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Working As A Graphic Design Manager

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

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $62,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Graphic Design Manager 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 Graphic Design Manager

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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Average Length of Employment
Graphics Manager 4.7 years
Graphic Artist 4.4 years
Art Director 4.2 years
Design Chief 3.8 years
Graphic Designer 3.1 years
Creative Designer 2.9 years
Marketing Designer 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Graphic Design Manager
Internship 4.1%
Manager 2.3%
Cashier 2.3%
Designer 1.8%
Top Careers After Graphic Design Manager
Owner 3.0%
Manager 2.4%

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Graphic Design Manager Demographics

Gender

Female

48.0%

Male

44.5%

Unknown

7.5%
Ethnicity

White

61.6%

Hispanic or Latino

15.9%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

7.6%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.4%

French

11.9%

Mandarin

7.9%

Chinese

7.9%

Korean

4.8%

Portuguese

4.0%

Italian

3.2%

German

3.2%

Japanese

3.2%

Cantonese

1.6%

Swedish

0.8%

Romanian

0.8%

Luganda

0.8%

Dutch

0.8%

Hungarian

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.8%

Bosnian

0.8%

Russian

0.8%

Filipino

0.8%

Tagalog

0.8%
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Graphic Design Manager Education

Schools

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

13.9%

University of Phoenix

8.3%

Full Sail University

7.6%

Savannah College of Art and Design

6.9%

Academy of Art University

6.3%

School of Visual Arts

5.6%

Fashion Institute of Technology

5.3%

Columbia College Chicago

5.0%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.3%

Indiana University Bloomington

4.3%

Kent State University

3.6%

Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Inc

3.6%

Rhode Island School of Design

3.6%

Maryland Institute College of Art

3.6%

Texas State University

3.3%

San Francisco State University

3.0%

Arizona State University

3.0%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.0%

San Diego State University

3.0%

Florida Atlantic University

3.0%
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Majors

Graphic Design

50.0%

Fine Arts

7.8%

Design And Visual Communication

6.6%

Business

5.7%

Computer Applications

4.4%

Communication

3.8%

Marketing

3.3%

Graphic Communications

2.7%

Photography

1.9%

Journalism

1.6%

Computer Science

1.5%

English

1.4%

Advertising

1.4%

Computer Information Systems

1.4%

Visual And Performing Arts

1.2%

Digital Media

1.2%

Liberal Arts

1.2%

Management

1.1%

Public Relations

1.1%

Animation

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

53.8%

Other

17.2%

Associate

15.6%

Masters

7.8%

Certificate

4.4%

Diploma

0.9%

Doctorate

0.3%

License

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$39,000
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$62,000
Median 50%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a Graphic Design Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Graphic Design Manager in the United States is $62,769 per year or $30 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $39,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $98,000.

Real Graphic Design Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager, Graphic Design The Gap, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 21, 2016 $125,000 -
$140,000
Graphic Design Manager-Mens Gap Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 05, 2016 $120,000
Graphic Design Manager Ideal Box Co. Chicago, IL Dec 15, 2013 $117,104
Product Graphic Design Manager Portland Design Exchange, Inc. Portland, OR Jan 15, 2012 $100,000
Manager, Graphic Design Cadbury Adams USA, LLC Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Mar 05, 2010 $97,700 -
$146,500
Graphic Web Design Manager Novatime Technology, Inc. Diamond Bar, CA Oct 01, 2012 $93,289
Graphic Design Manager Evernote Corporation Redwood City, CA Sep 24, 2013 $91,187
Senior Graphic and Visual Design Manager Tribeca Healthcare Management Co., LLC New York, NY Aug 01, 2015 $86,070
Senior Graphic and Visual Design Manager Tribeca Healthcare Management Co., LLC New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $86,070
Manager, Graphic Design The Gap, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 21, 2013 $85,093 -
$135,100
Design Manager-Graphic Design E La Carte, Inc. Redwood City, CA Dec 01, 2014 $85,000
Graphic Design Manager Nordstrom, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Feb 27, 2015 $80,000
Graphic Design Manager Coty Beauty Us, A Division of Coty Inc. New York, NY Sep 02, 2011 $76,300
Manager Jc50-Graphic Designers Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Stamford, CT Jun 15, 2016 $69,742
Manager Jc50-Graphic Designers Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation San Ramon, CA Jan 22, 2016 $68,432
Manager Jc50-Graphic Designer Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation San Ramon, CA Apr 02, 2016 $68,432
Manager Jc50-Graphics Designer Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation San Ramon, CA Apr 02, 2016 $68,432
Manager Jc50-Graphic Designers Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation San Ramon, CA Jul 05, 2016 $68,432
Manager Jc50-Graphic Designers Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation San Ramon, CA Dec 23, 2015 $68,432
Graphic Design & Creative Manager Workplace Essentials Inc. Billerica, MA Apr 03, 2015 $68,000
Graphic Design & Creative Manager Workplace Essentials, Inc. Billerica, MA Jan 14, 2016 $68,000
Graphic Design Manager Bootique Trends, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jun 03, 2013 $62,400
Product Graphic Design Manager Portland Design Exchange, Inc. Portland, OR Aug 28, 2013 $61,000 -
$100,000
Manager Jc50-Graphic Designers Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Southfield, MI Aug 14, 2016 $60,000
Manager Jc50-Graphic Designers Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Atlanta, GA Aug 14, 2016 $60,000
Manager Jc50-Graphic Designers Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Atlanta, GA Aug 16, 2016 $60,000
Manager Jc50-Graphic Designers Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Charlotte, NC Oct 15, 2016 $60,000
Manager Jc50-Graphic Designers Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Atlanta, GA Oct 19, 2016 $60,000

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Top Skills for A Graphic Design Manager

  1. Graphic Design
  2. Company Website
  3. Adobe Photoshop
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  • Created marketing opportunities and contributed graphic designs for advertisements.
  • Developed marketing strategies including a company website and brochures.
  • Design Newsletter utilizing Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.
  • Created company logos and identity package.
  • Produced original artwork used in client proposals, presentations, brochures and other marketing collateral.

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