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Working As An Interactive Designer

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

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $98,360

    Average Salary

What Does An Interactive 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 An Interactive 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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Interactive Designer Career Paths

Interactive Designer
User Interaction Designer Freelance Web Designer Creative Director
Advertising Director
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Interactive Designer Creative Director
Chief Creative Officer
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Senior Graphic Designer Art Director
Creative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Art Director
Creative Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Design Consultant
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Design Consultant Graphic Design Consultant Senior Graphic Designer
Designation Marketing Director
5 Yearsyrs
Art Director Production Manager Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Graphic Designer Marketing Specialist Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
User Experience Designer Senior User Experience Designer User Experience Manager
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Design Director Production Director Freelance Producer
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Art Director Creative Director
Marketing And Creative Director
7 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Marketing Consultant Marketing Manager
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Graphic Designer Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Marketing/Social Media Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Design Consultant Design Director Production Director
Media Director
5 Yearsyrs
User Interaction Designer Design Consultant Project Manager/Design Manager
Senior Designer/Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
User Experience Designer User Experience Architect
User Experience Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Freelance Web Designer Senior Graphic Designer Web Design/Development
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Designer/Artist 3.8 years
Creative Designer 3.0 years
Package Designer 2.9 years
Media Designer 2.6 years
Marketing Designer 2.5 years
Visual Designer 2.4 years
Digital Designer 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Web Designer 12.5%
Designer 7.2%
Internship 4.5%
Top Employers After
Designer 3.9%

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Interactive Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

64.0%

Female

31.1%

Unknown

4.9%
Ethnicity

White

57.5%

Asian

15.4%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Black or African American

9.3%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

French

17.9%

Spanish

17.9%

Japanese

10.3%

Chinese

7.7%

German

7.7%

Korean

7.7%

Vietnamese

5.1%

Tagalog

5.1%

Mandarin

5.1%

Italian

5.1%

Finnish

2.6%

Cantonese

2.6%

Greek

2.6%

Hindi

2.6%
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Interactive Designer Education

Schools

Savannah College of Art and Design

11.3%

New York University

10.0%

Carnegie Mellon University

10.0%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

7.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.9%

University of Texas at Austin

5.4%

DePaul University

5.0%

Pratt Institute-Main

4.5%

Indiana University Bloomington

4.5%

Parsons the New School for Design

4.1%

University of Washington

4.1%

Academy of Art University

3.6%

Full Sail University

3.6%

University of California - San Diego

3.6%

Boston University

3.2%

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

3.2%

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

2.7%

School of Visual Arts

2.7%

Columbus College of Art and Design

2.7%

Rhode Island School of Design

2.7%
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Majors

Graphic Design

35.7%

Fine Arts

9.4%

Human Computer Interaction

7.1%

Computer Applications

6.9%

Design And Visual Communication

6.4%

Communication

4.9%

Animation

3.6%

Computer Information Systems

2.7%

Business

2.6%

Computer Science

2.6%

Marketing

2.6%

Visual And Performing Arts

2.3%

Computer Networking

2.3%

English

1.9%

Digital Media

1.7%

Psychology

1.7%

Graphic Communications

1.6%

Entertainment Business

1.4%

Advertising

1.4%

Photography

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.1%

Masters

24.6%

Other

13.1%

Associate

6.7%

Certificate

4.7%

Doctorate

1.1%

Diploma

0.6%
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Real Interactive Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Interaction Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 28, 2016 $190,000
Interaction Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 30, 2015 $160,000
Principal Interaction Designer Intuit Inc. Mountain View, CA Jul 20, 2015 $146,280 -
$192,610
Interaction Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 17, 2016 $144,200
Interaction Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 23, 2016 $144,000
Interaction Designer Google Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 20, 2016 $143,538
Interaction Designer, Staff 2 Samsung Research America, Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 12, 2016 $143,000
Interaction Designer Fireeye, Inc. Milpitas, CA May 01, 2016 $140,133 -
$150,133
Principal Interaction Designer Intuit Inc. Mountain View, CA Nov 10, 2016 $140,000 -
$188,000
Interaction Designer Google Inc. New York, NY Oct 26, 2015 $140,000
Interaction Designer, Staff 1 Samsung Research America, Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 05, 2016 $140,000
Interaction Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 13, 2016 $140,000
Interaction Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 29, 2015 $140,000
Interaction Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 18, 2016 $116,000
Interaction Designer Google Inc. New York, NY Feb 05, 2016 $116,000
Interaction Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 29, 2015 $115,000
Interaction Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA May 16, 2016 $115,000 -
$135,000
Interaction Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Feb 23, 2015 $115,000
Interaction Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 09, 2016 $114,000
Interaction Designer III Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Mar 04, 2015 $110,000 -
$130,000
Interaction Designer III Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 09, 2016 $86,600 -
$147,400
Interaction Designer Smart Design LLC New York, NY Aug 26, 2015 $85,000
Interaction Designer Daylight Design, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 09, 2016 $85,000
Interaction Designer Daylight Design, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 23, 2015 $85,000
Interaction Designer Automotive Support Group, LLC Warren, MI Aug 28, 2015 $83,200
Interactive Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 19, 2015 $81,000
Interaction Designer II Frog Design Inc. New York, NY Sep 15, 2015 $80,233
Interaction Designer II Frog Design New York, NY Oct 14, 2016 $80,232

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Top Skills for An Interactive Designer

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  1. Web Banners
  2. Adobe Photoshop
  3. User Interface
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  • Work included web banners, Flash website and email campaigns.
  • Modified existing PSD files with Adobe Photoshop to create new page layouts for attorney blog sites.
  • Developed a custom object-oriented prototyping model in the design of a highly dynamic user interface.
  • Specialized in web design/development and non-linear video editing.
  • Re-constructed websites using HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript according to best practices of XHTML standards and usability/accessibility constructs.

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Top 10 Best States for Interactive Designers

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  3. California
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Connecticut
  6. Virginia
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