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Working As A Web Graphic Designer

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

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $51,672

    Average Salary

What Does A Web 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 Web 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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Web Graphic Designer Career Paths

Web Graphic Designer
Communications Specialist Communications Manager Senior Copywriter
Brand Strategist
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Graphic Designer Creative Director
Chief Creative Officer
9 Yearsyrs
Art Director Instructor Editor
Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Web Design/Development Designer Art Director
Creative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Terminal Manager Traffic Manager
Creative Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Graphic Designer Art Director
Creative Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer, Marketing Senior Graphic Designer
Designation Marketing Director
5 Yearsyrs
Art Director Production Manager Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer, Marketing Marketing Manager Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Graphic Designer Creative Director
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Production Director Freelance Producer
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Marketing Communications Manager Communications Director
Marketing And Communication Consultant
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Graphic Designer Art Director Creative Director
Marketing And Creative Director
7 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Writer And Editor Social Media Manager
Marketing/Social Media Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Marketing Manager Communications Director Media Specialist
Media Director
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Design Manager Project Manager/Design Manager
Senior Designer/Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
User Interaction Designer User Experience Designer User Experience Architect
User Experience Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Marketing Manager Writer And Editor Content Manager
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Graphic Designer 3.1 years
Media Designer 2.6 years
Web Designer 2.2 years
Top Employers Before
Web Designer 11.2%
Internship 5.1%
Designer 2.4%
Top Employers After
Web Designer 11.0%
Designer 2.3%
Owner 1.9%

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Web Graphic Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

58.9%

Female

38.6%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

57.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.8%

Asian

11.2%

Black or African American

10.2%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.3%

French

9.6%

Chinese

8.3%

Mandarin

6.3%

German

5.8%

Japanese

5.4%

Russian

3.8%

Italian

3.3%

Arabic

2.9%

Cantonese

2.5%

Portuguese

2.1%

Hindi

1.7%

Turkish

1.3%

Korean

1.3%

Polish

1.3%

Romanian

0.8%

Gujarati

0.8%

Tagalog

0.8%

Swedish

0.4%

Icelandic

0.4%
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Web Graphic Designer Education

Schools

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

10.9%

Savannah College of Art and Design

9.9%

University of Phoenix

9.3%

Full Sail University

6.6%

Florida State University

5.8%

International Academy of Design and Technology

5.3%

Art Institute of Atlanta

5.1%

Academy of Art University

4.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.7%

American InterContinental University

4.1%

Art Institute of California - Inland

3.7%

Liberty University

3.7%

Art Institute of Houston

3.7%

University of Central Florida

3.5%

Pratt Institute-Main

3.3%

New York University

3.1%

San Jose State University

3.1%

Art Institute of Philadelphia

3.1%

University of Houston

3.1%

Purdue University

3.1%
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Majors

Graphic Design

38.7%

Computer Applications

10.0%

Fine Arts

8.0%

Computer Science

5.7%

Design And Visual Communication

5.6%

Business

4.6%

Computer Information Systems

4.4%

Communication

3.7%

Information Technology

2.4%

Marketing

2.4%

Graphic Communications

2.0%

Digital Media

1.8%

Animation

1.8%

Photography

1.6%

Visual And Performing Arts

1.5%

Entertainment Business

1.4%

Advertising

1.2%

Psychology

1.1%

Journalism

1.1%

English

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.5%

Other

17.1%

Associate

13.8%

Masters

10.4%

Certificate

6.2%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.1%
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Real Web Graphic Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Graphic Web Designer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jun 02, 2014 $110,000 -
$130,000
Senior Interactive Web Graphic Designer Fox News Network LLC New York, NY Jul 23, 2013 $109,777
Graphic/Web Designer Association for Refining Cross Culture Los Angeles, CA Mar 12, 2015 $95,014
Senior Web and Graphic Designer Hot Topic, Inc. Industry, CA Jun 15, 2015 $85,000
Graphic Designer/Web Development The Search Agency, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2013 $80,000
Web Graphic Designer Livestream LLC New York, NY May 07, 2013 $76,856 -
$90,000
Web Graphic Designer NDJ Sustainable Engineering, LLC CA Sep 16, 2016 $73,045
Graphic Designer, Web Interface Livescribe Inc. Oakland, CA Sep 30, 2014 $72,000
Web and Graphics Designer Harvard University Boston, MA Aug 20, 2015 $65,845
Web Graphic Designer Intermix LLC New York, NY Nov 01, 2014 $65,000 -
$69,700
Web Graphic Designer The Gap, Inc. New York, NY Jan 11, 2014 $65,000 -
$69,700
Web Graphic Designer The Gap, Inc. New York, NY Nov 01, 2014 $65,000 -
$69,700
Graphic Designer, Web Interface Livescribe Inc. Oakland, CA Mar 28, 2015 $49,000
Associate Web Graphic Designer Blizzard Entertainment Inc. Irvine, CA Dec 12, 2014 $47,694
Web Graphic Designer Cozy S & S Casual, LLC Los Angeles, CA Dec 18, 2014 $47,528
Web Graphic Designer Zoetrope Digital Media, LLC. Orlando, FL Aug 01, 2013 $47,500
Graphic/Web Designer Helen of Troy Nevada Corp. El Paso, TX Oct 01, 2013 $47,385
Graphic Designer, Web & Digital Forever 21, Inc. (Merged With Fashion 21, Inc.) Los Angeles, CA Sep 06, 2016 $46,500
Graphic/Web Designer Tokyo Television Broadcasting Corporation Burlingame, CA Apr 15, 2015 $46,352
Graphic/Web Designer Mag Investment LLC McLean, VA Sep 24, 2015 $40,279
Graphic/Web Designer Bo B. K. Designs Corp. New York, NY Sep 08, 2015 $40,000
Web Developer/Graphic Designer Long Island Business Institute Inc. NY Nov 05, 2013 $40,000
Web Developer/Graphic Designer Long Island Business Institute Inc. NY Oct 22, 2013 $40,000
Web Graphic Designer Itoya Topdrawer Corp Boston, MA Sep 20, 2016 $40,000
Graphic and Web Designer Trioconnect LLC Fremont, CA Feb 09, 2016 $39,966
Graphic and Web Designer Itiwant LLC Fremont, CA Feb 09, 2016 $39,966
Graphic Web Designer Atimo LLC Pleasanton, CA Sep 05, 2016 $39,832

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Top Skills for A Web Graphic Designer

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  1. Company Website
  2. Web Design
  3. Adobe Photoshop
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  • Redesigned company website while adding online event registration and e-commerce solution.
  • Presented branding communication/web design initiatives to stakeholder community to ensure maximum usability.
  • Utilized Adobe Photoshop to manipulate/edit digital images at 72dpi for the web Updated text and edited HTML script to make modifications.
  • Appointed as International leader and supervisor -Coordinated meetings and maintained business relationships -Created promotional items and website designs
  • Produced e-learning user interfaces and added Flash animations and ActionScript-powered interactivity using Flash, HTML/CSS.

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