What does a Graphic Designer do?

Graphic designers use their artistic abilities to communicate ideas, inform consumers, and solve problems. From the layout of a website to large images seen on billboards, graphic designers create visual concepts by hand or by computer to help others interpret the world around them through color, texture, images, and symbols. Graphic designers can be found in many industries and may be responsible for all aspects of a company's design process, or they might specialize in a particular field such as advertising, digital design, illustration, or branding. Some work independently as freelancers, while others are part of a design studio, a creative agency, or a corporate company.

Most graphic design positions require at least a Bachelor's degree in graphic design or a related field. However, graphic designers need creativity first and foremost, as well as knowledge of the industry's standard software.

  • Create and design various materials for print and digital collateral
  • Ensure projects are completed with high quality and on schedule
  • Establish creative direction for the company as well as brand guidelines
  • Prioritize and manage multiple projects within design specifications and budget restrictions
  • Perform retouching and manipulation of images
  • Work with a wide range of media and use graphic design software
  • Bachelor's degree in graphic arts, design, communications, or related field
  • 3-5 years of experience in graphic design
  • Knowledge of layouts, graphic fundamentals, typography, print, and the web
  • Familiarity with HTML and CSS preferred
  • Knowledge of Adobe PhotoShop, Illustrator, Sketch, InDesign, and other graphic design software
  • Compelling portfolio of work over a wide range of creative projects
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent eye for detail
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Graphic Designer Salaries

Average Base Pay

£27,771 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£19K
Median: £28K
£41K
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Graphic Designer Career Path

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Read what Graphic Designer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Just Eat for BusinessJust Eat for Business
Freelance Graphic Designer
23 Jan 2020

“I have to give praise to the talent team who made the interview/ onboarding process enjoyable and swift.”

Lulu Unlimited
Graphic Design Intern
29 Jan 2020

“I met really nice and friendly girls but we never really talked much during work.”

Sound PublishingSound Publishing
Graphic Artist
18 Aug 2021

“Great team of artists; everyone is highly skilled and eager to get the job done.”

Hexagon NutritionHexagon Nutrition
Senior Graphic Designer
27 May 2021

“It is a Great Place to work and they pay good remuneration as per skill / knowledge”

PreZentiumPreZentium
Senior Visual Designer
12 Mar 2021

“Good payment for your work and recognises you if you and your work is worth of”

Nones
Graphic Designer
14 Oct 2021

“I am good with designing but not that good so i need a little bit training at starting.”

Anita Goodesign Anita Goodesign
Senior Graphic Designer
26 May 2021

“There is no job security here no matter how well you do your job or how hard you work.”

ChamproChampro
Production Artist
3 Nov 2021

“You won’t gain much experience as a production artist/designer and there is very little creative freedom.”

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