Graphic Jobs

Graphic Designers are consistently sought after due to their applicability to a wide range of projects and campaigns. Graphic Designers work with marketing staff to creative digital material, this can come in a variety of forms: posters, website design, exhibition stands, books and advertising are all examples of work that a Graphic Designer can take on. Working in an agency, candidates will be expected to apply their innovation and skill-set to a wide range of projects – meanwhile, working in-house, candidates will focus solely on the creative output of one ongoing campaign.

Responsibilities

Graphic Designers are responsible for designing graphics to be used in media products. They are often part of a wider digital marketing team and therefore report to a Digital Marketing Manager or Creative Manager. General responsibilities include:

  • Develop design briefs and follow through on them efficiently

  • Liaising with clients, or the subsequent Account Manager, to understand the business objectives

  • Develop graphics and designs based on the design brief

  • Quote clients, or work with the Account Manager to do so, based on the time taken to finish a project

  • Work with a wide range of media products

  • Express a commitment towards personal development and the acquisition of new design skills

Expected Skills & Qualifications

Although entry at a Junior level is not specific to those who have a Higher Education qualification, preference may be for those who have a degree in Graphic Design or Art. Candidates will be expected to display a portfolio of past work, and this portfolio should display a sound knowledge. Full skills include:

  • Superb IT skills and a fluency in using design software such as InDesign or Adobe Illustrator

  • Creativity and innovation are what sets Graphic Designers apart

  • Good time management and organisation skills when working to a deadline

  • An appreciation of client goals and objectives

  • Meticulous proofreading with regards to text copy

Salary

The average salary for a Graphic Designer in the United Kingdom is currently around £22,000 per year. The beginning salary currently averages at around £16,00 per year for Junior positions. More experienced candidates, or those who have been in the position for a number of years, can hope to earn upwards of £30,000 per year plus small bonuses. (via PayScale)

Career Progression

Following on from a successful stint as a Graphic Designer, candidates may progress into a Senior Graphic Designer role – however, based on the experience gained, it is not uncommon to see Graphic Designers transition into Web Design or Development.


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