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GRAPHIC DESIGNER, IN-DEPTH: You Need Quality Over Quantity

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Alyn, a Graphic Designer who creates logos and signs for trucks, shares what she loves most about her job, its challenges, and how taking college classes that interested her helped her improve her English language learning. She also talks about finding work in her field and what she does to keep her work and life balanced.

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
National Statistic Change Location
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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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m='14360'>things</span> <span m='14650'>that</span> <span m='14760'>you</span> <span m='14860'>never</span> <span m='15030'>notice</span> <span m='15730'>after</span> <span m='15940'>the</span> <span m='16100'>time</span> <span m='16550'>goes</span> <span m='17020'>past.</span> </p><p><span m='17660'>And I'm</span> <span m='17770'>learning</span> <span m='18130'>also</span> <span m='18420'>photograph</span> <span m='18980'>things,</span> <span m='19360'>to</span> <span m='19470'>be</span> <span m='19590'>able,</span> <span m='19770'>if</span> <span m='19910'>I</span> <span m='19960'>want,</span> <span m='20270'>to</span> <span m='20370'>do</span> <span m='20480'>some</span> <span m='20700'>kind</span> <span m='20880'>of</span> <span m='20930'>graphics,</span> <span m='21270'>like</span> <span m='21330'>take</span> <span m='21550'>the</span> <span m='21630'>picture.</span> <span m='22210'>And</span> <span m='22460'>I</span> <span m='22540'>can</span> <span m='22740'>do</span> <span m='22870'>that.</span> <span m='24300'>And</span> <span m='24555'>I</span> <span m='24810'>don't want</span> <span m='24880'>to be</span> <span m='24980'>professional,</span> <span m='25530'>but</span> <span m='25670'>I</span> <span m='25720'>need</span> <span m='25820'>something</span> <span m='26270'>decent.</span> </p><p><span m='26880'>So</span> <span m='27900'>I</span> <span m='28030'>like</span> <span m='28250'>the</span> <span m='28450'>flexibility</span> <span m='29420'>that</span> <span m='29600'>I</span> <span m='29680'>can</span> <span m='29910'>do,</span> <span m='30200'>like</span> <span m='30410'>I</span> <span m='30460'>can</span> <span m='30890'>go to</span> <span m='31110'>work.</span> <span m='31600'>I</span> <span m='31680'>can</span> <span m='32630'>go</span> <span m='32759'>to</span> <span m='32930'>the</span> <span m='33050'>gym</span> <span m='33610'>to</span> <span m='35530'>get</span> <span m='35700'>out,</span> <span m='35930'>that</span> <span m='36030'>kind</span> <span m='36180'>of</span> <span m='36250'>stuff.</span> <span m='36430'>Because</span> <span m='36670'>you</span> <span m='36770'>need</span> <span m='38430'>fresh</span> <span m='39060'>ideas.</span> <span m='39700'>So</span> <span m='40070'>even</span> <span m='40290'>though</span> <span m='40440'>if you</span> <span m='40525'>can</span> <span m='40610'>work</span> <span m='40960'>the</span> <span m='41020'>whole</span> <span m='41290'>day,</span> <span m='41510'>they</span> <span m='41630'>were</span> <span m='41890'>not</span> <span m='41940'>the</span> <span m='42030'>same.</span> <span m='42280'>You</span> <span m='42350'>have</span> <span m='42530'>to</span> <span m='42630'>be</span> <span m='43100'>quality,</span> <span m='44670'>and</span> <span m='45000'>not</span> <span m='45220'>quantity.</span> <span m='45820'>And</span> <span m='45970'>so</span> <span m='46460'>when</span> <span m='46760'>I</span> <span m='46850'>try</span> <span m='47160'>to</span> <span m='47490'>focus</span> <span m='48020'>to</span> <span m='48140'>the</span> <span m='48240'>business,</span> <span m='48660'>I</span> <span m='48840'>also have</span> <span m='49120'>to</span> <span m='49520'>focus</span> <span m='49900'>on myself</span> <span m='50370'>to</span> <span m='50530'>go</span> <span m='50690'>to</span> <span m='50850'>the</span> <span m='50990'>gym</span> <span m='51260'>and try to</span> <span m='51410'>eat well.</span> </p><p><span m='52550'>It's</span> <span m='52740'>still</span> <span m='52990'>a challenge to</span> <span m='53450'>me,</span> <span m='53910'>to</span> <span m='54040'>try</span> <span m='54310'>to</span> <span m='54540'>focus,</span> <span m='54940'>try</span> <span m='55160'>to</span> <span m='55250'>dedicate</span> <span m='55840'>when</span> <span m='55990'>it's</span> <span m='56090'>work,</span> <span m='56270'>it's</span> <span m='56450'>work,</span> <span m='56840'>when</span> <span m='56900'>I</span> <span m='56940'>have</span> <span m='57120'>to</span> <span m='57220'>do</span> <span m='57310'>my</span> <span m='57470'>own</span> <span m='57680'>stuff.</span> <span m='57930'>Because</span> <span m='58170'>you</span> <span m='58270'>have</span> <span m='58460'>a</span> <span m='58650'>lot of</span> <span m='58750'>freedom.</span> <span m='59670'>So</span> <span m='60090'>and it's</span> <span m='60940'>hard</span> <span m='61530'>also</span> <span m='61930'>to--</span> <span m='62410'>it's</span> <span m='62540'>not</span> <span m='62800'>hard,</span> <span m='63080'>it</span> <span m='63450'>challenge</span> <span m='63740'>you</span> <span m='64030'>and</span> <span m='64140'>take</span> <span m='64390'>time</span> <span m='64670'>to</span> <span m='65530'>take you from</span> <span m='66850'>old</span> <span m='67090'>habits</span> <span m='67730'>to the</span> <span m='67930'>new</span> <span m='68020'>habits.</span> </p><p><span m='68990'>I</span> <span m='69080'>was</span> <span m='69350'>taking</span> <span m='69690'>English</span> <span m='70130'>classes,</span> <span m='70480'>but</span> <span m='70630'>I</span> <span m='70750'>wasn't--</span> <span m='71390'>sometimes</span> <span m='71590'>I</span> <span m='71770'>pass and</span> <span m='71930'>sometimes</span> <span m='72270'>I</span> <span m='72510'>don't.</span> <span m='72900'>But</span> <span m='73260'>when</span> <span m='73550'>I</span> <span m='73950'>study</span> <span m='74480'>art,</span> <span m='75340'>there</span> <span m='75470'>was</span> <span m='76220'>something--</span> <span m='76640'>I</span> <span m='76880'>don't</span> <span m='77010'>know--</span> <span m='77070'>like</span> <span m='77290'>[INAUDIBLE].</span> <span m='78940'>And</span> <span m='79130'>I</span> <span m='79160'>was</span> <span m='79270'>trying</span> <span m='79550'>to do them</span> <span m='79750'>well.</span> <span m='80180'>And</span> <span m='80300'>so</span> <span m='80380'>they</span> <span m='80700'>motivate</span> <span m='80810'>me.</span> <span m='80950'>Because</span> <span m='81900'>in</span> <span m='81920'>English</span> <span m='82190'>class,</span> <span m='82550'>I</span> <span m='82600'>would</span> <span m='82840'>not</span> <span m='83060'>be</span> <span m='83230'>able</span> <span m='83510'>to</span> <span m='83980'>pass</span> <span m='84280'>the</span> <span m='84400'>class.</span> <span m='85060'>And</span> <span m='85210'>even</span> <span m='85350'>though</span> <span m='85480'>so</span> <span m='85620'>much</span> <span m='86220'>effort</span> <span m='86350'>I</span> <span m='86490'>can</span> <span m='86720'>put</span> <span m='86890'>it,</span> <span m='87910'>it</span> <span m='88200'>wasn't</span> <span m='88520'>coming</span> <span m='89370'>into</span> <span m='89680'>my</span> <span m='89820'>head.</span> </p><p><span m='90750'>But when</span> <span m='90940'>I</span> <span m='91080'>was</span> <span m='91300'>studying</span> <span m='91580'>art</span> <span m='92200'>or</span> <span m='92450'>photograph or</span> <span m='92890'>things</span> <span m='93120'>like that,</span> <span m='93490'>it</span> <span m='93550'>was</span> <span m='93800'>interesting.</span> <span m='95200'>Even</span> <span m='95670'>though</span> <span m='95830'>you--</span> <span m='95980'>it's</span> <span m='96930'>Introduction</span> <span m='97470'>to</span> <span m='97550'>Business,</span> <span m='98530'>and I</span> <span m='98640'>was</span> <span m='98970'>able</span> <span m='99310'>to</span> <span m='99440'>understand</span> <span m='100000'>and</span> <span m='100130'>do</span> <span m='100230'>the</span> <span m='100370'>things,</span> <span m='100750'>but</span> <span m='101030'>not</span> <span m='101370'>able</span> <span m='101640'>to</span> <span m='103210'>have</span> <span m='103800'>a</span> <span m='104050'>really</span> <span m='104090'>flexible</span> <span m='104530'>writing</span> <span m='104920'>and</span> <span m='105030'>that</span> <span m='105090'>kind</span> <span m='105270'>of</span> <span m='105320'>stuff,</span> <span m='105570'>like</span> <span m='105800'>if</span> <span m='105930'>you</span> <span m='106050'>was</span> <span m='106240'>study</span> <span m='106780'>English</span> <span m='107260'>and</span> <span m='107340'>have</span> <span m='107510'>a</span> <span m='107580'>really</span> <span m='107840'>well</span> <span m='108650'>English</span> <span m='108860'>grammar</span> <span m='108980'>and all</span> <span m='109530'>that</span> <span m='109620'>kind</span> <span m='109760'>of</span> <span m='109820'>stuff.</span> <span m='110990'>But</span> <span m='111440'>I</span> <span m='111530'>was</span> <span m='111990'>able</span> <span m='112300'>to</span> <span m='112440'>understand</span> <span m='113000'>and</span> <span m='113260'>give</span> <span m='113720'>back</span> <span m='114040'>and</span> <span m='114380'>explain.</span> <span m='114770'>Also</span> <span m='115010'>because</span> <span m='115310'>I</span> <span m='115340'>was</span> <span m='115710'>in</span> <span m='115840'>the</span> <span m='115960'>time</span> <span m='116390'>that I</span> <span m='116510'>took</span> <span m='116920'>Introduction</span> <span m='117320'>to</span> <span m='117390'>Business,</span> <span m='117720'>I</span> <span m='117790'>was</span> <span m='117950'>studying</span> <span m='118230'>the</span> <span m='118290'>business.</span> <span m='119150'>So</span> <span m='119470'>I was</span> <span m='120100'>giving</span> <span m='120400'>experience</span> <span m='120880'>what</span> <span m='121010'>I</span> <span m='121050'>was</span> <span m='121230'>really</span> <span m='121490'>doing.</span> <span m='121930'>So</span> <span m='122060'>I was</span> <span m='122240'>into</span> <span m='122580'>the</span> <span m='122720'>things.</span> </p><p><span m='123430'>It's</span> <span m='123620'>not</span> <span m='123750'>hard</span> <span m='124070'>to</span> <span m='125250'>find.</span> <span m='125760'>It's</span> <span m='126030'>about</span> <span m='126500'>how</span> <span m='126710'>good</span> <span m='127040'>you</span> <span m='127190'>are.</span> <span m='127660'>It's</span> <span m='127960'>about</span> <span m='128210'>creativity.</span> <span m='129280'>And</span> <span m='129440'>it's</span> <span m='129479'>about</span> <span m='130199'>your</span> <span m='130490'>interest</span> <span m='130955'>in things</span> <span m='131520'>and how</span> <span m='131640'>you</span> <span m='131830'>put</span> <span m='132120'>together</span> <span m='132320'>things</span> <span m='132710'>and</span> <span m='132800'>how</span> <span m='132910'>you</span> <span m='133060'>combine</span> <span m='133315'>the</span> <span m='133570'>things,</span> <span m='134220'>is</span> <span m='134430'>[INAUDIBLE].</span> </p><p><span m='136620'>It's</span> <span m='137070'>what</span> <span m='137450'>I</span> <span m='138160'>can</span> <span m='138360'>say</span> <span m='138470'>about</span> <span m='138640'>my</span> <span m='138730'>experience</span> <span m='139060'>now</span> <span m='139390'>because</span> <span m='140590'>I</span> <span m='140770'>know</span> <span m='140990'>how</span> <span m='141110'>to</span> <span m='141270'>do</span> <span m='141410'>the</span> <span m='141520'>programs.</span> <span m='141990'>I</span> <span m='142050'>know how</span> <span m='142190'>to</span> <span m='142280'>manage</span> <span m='142740'>that kind of</span> <span m='142970'>stuff.</span> <span m='143370'>And</span> <span m='143440'>I</span> <span m='143510'>can</span> <span m='143710'>do</span> <span m='143850'>anything.</span> <span m='145350'>Before</span> <span m='145800'>it wasn't</span> <span m='145920'>nothing,</span> <span m='146490'>like</span> <span m='146815'>just</span> <span m='147140'>a</span> <span m='147230'>little</span> <span m='147330'>bit.</span> <span m='147550'>And</span> <span m='147720'>I</span> <span m='147840'>was</span> <span m='148090'>trying</span> <span m='148300'>with</span> <span m='148530'>the customers.</span> <span m='148855'>And</span> <span m='149180'>customers</span> <span m='149670'>didn't</span> <span m='149980'>know it, but</span> <span m='150150'>they was</span> <span m='150520'>OK</span> <span m='150930'>with</span> <span m='151150'>them.</span> <span m='152140'>And</span> <span m='152330'>then</span> <span m='152470'>later,</span> <span m='152940'>I become</span> <span m='153430'>better</span> <span m='153830'>and</span> <span m='153980'>better.</span> <span m='154310'>And</span> <span m='154450'>I</span> <span m='154530'>can</span> <span m='154750'>do</span> <span m='154940'>anything</span> <span m='155430'>now.</span> </p><p><span m='155930'>Depends</span> <span m='156150'>on</span> <span m='156400'>my</span> <span m='156530'>class.</span> <span m='156890'>I</span> <span m='157020'>try</span> <span m='157120'>to</span> <span m='157220'>make</span> <span m='157390'>a</span> <span m='157500'>schedule.</span> <span m='159150'>That</span> <span m='159370'>way I</span> <span m='159610'>don't</span> <span m='160060'>waste</span> <span m='160430'>time.</span> <span m='160740'>To</span> <span m='160840'>be</span> <span m='160970'>able</span> <span m='161190'>that</span> <span m='161530'>I can</span> <span m='162620'>work</span> <span m='163690'>and</span> <span m='163870'>also</span> <span m='163960'>incorporate,</span> <span m='164310'>like</span> <span m='164770'>I</span> <span m='164850'>go</span> <span m='165070'>to</span> <span m='165940'>two</span> <span m='166100'>or</span> <span m='166150'>three</span> <span m='166380'>days</span> <span m='166630'>for</span> <span m='166810'>sure</span> <span m='167180'>meditation</span> <span m='167780'>class.</span> <span m='168420'>And</span> <span m='168600'>then</span> <span m='168860'>also</span> <span m='170300'>I</span> <span m='170470'>do</span> <span m='170810'>the</span> <span m='170950'>homework.</span> <span m='171510'>And</span> <span m='171660'>I</span> <span m='171770'>do</span> <span m='172100'>the</span> <span m='172430'>school</span> <span m='172730'>and</span> <span m='173220'>eating.</span> <span m='173470'>And sometimes</span> <span m='173840'>I</span> <span m='174260'>also</span> <span m='174510'>try</span> <span m='174710'>to</span> <span m='174870'>cook</span> <span m='175100'>[INAUDIBLE].</span> <span m='176460'>The</span> <span m='176620'>only</span> <span m='176890'>thing</span> <span m='177150'>that</span> <span m='177300'>I'm</span> <span m='177390'>missing</span> <span m='177940'>here</span> <span m='178330'>is</span> <span m='179180'>I'm</span> <span m='179250'>trying</span> <span m='179640'>to</span> <span m='180560'>wake</span> <span m='180710'>up</span> <span m='180950'>more</span> <span m='181300'>clearly</span> <span m='182300'>to</span> <span m='182440'>come</span> <span m='182680'>here</span> <span 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