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Working As An Interface Designer

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

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $85,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Interface 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 Interface 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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Interface Designer Career Paths

Interface Designer
Interactive Designer Senior User Experience Designer Creative Director
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Interactive Designer Senior Designer
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Interactive Designer Senior Designer Project Manager
Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
User Experience Designer Design Consultant Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
User Experience Designer Design Consultant Senior Graphic Designer
Creative Services Manager
6 Yearsyrs
User Experience Designer Interactive Developer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Visual Designer User Interaction Designer Senior User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Visual Designer Senior Designer
Senior Interactive Designer
6 Yearsyrs
Visual Designer User Interaction Designer Senior Graphic Designer
Creative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
User Interface Designer Front End Developer Senior Software Engineer
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
User Interface Designer Senior User Experience Designer Art Director
Designation Marketing Director
5 Yearsyrs
User Interface Designer Lead User Experience Designer Creative Director
Digital Director
9 Yearsyrs
User Interaction Designer Product Designer Product Engineer
Product Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Consultant Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Consultant Product Manager
Director Of Product Development
11 Yearsyrs
Web Developer NET Developer Web Design/Development
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Web Design/Development Designer Product Designer
Product Design Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Web Design/Development Designer Senior Graphic Designer
Creative Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Product Designer Interior Designer Studio Manager
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Interface Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

68.0%

Female

19.9%

Unknown

12.1%
Ethnicity

White

56.7%

Asian

14.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.0%

Black or African American

10.3%

Unknown

5.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

30.0%

Portuguese

10.0%

Chinese

10.0%

German

10.0%

French

10.0%

Greek

10.0%

Mandarin

10.0%

Italian

10.0%
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Interface Designer Education

Schools

DePaul University

9.2%

Pennsylvania State University

7.7%

Arizona State University

6.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.2%

Art Center College of Design

6.2%

Purdue University

6.2%

University of Washington

6.2%

Syracuse University

4.6%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

4.6%

San Jose State University

4.6%

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

4.6%

University of California - Davis

4.6%

School of Visual Arts

4.6%

Florida State University

4.6%

George Mason University

4.6%

Columbia College Chicago

3.1%

University of Pennsylvania

3.1%

University of California - Santa Cruz

3.1%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.1%

University of Michigan - Dearborn

3.1%
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Majors

Graphic Design

26.8%

Computer Science

11.6%

Computer Applications

9.1%

Fine Arts

7.6%

Design And Visual Communication

6.6%

Business

6.1%

Information Technology

4.0%

Computer Engineering

3.0%

Electrical Engineering

3.0%

Graphic Communications

2.5%

Human Computer Interaction

2.5%

Finance

2.5%

Management

2.0%

Psychology

2.0%

Photography

2.0%

Physics

2.0%

Communication

2.0%

Entertainment Business

1.5%

Educational Technology

1.5%

Mechanical Engineering

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.3%

Masters

23.2%

Other

15.4%

Associate

5.5%

Certificate

3.3%

Diploma

2.2%

Doctorate

1.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$52,000
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
2.4 years
How much does an Interface Designer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Interface Designer in the United States is $85,754 per year or $41 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $52,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $139,000.

Real Interface Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Human Interface Designer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jun 21, 2016 $185,050 -
$233,900
Human Interface Designer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA May 14, 2015 $172,000 -
$177,000
Human Interface Designer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 15, 2014 $170,000 -
$183,500
Human Interface Designer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Nov 16, 2016 $150,000 -
$191,000
Visual Interface Designer (Software Engineer, Applications) Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 20, 2015 $130,000 -
$148,400
Visual Interface Designer (Software Engineer, Applications) Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Mar 23, 2016 $130,000 -
$148,400
Human Interface Designer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Feb 03, 2015 $124,806 -
$137,495
Human Interface Designer Somo Enterprises, Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 01, 2011 $120,000
Interface Designer LHP Software, LLC San Francisco, CA May 04, 2012 $118,000
Designer III Human Interface Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Mar 07, 2015 $115,635 -
$137,556
Facets Interface Designer Blue Shield of California San Francisco, CA Jan 02, 2016 $115,600
Human Interface Designer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jul 16, 2012 $110,804 -
$130,000
Senior Interface Designer Electronic Arts Inc. Redwood City, CA Sep 01, 2013 $110,000
Lead Interface Designer C&T Information Technology Consulting, Inc. Austin, TX Oct 01, 2014 $108,000
Vcompass and UCS Interface Designer (Network Engin Synnefo Technology Solutions, Inc. Schaumburg, IL Dec 12, 2011 $105,000
Vcompass and UCS Interface Designer (Network Engin Synnefo Technology Solutions, Inc. Schaumburg, IL Oct 01, 2011 $105,000
Lead Interface Designer C&T Information Technology Consulting, Inc. Austin, TX Sep 01, 2013 $104,350
Human Interface Designer Daqri, LLC Los Angeles, CA Sep 13, 2016 $100,000
GUI Interface Designer/Developer Icrossing Inc. Scottsdale, AZ Jun 06, 2014 $97,012
Designer II Human Interface Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jun 30, 2014 $95,641 -
$114,817
Designer II Human Interface Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jun 15, 2012 $92,941 -
$98,654
Interface Designer Better Cloud Inc. Atlanta, GA Mar 04, 2015 $73,632
Interface Designer Randstad Technologies, LP CA Sep 12, 2013 $72,613
GUI Interface Designer/Developer Map-It Solutions Inc. Mesa, AZ Mar 14, 2016 $72,000
Interface Designer Randstad Technologies, LP CA Jun 24, 2013 $70,949
Interface Designer/Programmer Bitalign, Inc., DBA GRIO San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2012 $70,000 -
$80,000
Graphic Interface Designer Cigniti, Inc. Irving, TX Oct 01, 2015 $62,000
Interface Designer Covetus, LLC Columbus, OH Aug 23, 2015 $60,000
Interface Designer Tigerspike Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 27, 2015 $60,000

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Top Skills for An Interface Designer

  1. Web Application
  2. User Interface
  3. Html
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  • Designed complete interfaces for several high-traffic, mission-critical web applications.
  • Designed visual user interface solutions for software applications, consumer products, research projects, and interactive television.
  • Worked with customers to design and create custom websites using HTML, JavaScript, and Flash.
  • Full site redesign with custom CSS and imagery while insuring improved interface with legacy image-search back- end.
  • Performed heuristic reviews and created usability test scenarios and provided design recommendations based on the test results.

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