Graphic Designers

Last updated January 01, 2015

If you’re fascinated by the differences between the fonts Times New Roman and Geneva -- or simply enjoy arranging photos on a page -- you may have a future in graphic design. One of the most practical paths for artsy people, graphic design requires not only a good eye but an ability to use the computer as a tool for achieving your vision.

Graphic designers work with type and images to create the look for CD inserts, books, magazines, posters, catalogs, and other products. Some also design websites.

“The biggest misconception is that good design is just a simple matter of making things 'pretty.'” Heather, Graphic Designer

Are You Ready To...?

  • See your ideas in living color in print and online
  • Create designs under deadline pressure
  • Revise designs in response to feedback
  • Learn the latest computer software
  • Meet with clients
  • Prepare documents for the printer

It Helps To Be...

Organized, creative, and computer savvy. You’ll have to stay up to speed on all the latest design software. Flexibility is also key: if your client wants purple type on a peach background, you’ll have to swallow your artistic pride and deliver.

Make High School Count

  • Sign up for art class. It will help you develop the eye you need and will teach you the fundamentals of color, perspective, and form.
  • Join the school newspaper or yearbook staff and try your hand at page design.
  • Learn as many computer programs as you can, especially desktop publishing or Web design programs. The practice will help you decide if this is the path for you -- and give you a jump start on your career.

The only way to learn all the technical sides of working as a graphic designer is to get your feet wet by doing it.” Patrick, Freelance Graphic Designer