though you may not realize it, you see the work of graphic
designers every day. That's because they're the ones who create
everything from flyers that come in the mail, to many of the
ads and shows you see on TV.
Graphic Designers are very creative, because it's their job
to bring people's ideas to life. In fact, the web site you're
reading right now was put together by someone who works with
graphic design. If you like drawing, coloring, photography
and working on the computer, this could be a great job for
Designers can work in many different areas:
Graphic designers at advertising companies create everything
from cool logos to packaging for DVDs or cereal boxes. If
you like to help your Mom with scrapbook layouts, or if you're
an expert at using your computer's photo software, graphic
design may be in your future.
Publishing: Companies that print things for people
to read like newspapers, books and magazines need people to
design every page. If your school or place of worship has
a newspaper or newsletter, you could volunteer to help out.
It's a great way to find out more about this job.
Websites & Video: Every website you visit, every
video game you play and all the cartoons you watch on TV are
put together using graphic design. There's lots of drawing
involved and there's also some computer programming too. If
you really enjoy art and computers, you could be on your way
to creating games or sites of your own some day.
Interview with Graphic Designer, Chris
has loved to design and draw things using his imagination
for as long as he can remember. Growing up, pencils, paper,
markers and paints could keep him busy for hours. Later, when
he was ready for college, he chose one especially for students
who like visual arts.
At that time (a few years before you were even born), computers
weren't used much in the classroom yet, and most people didn't
have one at home. "Everything was drawn by hand with
pen and ink or pencil." As it turned out, dreaming up
things to sketch as a kid had been great practice.
While still in college, Chris was offered a job where he'd
get to do something he'd always wanted to do-he could help
design cars! This was the first of a wide variety of jobs
he would have in the field of graphic design over the next
Not long after he started working for the auto company in
the styling area, he had the opportunity to move to a different
position. He was then asked to build a web site. Problem was,
he had no idea how to do this! Fortunately, he was given a
couple of months to accomplish the task.
He'd taught himself how to do new things in the past, so he
got started right away by buying software called Photoshop™
in order to learn what he needed to do. For several weeks,
he studied and experimented over and over again, until he'd
mastered basic web design skills. Once he'd done this, he
decided he liked this new job, and wanted to learn and do
From there Chris started his own part-time business and he's
been helping people with his creative talents ever since.
His clients have included all sorts of businesses and projects
such as menus for a restaurant, logos for inventors and web
sites for dentists, a landscaper, and an author.
As you can probably tell, if you like doing different stuff
on a regular basis, graphic design could be the perfect job
for you. That's one aspect that has kept Chris in the industry
for so long, "as a designer you get so much variety.
Every time you work, it's something completely different."
You Can Do to Get Ready:
is very simple, "draw, draw, draw." Also, you don't
have to worry about the computer at first. "Just use
paper and pencil, it's faster. I still start most of my projects
You might want
to check out a computer or art camp during the summer too.
Later on, you'll want to take classes at a college or trade
school. You can also read books and work with basic programs
on your own like Chris did.
Because there are
so many types of jobs and possible places to work, income
for graphic designers can vary quite a bit. If you're hired
after college, you might start out around $24,000 a year.
As you gain more experience, income can go to $50,000 and
If you have your own business, how much you make depends on
how many customers you can handle and the amount of money
you charge them. You can work part-time for extra money making
several hundred dollars a month, or full time and make several
thousand and support your family.
graphic designer answers lots of questions about what her
job is like.
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