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Working As A Multimedia Designer

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

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $63,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Multimedia 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 Multimedia 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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Multimedia Designer Career Paths

Multimedia Designer
Interactive Designer Senior User Experience Designer Creative Director
Marketing Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Interactive Designer Senior User Experience Designer Art Director
Marketing And Creative Director
6 Yearsyrs
Interactive Designer Senior Designer Senior Graphic Designer
Creative Services Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Project Manager Marketing Manager
Senior Manager Of Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Project Manager Product Manager
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
User Interaction Designer Senior User Experience Designer Creative Director
Chief Creative Officer
8 Yearsyrs
User Interaction Designer User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
User Interaction Designer User Experience Designer User Experience Manager
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Web Design/Development Project Manager Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Web Design/Development Designer Senior Graphic Designer
Creative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Web Design/Development Systems Administrator Web Developer
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Graphic Designer Art Director
Designation Marketing Director
5 Yearsyrs
User Experience Designer Lead User Experience Designer Creative Director
Digital Director
9 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Senior Consultant Senior Product Manager
Marketing Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Visual Designer Product Designer
Product Design Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Design Consultant Production Manager Print Production Manager
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Front End Developer Visual Designer
Creative Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Studio Manager Traffic Manager
Creative Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Designer Design Manager Graphic Design Manager
Creative Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Graphic Designer 3.1 years
Creative Designer 2.9 years
Designer, Printer 2.7 years
Media Designer 2.6 years
Freelance Designer 2.5 years
Marketing Designer 2.5 years
Visual Designer 2.3 years
Digital Designer 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Multimedia Designer
Internship 5.2%
Designer 5.0%
Animator 2.8%
Artist 1.9%
Top Careers After Multimedia Designer
Designer 4.1%

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Average Yearly Salary
$63,000
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$40,000
Min 10%
$63,000
Median 50%
$63,000
Median 50%
$63,000
Median 50%
$63,000
Median 50%
$63,000
Median 50%
$63,000
Median 50%
$63,000
Median 50%
$100,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Expedia Group
Highest Paying City
Bellevue, WA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Multimedia Designer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Multimedia Designer in the United States is $63,790 per year or $31 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $40,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $100,000.

Real Multimedia Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Multimedia Audio Designer Valve Corporation Bellevue, WA Aug 20, 2015 $115,000 -
$175,000
Multimedia Audio Designer Valve Corporation Bellevue, WA Aug 25, 2016 $115,000 -
$185,000
Multimedia Designer/Editor Transit, LLC Santa Monica, CA Jul 25, 2016 $104,350
Senior Multimedia Designer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Oct 13, 2016 $89,300 -
$109,300
Multimedia Designer/Animator Buck Design, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2014 $80,000
Multimedia Designer Glow Interactive, Inc. New York, NY Oct 19, 2014 $80,000 -
$95,000
Multimedia Designer Creative Presentation Resources, LLC San Francisco, CA Mar 01, 2014 $79,000
Multimedia Designer Blind Visual Propaganda, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Dec 09, 2016 $75,000
Senior Multimedia Designer Neowiz Entertainment, Inc. Irvine, CA Oct 01, 2011 $70,000
Multimedia Designer DVR Softek Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 05, 2011 $70,000
Multimedia Designer DVR Softek Inc. Brisbane, CA May 10, 2011 $70,000
Multimedia Designer Painting In Pictures LLC Los Angeles, CA Sep 10, 2014 $58,436
Multimedia Designer Creative Presentation Resources, LLC San Francisco, CA Mar 01, 2011 $58,000
Multimedia Designer Nousdecor Inc. San Mateo, CA Sep 26, 2015 $57,100
Multimedia Designer (Multimedia Artist) Solar Jet Productions, LLC New York, NY Feb 01, 2012 $56,763
Multimedia Designer (Multimedia Artist) Solar Jet Productions, LLC New York, NY Dec 15, 2011 $56,763
Multimedia Designer J3T, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 01, 2011 $55,973
Multimedia Designer J-Network, Inc. Huntington Beach, CA May 25, 2015 $50,385 -
$58,782
Multimedia Designer University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Jan 20, 2013 $50,165
Multimedia Designer Global Communication Group, Inc. Rosemead, CA Sep 04, 2015 $50,025
Multimedia Designer/Editor In Sync Advertising, Inc. Los Angeles, CA May 20, 2015 $50,000
Multimedia Designer Animator Buck Design, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 09, 2016 $50,000

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Top Skills for A Multimedia Designer

  1. Company Website
  2. Video Production
  3. Multimedia
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed company website and implemented frequent site updates.
  • Designed and assembled systems for computer-based digital video editing and online video production.
  • Created interactive animations, technical instructions, and innovative multimedia presentations for online distribution, conferences, and software applications.
  • Designed and developed multimedia presentations with Adobe Photoshop and utilized Adobe Flash to animated presentations and proposals.
  • Produced a variety of communications materials including graphic design, photography and video.

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Top 10 Best States for Multimedia Designers

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  2. Washington
  3. Massachusetts
  4. New York
  5. Connecticut
  6. Virginia
  7. California
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  9. New Jersey
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Multimedia Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

63.1%

Female

27.5%

Unknown

9.4%
Ethnicity

White

58.2%

Hispanic or Latino

16.3%

Asian

11.3%

Black or African American

10.7%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.0%

Chinese

9.8%

French

6.6%

Russian

6.6%

Italian

6.6%

German

4.9%

Mandarin

4.9%

Portuguese

3.3%

Dutch

3.3%

Swedish

1.6%

Bulgarian

1.6%

Ukrainian

1.6%

Cantonese

1.6%

Hindi

1.6%

Tagalog

1.6%

Thai

1.6%

Bengali

1.6%
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Multimedia Designer Education

Schools

Full Sail University

15.5%

Savannah College of Art and Design

9.1%

New York University

6.8%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

6.8%

George Mason University

5.3%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.9%

Academy of Art University

4.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.5%

University of Texas at Austin

4.5%

School of Visual Arts

4.2%

University of Phoenix

4.2%

Pratt Institute-Main

4.2%

Art Institute of Philadelphia

3.8%

Towson University

3.8%

Art Institute of Houston

3.8%

Parsons the New School for Design

3.0%

South University-The Art Institute of Dallas

3.0%

Kent State University

3.0%

Michigan State University

2.6%

Art Institute of Phoenix

2.6%
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Majors

Graphic Design

30.7%

Fine Arts

12.0%

Computer Applications

8.6%

Design And Visual Communication

5.9%

Animation

5.5%

Communication

4.8%

Digital Media

4.3%

Photography

3.8%

Computer Science

3.5%

Business

3.4%

Visual And Performing Arts

2.9%

Marketing

2.5%

Computer Information Systems

2.0%

Advertising

2.0%

Entertainment Business

1.8%

Graphic Communications

1.8%

Journalism

1.5%

Management

1.3%

Educational Technology

1.0%

Project Management

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

54.1%

Other

14.3%

Masters

13.7%

Associate

10.9%

Certificate

5.3%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

0.3%
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