What is in a Typical Graphic Design Job Description?

How can you deliver?

In the typical graphic design job this is one question that you must be able to answer again and again.  Check out this video to see what essentials skills you should have in order find graphic design job opportunities and break into this exciting multimedia career field.

Transcript

Hi. My name is Ally Gray Freeland, and I am the host of Rasmussen College's newest video blog series, What Should I Do With My Life? So in this series we'll speak with expert instructors that will help answer the question, what should I do with my life?

So today I'm here with John Mindiola, III, who is a technology and design instructor for Rasmussen College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. So today he's going to share some really important information about graphic design and multimedia fields and really the steps that you take education-wise and career-wise to get where you want to be.

 

I don't think there is a typical graphic design description anymore. Even if it focuses on print, designers are going to be working with other forms of media either in the production standpoint or working in a teamwork basis or directing kind of the look and feel of things. So essential skills like Photoshop and Illustrator, some Flash, that's going to be good to have. But what they're really looking for is someone who can communicate a message, understand a client and his target audience, and, one of the utmost important things, can you deliver on a deadline repeatedly? That's one thing that everyone who's interested in the field quickly learns is important. How can you deliver?

There are a number of different kinds of graphic design job opportunities, especially if you think about just been a designer and not necessarily a graphic designer. Which for a long time had meant print artifacts.

Designers are working in all different forms of media. Video, and not just for TV, but for the web, for mobile devices, and a lot of animation and motion graphics. These are really hot right now. And someone with a graphic design background and training can start to go in that direction and move towards those things.

It's learning some more tricks of the trade, adding some technology skills along the way. So design opportunities often are focused in certain regions of the country as well. Certain cities are known for certain types of things. That doesn't mean it will always be that way. So places that were just about print are moving to different realms online or on TV.

All right. A very special thank you to Mindiola, III, for sitting with us today to talk to us about educational and career opportunities in graphic design. So if this video sparked an interest in your desire to pursue educational opportunities in design and multimedia, please visit www.rasmussen.edu. Thanks.

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