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Working As A Multimedia Graphic Designer

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

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $56,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Multimedia Graphic 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 Graphic 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
Graphic Artist 4.4 years
Graphic Designer 3.1 years
Creative Designer 2.9 years
Designer, Printer 2.7 years
Media Designer 2.6 years
Marketing Designer 2.5 years
Visual Designer 2.3 years
Digital Designer 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Multimedia Graphic Designer
Internship 2.1%
Top Careers After Multimedia Graphic Designer

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Multimedia Graphic Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

63.2%

Female

31.3%

Unknown

5.6%
Ethnicity

White

56.2%

Hispanic or Latino

20.0%

Black or African American

10.5%

Asian

9.5%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

63.6%

Italian

9.1%

Swedish

4.5%

Portuguese

4.5%

German

4.5%

French

4.5%

Polish

4.5%

Korean

4.5%
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Multimedia Graphic Designer Education

Schools

Academy of Art University

13.1%

George Mason University

9.8%

Corcoran College of Art and Design

6.6%

Columbia College Chicago

4.9%

Full Sail University

4.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.9%

Towson University

4.9%

University of Phoenix

4.9%

University of Utah

4.9%

School of Visual Arts

4.9%

University of Texas at Austin

4.9%

Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Inc

4.9%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

3.3%

Marshall University

3.3%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

3.3%

De Anza College

3.3%

Appalachian State University

3.3%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.3%

Youngstown State University

3.3%

Sessions College for Professional Design

3.3%
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Majors

Graphic Design

36.7%

Fine Arts

11.0%

Computer Applications

8.5%

Design And Visual Communication

5.3%

Photography

4.6%

Computer Science

4.6%

Communication

4.6%

Business

3.9%

Animation

3.5%

Digital Media

2.8%

Marketing

2.1%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Information Technology

1.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.4%

Educational Technology

1.4%

Graphic Communications

1.4%

Entertainment Business

1.1%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

1.1%

Elementary Education

1.1%

Electrical Engineering

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.2%

Other

15.0%

Masters

14.4%

Associate

12.9%

Certificate

6.3%

Diploma

0.3%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
Seattle, WA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a Multimedia Graphic Designer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Multimedia Graphic Designer in the United States is $56,826 per year or $27 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $35,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $91,000.

Real Multimedia Graphic Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Multimedia Graphic Designer Dailygobble Inc. New York, NY Sep 13, 2016 $73,045
Multimedia Animation Graphic Designer Joongang Daily News Ca, Inc. DBA The Korea Daily Los Angeles, CA Dec 22, 2015 $71,500
Graphic & Multimedia Designer Total Media USA, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 18, 2013 $70,000
Graphic Designer--Multimedia Title Boy Films, Inc. CA Sep 16, 2009 $60,000
Graphic Designer--Multimedia Title Boy Films, Inc. CA Aug 24, 2009 $60,000
Multimedia Graphic Designer Diamond Wipes International Inc. Ontario, CA Oct 01, 2009 $57,000
Multimedia Graphic Designer Super Simple Learning Inc. Seattle, WA Sep 20, 2013 $56,766
Multimedia Graphic Designer Super Simple Learning Inc. Seattle, WA Sep 21, 2013 $56,766
Multimedia and Graphic Designer West Office Exhibition Design Oakland, CA Jan 01, 2010 $55,000
Multimedia and Graphic Designer West Office Exhibition Design Oakland, CA Mar 21, 2011 $55,000
Multimedia Graphic Designer WGSN New York, NY Sep 18, 2015 $55,000
Multimedia and Graphic Designer West Office Exhibition Design Oakland, CA May 30, 2013 $52,676
Multimedia Graphic Designer, Marketing WGSN New York, NY Oct 01, 2014 $50,500
Multimedia Graphic Designer, Marketing WGSN Inc. New York, NY Oct 03, 2014 $50,500
Multimedia Graphic Designer The Creative 7 Web Design LLC New York, NY Jul 15, 2013 $48,000
Senior Multimedia, Graphics, and Web Designer Fonon Technologies, Inc. Lake Mary, FL May 12, 2014 $48,000
Multimedia Graphic Designer Gilbert Lederman M.D.PC DBA Radiosurgery New York, NY Dec 19, 2008 $47,029
Multimedia Graphic Designer Radiosurgery, Ny/Gilbert-Lederman M.D., PC New York, NY Nov 05, 2008 $46,603
Industrial Multimedia Graphic Designer Ebenbrook Corp. Chicago, IL Sep 19, 2014 $41,928
Graphic/Multimedia Designer University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN Jul 01, 2015 $39,998
Interactive Multimedia Graphic Designer American Heart Association Dallas, TX Oct 01, 2011 $38,000
Multimedia Graphic Designer Children's Theatre Company and School Minneapolis, MN Feb 08, 2016 $37,024
Multimedia/Graphic Designer K P Global, Inc. Cerritos, CA Sep 15, 2013 $35,562
Multimedia/Graphic Designer K P Global, Inc. Cerritos, CA Sep 06, 2014 $35,458
Multimedia Graphic Designer Diamond Wipes International Inc. Ontario, CA Mar 07, 2008 $35,103
Multimedia Graphic Designer Keybridge Technologies, Inc. Oklahoma City, OK Aug 26, 2016 $35,000
Multimedia Graphic Designer Daily Sports Seoul USA, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jul 06, 2012 $33,204
Multimedia Specialist/Graphics Designer Keybridge Technologies, Inc. Oklahoma City, OK Jan 10, 2013 $33,000

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Top Skills for A Multimedia Graphic Designer

  1. Company Website
  2. Multimedia
  3. Adobe Photoshop
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  • Designed and produced corporate identity, and maintained company website.
  • Designed and developed graphics for interactive multimedia and training applications for training development products for industry and government customers.
  • Used Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, 3D Studio Max, Poser, Adobe Premier and Adobe After Effects.
  • Created PowerPoint presentations including instructional, performance, recognition, and studio video production slides.
  • Created numerous amounts of designs for the web, brochures, newspaper ads, kiosks, billboards and an intranet site.

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