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Working As A Head Designer

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

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $46,900

    Average Salary

What Does A Head 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 Head 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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Average Length of Employment
Owner & Designer 5.7 years
Interior Designer 4.2 years
Sweater Designer 4.1 years
Jewelry Designer 4.1 years
Textile Designer 3.7 years
Custom Designer 3.7 years
Clothes Designer 3.6 years
Product Designer 3.6 years
Landscape Designer 3.5 years
Designer/Artist 3.5 years
Page Designer 3.2 years
Graphic Designer 3.2 years
Fashion Designer 3.1 years
Head Designer 3.0 years
Designer 3.0 years
Creative Designer 2.9 years
Package Designer 2.9 years
Designer, Printer 2.8 years
Apparel Designer 2.8 years
House Designer 2.7 years
Marketing Designer 2.6 years
Set Designer 2.5 years
Men's Designer 2.5 years
Dress Designer 2.4 years
Digital Designer 2.4 years
Freelance Designer 2.3 years
Visual Designer 2.2 years
Associate Designer 2.2 years
Toy Designer 2.0 years
Junior Designer 1.6 years
Assistant Designer 1.6 years
Top Employers Before
Designer 18.5%
Internship 7.6%
Top Employers After
Designer 12.4%
Owner 4.4%
Consultant 3.5%
Manager 3.0%
Internship 2.5%

Head Designer Demographics

Gender

Female

51.2%

Male

45.6%

Unknown

3.3%
Ethnicity

White

71.5%

Asian

14.5%

Hispanic or Latino

11.8%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.0%

French

17.0%

German

8.0%

Italian

5.0%

Korean

4.0%

Portuguese

3.0%

Chinese

3.0%

Swedish

2.0%

Dutch

2.0%

Mandarin

2.0%

Russian

2.0%

Turkish

1.0%

Hindi

1.0%

Sanskrit

1.0%

Danish

1.0%

Indonesian

1.0%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Lithuanian

1.0%

Hebrew

1.0%

Greek

1.0%
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Head Designer Education

Schools

Fashion Institute of Technology

38.5%

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

6.6%

Parsons the New School for Design

6.1%

Savannah College of Art and Design

5.6%

Otis College of Art and Design

3.8%

Pratt Institute-Main

3.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.3%

Montclair State University

3.3%

Virginia Commonwealth University

2.8%

Temple University

2.8%

Purdue University

2.8%

New York University

2.3%

University of California - Berkeley

2.3%

University of California - Irvine

2.3%

Pennsylvania State University

2.3%

Kent State University

2.3%

Carnegie Mellon University

2.3%

University of Texas at Austin

2.3%

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

2.3%

Brigham Young University

1.9%
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Majors

Graphic Design

43.6%

Fine Arts

12.0%

Business

7.4%

Mechanical Engineering

4.3%

Computer Science

3.2%

Interior Design

3.0%

Specialized Sales And Merchandising

2.7%

Design And Visual Communication

2.6%

Photography

2.4%

Architecture

2.4%

English

2.1%

Communication

2.1%

Computer Applications

1.9%

Marketing

1.9%

Apparel And Textiles

1.6%

Education

1.6%

Drafting And Design

1.4%

Visual And Performing Arts

1.3%

Management

1.3%

Electrical Engineering

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.7%

Other

18.7%

Masters

14.4%

Associate

12.1%

Certificate

3.1%

Diploma

1.7%

Doctorate

1.2%

License

0.1%
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Real Head Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Head of Design, Men's and Women's Shoes Belstaff USA Corp. New York, NY Jan 04, 2012 $250,000
Head of Service Design Co Collective LLC New York, NY Apr 28, 2016 $200,000
Head Designer RVC Enterprises LLC New York, NY Oct 05, 2009 $200,000
Head of Digital Design Dow Jones and Company New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $180,000
Head of Product Design Liveperson, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $179,000
Head of Design Airbnb, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 29, 2014 $175,000 -
$225,000
Head of Design Anomaly Partners LLC New York, NY Sep 26, 2016 $170,000
Head of Product Design Liveperson, Inc. New York, NY Sep 04, 2015 $170,000
Head Designer A Fine Gauge Inc. New York, NY Oct 13, 2011 $165,000
Head of Design Augmedix San Francisco, CA May 27, 2016 $161,824
Head of Design Augmedix, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 09, 2016 $160,000
Head of Design Augmedix, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 24, 2016 $160,000
Head of Brand and Communications Design, Behance Adobe Systems Incorporated New York, NY Sep 09, 2015 $155,000
Head Designer Williams-Sonoma, Inc. New York, NY Sep 14, 2012 $133,200
Head of Design Tripactions, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Dec 05, 2016 $130,000
Head of Design Tripactions, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Sep 12, 2016 $130,000
Head Designer & Developer CHD Home Textiles LLC New York, NY Aug 02, 2012 $130,000
Head Designer and Developer CHD Textiles LLC New York, NY Dec 15, 2011 $130,000
Head Designer Eurokitchen Design, LLC Miami, FL May 20, 2012 $120,000
Head of Product Design Ourcast, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 10, 2012 $117,000 -
$125,000
Head Designer Marchesa Holdings LLC New York, NY May 18, 2016 $114,000
Head of Product Design AZOI Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 26, 2014 $86,750 -
$110,000
Head Designer Antics International Oceanside, CA Jan 11, 2014 $85,000
Head of Furniture Design SBFI North America Asheville, NC Sep 15, 2014 $85,000
Head of Knitwear Technical Design Robespierre Inc. New York, NY Sep 21, 2012 $82,400
Head Designer Har. Money Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jun 18, 2012 $81,000
Head Designer Saramax Apparel Group Inc. New York, NY Feb 21, 2013 $81,000
Head Designer & Brand Manager Dolce Vita Footwear, Inc. Seattle, WA Dec 20, 2011 $80,000 -
$95,000

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Top Skills for A Head Designer

Wal-MartMarketTrendsWebSiteCustomerServiceTechPacksGraphicDesignAdobePhotoshopProductDevelopmentAdobeIllustratorCADPrivateLabelGarmentConstructionSportswearApparelPhotoShootsTradeShowsDesignDepartmentDesignConceptsOriginalDesignsDesignProcess

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Top Head Designer Skills

  1. Wal-Mart
  2. Market Trends
  3. Web Site
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Create new & revise lines / Identify market trends & sampling (Asia & Local) Communicate w/overseas manufacturing.
  • Managed and designed direct mail materials from concept to production while also creatingcontent for various web sites and other online outlets.
  • Key Roles: Sales, design, manufacturing, advertising & marketing, and customer service
  • Fashion Design, Tech Packs, General Product Development, Graphic Design, Sales Rep. at Trade Shows
  • Collaborated with pattern/sample makers, graphic designers, designers, assistant designers, and approved final designs.

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