Chris, a graphic designer for a magazine publication, took a convoluted way to get to her current job. As a teenager, she loved art but didn't think that she was talented enough to make a career of it. She then went into education as well as business before arriving back to the conclusion that she was meant to be creating art for a living. She advises that you should go for what you love and follow it, because it will be where you want to be.
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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