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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

  • $56,987

    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
Project Manager Business Manager General Sales Manager
Advertising Director
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Graphic Designer Art Director Creative Director
Chief Creative Officer
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Graphic Designer Creative Director Writer And Editor
Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Senior Designer Art Director
Creative Director
6 Yearsyrs
User Experience Designer Product Designer Senior Designer
Creative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
User Interaction Designer Product Designer Art Director
Creative Services Director
8 Yearsyrs
User Experience Designer Lead Designer Art Director
Creative Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Design Engineer
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Art Director Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Video Editor Media Director
Digital Media Director
7 Yearsyrs
Video Editor Producer Digital Producer
Digital Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Web Graphic Designer Senior Web Designer Creative Director
Marketing And Creative Director
7 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Senior Graphic Designer Art Director
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Web Graphic Designer Creative Director Social Media Manager
Marketing/Social Media Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Search Engine Optimizer Media Coordinator
Media Director
5 Yearsyrs
Web Design/Development Web Producer Managing Editor
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Interactive Designer Senior Designer
Senior Graphic Designer
5 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Marketing Director Writer And Editor
Senior Technical Writer
9 Yearsyrs
Interactive Designer User Experience Designer User Experience Architect
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Owner & Designer 5.7 years
Graphic Artist 4.3 years
Designer/Artist 3.5 years
Graphic Designer 3.2 years
Designer 3.0 years
Production Artist 2.9 years
Ad Designer 2.9 years
Package Designer 2.9 years
Creative Designer 2.9 years
Designer/Writer 2.8 years
Designer, Printer 2.8 years
House Designer 2.7 years
Marketing Designer 2.6 years
Media Designer 2.5 years
Digital Designer 2.4 years
Freelance Designer 2.3 years
Web Designer 2.3 years
Visual Designer 2.2 years
Junior Designer 1.6 years
Logo Designer 1.0 years
Top Employers Before
Web Designer 11.9%
Internship 4.5%
Designer 3.6%
Top Employers After
Designer 4.1%

Multimedia Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

66.9%

Female

30.2%

Unknown

2.9%
Ethnicity

White

75.1%

Asian

11.4%

Hispanic or Latino

11.3%

Unknown

1.7%

Black or African American

0.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.9%

French

11.1%

Chinese

7.4%

Italian

7.4%

Portuguese

3.7%

German

3.7%

Russian

3.7%

Dutch

1.9%

Greek

1.9%

Cantonese

1.9%

Mandarin

1.9%

Korean

1.9%

Thai

1.9%
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Multimedia Designer Education

Schools

Savannah College of Art and Design

11.9%

New York University

7.7%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.5%

George Mason University

6.5%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

6.5%

Virginia Commonwealth University

6.0%

Full Sail University

6.0%

University of Texas at Austin

6.0%

University of Phoenix

4.8%

Academy of Art University

4.2%

Art Institute of Philadelphia

4.2%

Pratt Institute-Main

4.2%

Towson University

4.2%

University of the Arts

3.6%

School of Visual Arts

3.0%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.0%

Miami International University of Art and Design

3.0%

Carnegie Mellon University

3.0%

San Diego State University

3.0%

Harvard University

3.0%
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Majors

Graphic Design

32.9%

Fine Arts

11.5%

Computer Applications

7.5%

Design And Visual Communication

6.3%

Communication

5.0%

Business

4.6%

Photography

4.5%

Animation

4.1%

Digital Media

3.8%

Computer Science

3.2%

Visual And Performing Arts

2.2%

Computer Information Systems

2.2%

Marketing

2.2%

Journalism

2.0%

Graphic Communications

1.7%

Information Technology

1.4%

Entertainment Business

1.2%

Project Management

1.2%

Educational Technology

1.2%

Advertising

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.9%

Other

15.8%

Masters

15.0%

Associate

10.7%

Certificate

5.2%

Diploma

1.2%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Real Multimedia Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Multimedia Audio Designer Valve Corporation Bellevue, WA Aug 25, 2016 $115,000 -
$185,000
Multimedia Audio Designer Valve Corporation Bellevue, WA Aug 20, 2015 $115,000 -
$175,000
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 Animator Buck Design, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 09, 2016 $50,000
Web-Multimedia Designer Cleveland Medical Devices, Inc. Cleveland, OH Oct 01, 2011 $50,000
Multimedia Designer Animator Buck Design, Inc. New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $50,000

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Top Skills for A Multimedia Designer

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Top Multimedia Designer Skills

  1. Company Website
  2. Video Production
  3. Interactive Multimedia
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created animations for company website.
  • Created a variety of multimedia and audio/video production projects for interactive web content, online classrooms and internal training solutions.
  • Supervised design and development efforts specializing in producing interactive multimedia technologies at this interactive agency.
  • Construct graphics for training such as character and background images using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Designed print materials as well as digitizing the past print material for interactive online viewing.

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