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Working As A Media Designer

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

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $50,693

    Average Salary

What Does A Media 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 Media 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 6.0 years
Designer/Artist 3.8 years
Graphic Designer 3.1 years
Media Designer 3.0 years
Creative Designer 3.0 years
Freelance Designer 2.6 years
Marketing Designer 2.5 years
Visual Designer 2.4 years
Digital Designer 2.3 years
Top Careers Before Media Designer
Internship 7.9%
Designer 4.1%
Top Careers After Media Designer
Consultant 3.0%

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Media Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

63.3%

Female

33.8%

Unknown

2.9%
Ethnicity

White

60.4%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Asian

10.5%

Black or African American

10.2%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.3%

French

12.5%

Mandarin

12.5%

Chinese

9.4%

German

9.4%

Japanese

6.3%

Dutch

3.1%

Russian

3.1%

Bengali

3.1%

Arabic

3.1%

Cantonese

3.1%

Hindi

3.1%
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Media Designer Education

Schools

Savannah College of Art and Design

20.0%

Full Sail University

13.6%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

6.4%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.5%

Ball State University

4.5%

Arizona State University

3.6%

Academy of Art University

3.6%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.6%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.6%

Northeastern University

3.6%

University of Houston

3.6%

Fashion Institute of Technology

3.6%

University of Cincinnati

3.6%

DePaul University

3.6%

University of Texas at Austin

3.6%

Brown University

2.7%

Michigan State University

2.7%

San Francisco State University

2.7%

Art Institute of California - Inland

2.7%

Art Institute of Charlotte

2.7%
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Majors

Graphic Design

32.7%

Communication

7.6%

Design And Visual Communication

6.9%

Fine Arts

6.6%

Photography

5.7%

Business

4.9%

Animation

4.9%

Computer Applications

4.4%

Computer Science

3.9%

Marketing

3.2%

Computer Information Systems

2.2%

Graphic Communications

2.2%

Digital Media

2.2%

Entertainment Business

2.0%

Journalism

2.0%

Public Relations

1.7%

Advertising

1.7%

English

1.7%

Information Technology

1.7%

Visual And Performing Arts

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.0%

Masters

17.8%

Other

17.6%

Associate

8.6%

Certificate

3.7%

Doctorate

1.0%

Diploma

0.4%
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Real Media Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Multi-Media Designer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Aug 31, 2016 $91,086
Multi-Media Designer/Animator Buck Design, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 04, 2010 $80,000
Senior Media Designer Spinmedia New York, NY Jun 12, 2013 $76,544
Senior Media Designer, Mobile Applications Uptown Vibe Holdings, LLC New York, NY Oct 15, 2012 $75,000
Senior Media Designer Spinmedia New York, NY May 27, 2013 $75,000
Senior Media Designer Marketgrader.Com Corp. Coral Gables, FL Oct 01, 2011 $66,000
Interactive Media Designer Nova Engineering Ltd. Billerica, MA May 15, 2015 $65,000
Associate Interactive Media Designer Interactive Intelligence Group, Inc. Indianapolis, IN Sep 10, 2014 $65,000 -
$75,000
Multi-Media Designer/Animator Buck Design, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Dec 01, 2009 $65,000
Multi-Media Art Designer Seoul Broadcasting System Co. Ltd. Los Angeles, CA Mar 15, 2013 $62,714
Motion Media Designer Quietfx, LLC New York, NY Jun 17, 2015 $62,500
Motion Media Designer Quietfx, LLC New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $62,500
Media Designer Just Energy Us Corp. Houston, TX Jan 10, 2016 $62,200
Interactive Media Designer Nova Engineering Ltd. Billerica, MA Mar 18, 2016 $60,882
Senior Multi Media Designer ABC Imaging of Washington Kansas City, MO Jul 21, 2016 $55,182
Creative Media Designer Cybis Communications Corporation Orlando, FL Feb 01, 2015 $55,120 -
$56,000
Media Designer Monster Worldwide, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 10, 2010 $55,000 -
$60,000
Senior Media Designer Blackbook Media Corp. New York, NY Feb 01, 2011 $55,000
Multi-Media Artist and Designer Drumbeat Digital, LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $55,000
Cross Media Designer Print International New York, NY Dec 21, 2009 $52,175
Multi Media Designer Davis ELEN Advertising, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 11, 2013 $50,000 -
$65,000
Multi Media Designer Adamericas, LLC Los Angeles, CA Sep 13, 2013 $50,000 -
$65,000
Media Designer McKenzie Holland Inc. Orange, CA Jan 05, 2016 $45,000 -
$65,000
Media Designer Scad Group, Inc. Savannah, GA May 24, 2010 $45,000
Dynamic Media Designer The Big Studio, LLC Shrewsbury, MA Sep 29, 2012 $45,000
Media and Animation Designer Rightaction Management LLC Philadelphia, PA Feb 03, 2015 $45,000 -
$55,000
Media and Animation Designer Rightaction Management LLC Philadelphia, PA Oct 01, 2015 $45,000 -
$55,000
Media Designer Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, GA Nov 19, 2014 $45,000
Media and Animation Designer Rightaction Management, LLC Philadelphia, PA Mar 04, 2014 $45,000 -
$55,000
Multi-Media Artist and Designer BNT, LLC San Francisco, CA Jan 30, 2012 $44,474

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Top Skills for A Media Designer

  1. Company Website
  2. Web Design
  3. Video
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  • Design and maintain the company website including photographs of all new and used vehicle inventory.
  • Web Design: web sites, newsletters, social media graphics, and more.
  • Produced several instructional videos on various processes including How to Conduct Behavioral Interviews and other soft-skill training topics.
  • Designed brochures, posters and info graphics using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign.
  • Edited online content for Artist's media publishing.

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