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GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Creates Logos And Signs For Use on Trucks

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Alyn, a Graphic Designer, describes her job creating logos and signs for trucks. She shares what a day looks like for her, how she got into this field, how she's tailored her education to help her run her small business and what's she learned in her career as a businesswoman.

Job Title: Graphic Designer
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Graphic Designers

Job Description

Graphic designers combine art and technology to communicate ideas through images and the layout of web screens and printed pages. They may use a variety of design elements to achieve artistic or decorative effects. They develop the overall layout and production design for advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

In 2010, about 29 percent of graphic designers were self-employed. Graphic designers who are self-employed may need to adjust their workday to meet with clients in the evenings or on weekends. In addition, they may spend some of their time looking for new projects or competing with other designers for contracts.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$25,000 - $75,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Flexible
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Creativity, Teamwork, Artistic

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<span m='11260'>started</span> <span m='11540'>doing</span> <span m='11730'>the</span> <span m='11870'>signs</span> <span m='12610'>for</span> <span m='12750'>the</span> <span m='12860'>truckers</span> <span m='13670'>and</span> <span m='13880'>just</span> <span m='14050'>in</span> <span m='14130'>focus</span> <span m='14500'>to</span> <span m='14560'>that.</span> <span m='14890'>I</span> <span m='15040'>didn't</span> <span m='15190'>know</span> <span m='15310'>nothing</span> <span m='15630'>about</span> <span m='15870'>the</span> <span m='16120'>designs.</span> <span m='16740'>I</span> <span m='16870'>went</span> <span m='17140'>to</span> <span m='17210'>the</span> <span m='17300'>school,</span> <span m='17600'>to</span> <span m='17900'>[INAUDIBLE]</span> <span m='18070'>city college,</span> <span m='18470'>to</span> <span m='18570'>study</span> <span m='19340'>art,</span> <span m='19650'>multimedia,</span> <span m='20200'>all</span> <span m='20283'>the</span> <span m='20366'>programs.</span> </p><p><span m='21330'>So</span> <span m='21500'>I</span> <span m='21580'>started</span> <span m='21930'>with</span> <span m='23050'>independence</span> <span m='23780'>drivers,</span> <span m='24730'>and</span> <span m='24910'>then</span> <span m='25000'>with</span> <span m='25180'>a</span> <span m='25240'>few</span> <span m='25440'>companies.</span> <span m='26250'>I</span> <span m='26430'>work</span> <span m='27270'>Monday</span> <span m='27360'>through</span> <span m='27640'>Saturdays</span> <span m='28100'>here.</span> <span m='29100'>I</span> <span m='29210'>go</span> <span m='29340'>to</span> <span m='29480'>the</span> <span m='29590'>school,</span> <span m='31060'>do</span> <span m='31200'>this</span> <span m='31370'>in</span> <span m='31450'>the</span> <span m='31530'>morning.</span> <span m='31830'>I</span> <span m='31890'>take</span> <span m='32110'>another</span> <span m='32240'>class,</span> <span m='32689'>another</span> <span m='33380'>night</span> <span m='33630'>class.</span> <span m='34100'>I</span> <span m='34230'>take</span> <span m='34360'>two</span> <span m='34610'>or</span> <span m='34670'>three</span> <span m='35530'>courses</span> <span m='35860'>from</span> <span m='36330'>classes.</span> <span m='37040'>I</span> <span m='37110'>was</span> <span m='37320'>going</span> <span m='37470'>to</span> <span m='37580'>the</span> <span m='37680'>school</span> <span m='37930'>for</span> <span m='38280'>English</span> <span m='38580'>and</span> <span m='38880'>other</span> <span m='39110'>kind</span> <span m='39340'>of</span> <span m='39400'>classes,</span> <span m='40210'>but</span> <span m='40470'>then</span> <span m='40620'>I</span> <span m='40670'>started</span> <span m='41150'>taking</span> <span m='41800'>art</span> <span m='42250'>classes,</span> <span m='42690'>as</span> <span m='42960'>the</span> <span m='43230'>multimedia</span> <span m='43690'>and</span> <span m='44150'>other</span> <span m='44310'>a</span> <span m='44370'>kind</span> <span m='44560'>of</span> <span m='44610'>stuff,</span> <span m='44830'>to</span> <span m='44970'>learn</span> <span m='45210'>more</span> <span m='45370'>about</span> <span m='45530'>the</span> <span m='45630'>programs.</span> </p><p><span m='46230'>And</span> <span m='46350'>why</span> <span m='46650'>I</span> <span m='46950'>study</span> <span m='47080'>art?</span> <span m='47740'>To</span> <span m='47850'>be</span> <span m='48000'>able</span> <span m='48210'>to</span> <span m='48280'>be</span> <span m='48380'>more</span> <span m='48770'>creativity.</span> <span m='49500'>And</span> <span m='49730'>it's</span> <span m='49840'>what</span> <span m='50030'>I</span> <span m='50150'>think.</span> <span m='50450'>And</span> <span m='50720'>the</span> <span m='50800'>school</span> <span m='51015'>doesn't</span> <span m='51360'>teach</span> <span m='51670'>it.</span> <span m='51750'>Well,</span> <span m='51830'>not</span> <span m='51910'>that</span> <span m='52110'>kind</span> <span m='52300'>of</span> <span m='52410'>stuff--</span> <span m='52800'>only</span> <span m='52940'>is</span> <span m='53080'>teach</span> <span m='53410'>you</span> <span m='53650'>one</span> <span m='53970'>specific</span> <span m='54600'>thing,</span> <span m='54920'>like</span> <span m='55090'>a</span> <span m='55210'>one--</span> <span m='57030'>to</span> <span m='57160'>be</span> <span m='57400'>one</span> <span m='57640'>kind</span> <span m='57733'>of</span> <span m='57826'>career,</span> <span m='58140'>like</span> <span m='58300'>animator</span> <span m='58580'>or</span> <span m='58820'>something</span> <span m='59160'>like</span> <span m='59310'>that.</span> <span m='59540'>But</span> <span m='60080'>I'm</span> <span m='60270'>running</span> <span m='60530'>the</span> <span m='60600'>whole</span> <span m='60870'>thing,</span> <span m='61230'>the</span> <span m='61270'>whole</span> <span m='61550'>office.</span> <span m='62420'>So</span> <span m='62750'>I</span> <span m='62890'>was</span> <span m='63210'>like,</span> <span m='63610'>OK,</span> <span m='64080'>what</span> <span m='64500'>I</span> <span m='64569'>going</span> <span m='64666'>to</span> <span m='64763'>study</span> <span m='64860'>when</span> <span m='64989'>I</span> <span m='65030'>need</span> <span m='65209'>multimedia</span> <span m='65450'>to</span> <span m='65740'>know</span> <span m='65935'>the</span> <span m='66130'>graphics?</span> <span m='66530'>And</span> <span m='66650'>then</span> <span m='66870'>I</span> <span m='66930'>need</span> <span m='67180'>to</span> <span m='67280'>do</span> <span m='68190'>Introduction</span> <span m='68580'>to</span> <span m='69020'>Business</span> <span m='69390'>to</span> <span m='69510'>know</span> <span m='69640'>how</span> <span m='69750'>to</span> <span m='69880'>manage</span> <span m='70210'>the</span> <span m='70320'>business.</span> <span m='71796'>And</span> <span m='72260'>I</span> <span m='72320'>take</span> <span m='72610'>[INAUDIBLE]</span> <span m='73010'>philosophy</span> <span m='73820'>to</span> <span m='73980'>then</span> <span m='74140'>get</span> <span m='74400'>attached</span> <span m='74440'>to</span> <span m='74750'>things.</span> <span m='75050'>If</span> <span m='75305'>it</span> <span m='75560'>works,</span> <span m='75880'>works.</span> <span m='76230'>It</span> <span m='76340'>doesn't</span> <span m='76580'>work,</span> <span m='76900'>that's</span> <span m='77090'>OK.</span> <span m='78110'>At</span> <span m='78220'>least</span> <span m='78380'>you</span> <span m='78480'>try.</span> </p><p><span m='79370'>And</span> <span m='79650'>it's</span> <span m='79770'>why</span> <span m='80190'>I</span> <span m='81070'>take</span> <span m='81260'>a</span> <span m='81320'>different</span> <span m='81820'>classes.</span> <span m='82100'>Depends</span> <span m='82300'>on</span> <span m='82490'>what</span> <span m='82680'>I</span> <span m='82870'>think</span> <span m='83100'>that</span> <span m='83210'>I</span> <span m='83270'>need</span> <span m='83520'>in</span> <span m='83730'>the</span> <span m='83810'>office.</span> <span m='84690'>And</span> <span m='84910'>also</span> <span m='85310'>try</span> <span m='85550'>to</span> <span m='85690'>follow</span> <span m='85990'>some</span> <span m='86190'>kind</span> <span m='86380'>of</span> <span m='86450'>degree</span> <span m='86760'>in</span> <span m='86890'>the</span> <span m='86940'>school.</span> <span m='87650'>Even</span> <span m='87710'>it</span> <span m='87770'>doesn't</span> <span m='87830'>matter</span> <span m='88450'>if</span> <span m='88600'>I</span> <span m='88670'>take</span> <span m='88776'>my</span> <span m='88990'>time,</span> <span m='89390'>whatever,</span> <span m='89760'>I</span> <span m='89840'>don't</span> <span m='89990'>have</span> <span m='90140'>any</span> <span m='90320'>kind</span> <span m='90490'>of</span> <span m='90560'>major.</span> <span m='91080'>I</span> <span m='91190'>just</span> <span m='91370'>study</span> <span m='91870'>what</span> <span m='92070'>I'm</span> <span m='92320'>doing</span> <span m='92590'>right</span> <span m='92810'>now--</span> <span m='93280'>like</span> <span m='93580'>everything.</span> </p><p><span m='94380'>I</span> <span m='94690'>didn't</span> <span m='96300'>know</span> <span m='96410'>about,</span> <span m='96720'>first,</span> <span m='96990'>the</span> <span m='97100'>programs.</span> <span m='97770'>I</span> <span m='97920'>learn</span> <span m='98190'>how</span> <span m='99340'>to</span> <span m='99450'>manage--</span> <span m='101070'>to</span> <span m='101480'>talk</span> <span m='101536'>to</span> <span m='101593'>the</span> <span m='101650'>customers,</span> <span m='102560'>give</span> <span m='102770'>a</span> <span m='102860'>quotes,</span> <span m='103780'>billing</span> <span m='104280'>things,</span> <span m='104510'>about</span> <span m='105130'>do</span> <span m='105550'>the</span> <span m='105700'>graphics,</span> <span m='106270'>about</span> <span m='106590'>customers,</span> <span m='107390'>about</span> <span m='108850'>to</span> <span m='109120'>challenge</span> <span m='109530'>yourself</span> <span m='109960'>to</span> <span m='110070'>be</span> <span m='110180'>more</span> <span m='110410'>community.</span> <span m='110810'>Because,</span> <span m='111280'>it's</span> <span m='111540'>easy</span> <span m='112080'>when</span> <span m='112250'>you</span> <span m='112350'>have</span> <span m='112530'>somebody</span> <span m='113220'>who</span> <span m='114190'>tell</span> <span m='114350'>you</span> <span m='114480'>what</span> <span m='114640'>you</span> <span m='114720'>have</span> <span m='114880'>to</span> <span m='115000'>do,</span> <span m='115650'>then</span> <span m='115820'>you</span> <span m='115950'>have</span> <span m='116820'>the</span> <span m='117180'>thing</span> <span m='117400'>that</span> <span m='117500'>have</span> <span m='117810'>to</span> <span m='117890'>put</span> <span m='118080'>your</span> <span m='118370'>own</span> <span m='118800'>hours,</span> <span m='119600'>how</span> <span m='119710'>you</span> <span m='119820'>have</span> <span m='119950'>to</span> <span m='120030'>work</span> <span m='120590'>on</span> <span m='120790'>time,</span> <span m='121320'>things</span> <span m='121780'>like</span> <span m='122120'>to</span> <span m='122230'>be</span> <span m='122370'>responsibility.</span> <span m='123450'>And</span> <span m='123800'>when</span> <span m='123980'>you're</span> <span m='124100'>like</span> <span m='124280'>a</span> <span m='124340'>[INAUDIBLE],</span> <span m='124840'>it's</span> <span m='125040'>kind</span> <span m='125190'>of</span> <span m='125240'>hard</span> <span m='126220'>because</span> <span m='126890'>you</span> <span m='127450'>want</span> <span m='127840'>to</span> <span m='127930'>go</span> <span m='128289'>do</span> <span m='128440'>the</span> <span m='128580'>things.</span> <span m='129560'>The</span> <span m='129625'>more</span> <span m='129690'>freedoms,</span> <span m='130590'>you</span> <span m='130910'>take</span> <span m='131100'>more</span> <span m='131240'>advantage.</span> </p>","file":{"id":320734,"video_id":"2929981555001","name":"1613-Alyn-p-GraphicDesigner","duration":131983,"thumbnail_url":null}});