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Graphic Designers

Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Determine size and arrangement of illustrative material and copy, and select style and size of type.
    • Create designs, concepts, and sample layouts, based on knowledge of layout principles and esthetic design concepts.
    • Confer with clients to discuss and determine layout design.
    • Develop graphics and layouts for product illustrations, company logos, and Web sites.
    • Use computer software to generate new images.
    • Review final layouts and suggest improvements, as needed.
    • Maintain archive of images, photos, or previous work products.
    • Prepare illustrations or rough sketches of material, discussing them with clients or supervisors and making necessary changes.
    • Draw and print charts, graphs, illustrations, and other artwork, using computer.
    • Key information into computer equipment to create layouts for client or supervisor.
    • Research new software or design concepts.
    • Mark up, paste, and assemble final layouts to prepare layouts for printer.
    • Study illustrations and photographs to plan presentation of materials, products, or services.
    • Prepare notes and instructions for workers who assemble and prepare final layouts for printing.
    • Produce still and animated graphics for on-air and taped portions of television news broadcasts, using electronic video equipment.
    • Photograph layouts, using camera, to make layout prints for supervisors or clients.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Originality

      The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.

    • Fluency of Ideas

      The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

    Knowledge

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    • Communications and Media

      Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 48270/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 23.2/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 9,130
    • Yearly Projected Openings 890

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Artistic: People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Innovation
    • Dependability
    • Initiative
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Adaptability/Flexibility

    Tools

    • Personal computers
    • Notebook computers
    • Laser printers
    • Digital cameras
    • Desktop computers

    Technology

    • Web platform development software
    • Video creation and editing software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Desktop publishing software
    • Computer aided design CAD software

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