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Become An Interactive Designer

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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

  • $78,551

    Average Salary

What Does An Interactive Designer Do

An Interactive Designer takes the business’s product and transforms it into a product that the user interacts with perfectly. They support engineering efforts to develop designs and get the details right.

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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Real Interactive Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Interaction Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 28, 2016 $190,000
Manager of Interaction Design/Ixd SONY Network Entertainment International LLC San Francisco, CA Jun 09, 2015 $163,200
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
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
Principal Interaction Designer Intuit Inc. Mountain View, CA Nov 10, 2016 $140,000 -
$188,000
Interaction Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 29, 2015 $140,000
Interaction Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Feb 23, 2015 $115,000
Interaction Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA May 16, 2016 $115,000 -
$135,000
Interaction Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 29, 2015 $115,000
Director of Interaction Design Motion Math, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 26, 2015 $115,000
Interaction Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 09, 2016 $114,000
Interaction Designer, Enterprise Applications (Mobile & WEB) Vendavo Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 13, 2015 $110,000
Interaction Designer III Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Mar 04, 2015 $110,000 -
$130,000
Visual and Interaction Design Lead IBM Corporation San Jose, CA Apr 15, 2015 $88,733 -
$105,000
Interaction Designer III Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 09, 2016 $86,600 -
$147,400
Interaction Designer Daylight Design, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 09, 2016 $85,000
Interaction Designer Smart Design LLC New York, NY Aug 26, 2015 $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

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Top Skills for An Interactive Designer

WebBannersUserInterfaceHtml/CssInteractionDesignUsabilityStudiesWireFramesAdobePhotoshopVideoInformationArchitectureWebDevelopmentAdobeIllustratorUserExperienceArtDirectionVisualDesignJavascriptWebDesignContentManagementSystemDreamweaverAdobeIndesignInterfaceDesign

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Top Interactive Designer Skills

  1. Web Banners
  2. User Interface
  3. Html/Css
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed and coded web sites, emails and web banners for clients in Photoshop and Dreamweaver for assembly by programming department.
  • Designed and implemented individualized solutions that included optimal user interfaces, technical support, and website management.
  • Optimized client satisfaction levels by implementing and debugging unfamiliar HTML/CSS codes.
  • Created user experiences through product, service and interaction design to support new product development for small innovation firms.
  • Led multiple formal usability studies, synthesized results and incorporated feedback into product designs.

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