Mary, a multimedia designer, produces graphics used in videos at Babson College. She got into the graphic design field in high school and worked in print and pre-press before a lot of graphic design work came with the predominance of the web. Mary advises that if you are looking to get into the graphic design field, you should study art and art history to perfect your skills before taking them to utilize in your own work.
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.
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.
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