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Working As A Manager, Design And Production

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

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $82,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Manager, Design And Production 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 Manager, Design And Production

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
Design Chief 3.8 years
Production Artist 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Manager, Design And Production
Designer 5.6%
Internship 3.4%
Owner 3.1%
Top Careers After Manager, Design And Production
Owner 5.7%
Designer 4.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$82,000
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$44,000
Min 10%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$152,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
MGM Resorts International
Highest Paying City
Sioux City, IA
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does a Manager, Design And Production make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Manager, Design And Production in the United States is $82,261 per year or $40 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $44,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $152,000.

Real Manager, Design And Production Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Production Design Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA May 12, 2014 $143,000 -
$163,000
Production Design Manager RR Donnelley Bellevue, WA Sep 10, 2015 $97,219
Technical Designer/Production Manager Wicked Fashions Inc. Fort Lee, NJ Feb 01, 2011 $92,650
Production Design Manager Motion Systems, Inc. New York, NY Nov 09, 2009 $85,000
Production Design Manager Motion System, Inc. New York, NY Nov 09, 2009 $85,000
Design & Production Manager Saramax Apparel Group, Inc. New York, NY Sep 18, 2014 $80,120
Technical Designer/Production Manager Leeward International, Inc. Teaneck, NJ Jun 17, 2013 $80,000
Creative Design and Production Manager ILO, LLC New York, NY Apr 28, 2014 $76,800 -
$86,800
Design and Production Manager FUHU, Inc. El Segundo, CA Aug 01, 2013 $75,000
Design Production Manager Designer Buying Services West Hollywood, CA Feb 01, 2013 $75,000
Production Design Manager Fusion Accessories Group Corp. New York, NY Nov 24, 2014 $72,000
Production Design Manager Fusion Accessories Group Corp. New York, NY Dec 01, 2014 $72,000
Production & Design Room Manager Fleur Wood LLC New York, NY Oct 28, 2013 $70,946
Manager of Production and Design Niki-Viki Apparel, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2012 $58,436
Manager of Production and Design Niki-Viki Apparel, Inc. Vernon, CA Oct 01, 2012 $58,436
Design and Production Manager Mayor's MacHine Works, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Oct 16, 2015 $57,034
Design and Production Manager Nicholas The Label LLC Los Angeles, CA Jan 11, 2016 $54,974
Production and Design Manager Sam Hee International, Inc. New York, NY Dec 01, 2011 $54,201
Manager of Production and Design Niki-Viki Apparel, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2009 $50,985

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Top Skills for A Manager, Design And Production

  1. Adobe Photoshop
  2. Sample Layouts
  3. Production Department
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted in recreating customer's logos using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.
  • Supervised and coordinated various production departments to assure accurate and timely completion of jobs.
  • Supervised production and managed ten-person production team performing duplication, quality control, media assembly and graphic design.
  • Maintained and updated company website as needed, including uploading published articles.
  • Managed and monitored customer service and quality levels using metrics.

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Top 10 Best States for Managers, Design And Production

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  5. Rhode Island
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Manager, Design And Production Demographics

Gender

Male

51.8%

Female

39.9%

Unknown

8.3%
Ethnicity

White

62.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.5%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

7.8%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.5%

French

9.3%

Chinese

7.0%

Italian

7.0%

Mandarin

4.7%

Korean

4.7%

Russian

2.3%

Hawaiian

2.3%

Greek

2.3%

Cantonese

2.3%

Serbian

2.3%

Japanese

2.3%

Armenian

2.3%

Dakota

2.3%

Croatian

2.3%
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Manager, Design And Production Education

Schools

Fashion Institute of Technology

12.4%

Savannah College of Art and Design

8.0%

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

7.3%

University of Phoenix

5.8%

New York University

5.1%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

5.1%

Syracuse University

4.4%

Academy of Art University

4.4%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.4%

San Diego State University

4.4%

Pratt Institute-Main

4.4%

Parsons the New School for Design

4.4%

Northeastern University

4.4%

University of Alabama

3.6%

University of California - Berkeley

3.6%

Michigan State University

3.6%

School of Visual Arts

3.6%

Columbia College Chicago

3.6%

University of Texas at Austin

3.6%

American InterContinental University

3.6%
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Majors

Graphic Design

41.5%

Fine Arts

11.2%

Business

7.1%

Design And Visual Communication

5.5%

Communication

3.9%

Drafting And Design

3.2%

Architecture

3.2%

Graphic Communications

3.2%

Marketing

2.8%

Photography

2.4%

Computer Applications

2.3%

Theatre

1.7%

Journalism

1.7%

Advertising

1.7%

Specialized Sales And Merchandising

1.5%

Writing

1.5%

Computer Information Systems

1.5%

Electrical Engineering

1.4%

Management

1.4%

Interior Design

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.6%

Other

17.9%

Associate

16.5%

Masters

9.1%

Certificate

5.0%

Diploma

1.4%

Doctorate

0.4%
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