updates, animation and advertising purposes.
  • Performed multiple freelance projects digitizing portraits of various music and video artists for their personal and online portfolios.
  • Interned as a Digital Designer whos responsible for designing websites, digital interfaces, and various motion graphics.
  • Manage and design multiple projects for interdepartmental websites from conception to implementation utilizing Section 508 compliant HTML/CSS and Photoshop.

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