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GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Even If You're An Introvert, Networking Is Key To Your Success

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As a graphic designer, in order to meet the demands of an advertising industry - whether it be in magazines or websites - an appreciation and love of art in all forms is essential when designing and graphically communicating a product or service. Everything advertised needs to be designed, and passionate graphic designers meet those needs.

Degree: Religion/Religious Studies
Job Title: Graphic Designer
Employer: Anthro Corporation

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.

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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
$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
Indoor, Office, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Artistic, Creativity, Teamwork, Detail oriented

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Anthro ?]</span> <span m='3320'>Corporation.</span> <span m='5116'>What I</span> <span m='5602'>do in a</span> <span m='6088'>typical</span> <span m='6574'>workweek</span> <span m='7060'>is</span> <span m='8032'>I do</span> <span m='8520'>a</span> <span m='8620'>lot</span> <span m='8790'>of</span> <span m='8880'>print</span> <span m='9300'>advertising.</span> <span m='9645'>So</span> <span m='9990'>I'm</span> <span m='10310'>on</span> <span m='10460'>the</span> <span m='10540'>creative</span> <span m='10970'>team</span> <span m='11355'>that</span> <span m='11740'>handles their</span> <span m='12203'>advertising</span> <span m='13129'>of</span> <span m='13592'>print.</span> </p><p><span m='15444'>We work</span> <span m='15907'>at</span> <span m='17770'>different</span> <span m='18040'>magazines.</span> <span m='18640'>So we</span> <span m='18955'>print</span> <span m='19270'>ads</span> <span m='19580'>in</span> <span m='19670'>magazines.</span> <span m='20270'>Also</span> <span m='20760'>do</span> <span m='21090'>online</span> <span m='21530'>banners.</span> <span m='22100'>So</span> <span m='22320'>anything</span> <span m='22610'>that's</span> <span m='22920'>going</span> <span m='23030'>to</span> <span m='23120'>advertise</span> <span m='23670'>our</span> <span m='23820'>company,</span> <span m='24190'>whether</span> <span m='24530'>it be</span> <span m='24720'>trade show,</span> <span m='25180'>for</span> <span m='25590'>instance,</span> <span m='26028'>or</span> <span m='26466'>advertising.</span> <span m='28220'>I</span> <span m='28350'>originally</span> <span m='28920'>got</span> <span m='29390'>into</span> <span m='30830'>graphic</span> <span m='31260'>design</span> <span m='31740'>in</span> <span m='32150'>college.</span> </p><p><span m='33220'>I</span> <span m='33320'>was</span> <span m='33590'>originally</span> <span m='33690'>a</span> <span m='34000'>ministry</span> <span m='34356'>major.</span> <span m='35070'>But</span> <span m='35350'>I</span> <span m='35420'>had</span> <span m='35580'>a</span> <span m='35640'>friend</span> <span m='36105'>a</span> <span m='37530'>couple</span> <span m='38010'>of rooms down.</span> <span m='38490'>He was</span> <span m='38970'>a graphic</span> <span m='39450'>designer.</span> <span m='39930'>I</span> <span m='40080'>had</span> <span m='40360'>drawn</span> <span m='40690'>my whole</span> <span m='40860'>life.</span> <span m='42010'>Loved</span> <span m='42713'>comic books,</span> <span m='43186'>loved</span> <span m='43840'>advertising,</span> <span m='44255'>loved</span> <span m='44960'>art,</span> <span m='45560'>all</span> <span m='45670'>my</span> <span m='45850'>art</span> <span m='46260'>classes</span> <span m='46585'>at</span> <span m='46910'>school</span> <span m='47850'>and</span> <span m='48320'>just</span> <span m='48790'>really dug</span> <span m='49260'>what he</span> <span m='49730'>was doing.</span> <span m='50200'>It looked like he was</span> <span m='50670'>having a lot</span> <span m='51140'>of fun,</span> <span m='51610'>while I was</span> <span m='52080'>hitting the books.</span> <span m='53020'>And</span> <span m='53490'>so</span> <span m='53680'>I</span> <span m='53700'>went and</span> <span m='54010'>talked</span> <span m='54350'>to</span> <span m='54640'>the</span> <span m='54930'>graphic</span> <span m='55377'>design--</span> <span m='57165'>the</span> <span m='57612'>professor.</span> <span m='58960'>And</span> <span m='59960'>said,</span> <span m='61410'>I</span> <span m='61500'>know</span> <span m='61620'>my</span> <span m='61750'>parents</span> <span m='62090'>are</span> <span m='62140'>going</span> <span m='62260'>to</span> <span m='62340'>ask</span> <span m='62670'>if</span> <span m='62740'>I</span> <span m='62920'>switched</span> <span m='63100'>my</span> <span m='63210'>major.</span> <span m='63580'>What</span> <span m='63780'>am</span> <span m='63880'>I</span> <span m='63930'>going</span> <span m='64099'>to</span> <span m='64140'>be</span> <span m='64280'>able</span> <span m='64530'>to do with</span> <span m='64620'>this</span> <span m='65113'>degree?</span> </p><p><span m='66100'>And</span> <span m='66550'>basically</span> <span m='66960'>what</span> <span m='67140'>he</span> <span m='67270'>did,</span> <span m='67510'>he</span> <span m='67610'>just</span> <span m='68420'>looked</span> <span m='68650'>around the</span> <span m='68690'>room</span> <span m='69010'>and</span> <span m='69330'>he</span> <span m='69640'>looked</span> <span m='69880'>at me.</span> <span m='69980'>He</span> <span m='70180'>said,</span> <span m='70610'>that</span> <span m='70810'>t-shirt</span> <span m='71270'>you're</span> <span m='71400'>wearing,</span> <span m='72190'>the</span> <span m='72260'>logo</span> <span m='72700'>on</span> <span m='72850'>it,</span> <span m='73020'>somebody</span> <span m='73450'>had to</span> <span m='73740'>design that.</span> <span m='74030'>That had to be a</span> <span 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m='107280'>how</span> <span m='107510'>important</span> <span m='107790'>networking</span> <span m='108070'>is.</span> </p><p><span m='108540'>I'm</span> <span m='109010'>more</span> <span m='109480'>of an</span> <span m='109950'>introvert.</span> <span m='110275'>And</span> <span m='110850'>networking</span> <span m='111520'>is</span> <span m='111710'>very</span> <span m='112030'>important</span> <span m='112690'>in</span> <span m='114650'>not</span> <span m='115140'>only getting</span> <span m='115630'>input</span> <span m='116120'>on</span> <span m='116610'>the work that</span> <span m='117100'>you're doing,</span> <span m='117590'>but</span> <span m='118080'>also,</span> <span m='119060'>seeing</span> <span m='119550'>what else is</span> <span m='120040'>out there</span> <span m='120530'>and</span> <span m='121020'>getting to know</span> <span m='121510'>other people</span> <span m='122000'>in the</span> <span m='122490'>business.</span> <span m='123470'>So</span> <span m='124810'>being a</span> <span m='125110'>people person</span> <span m='125410'>really</span> <span m='125710'>helps</span> <span m='126610'>in</span> <span m='126910'>this as</span> <span m='127210'>well.</span> <span m='127510'>So</span> <span m='127810'>you</span> <span m='128110'>can be an</span> <span m='128410'>introvert</span> <span m='130810'>working on</span> <span m='131110'>your</span> <span m='131410'>art</span> <span m='131710'>and</span> <span m='132010'>doing your</span> <span m='132310'>own thing,</span> <span m='132610'>but</span> <span m='132910'>it</span> <span m='133210'>also helps</span> <span m='133510'>to be an</span> <span m='133810'>extrovert</span> <span m='134110'>as well</span> <span m='134410'>to</span> <span m='134710'>get to know</span> <span m='135010'>other people.</span> </p>","file":{"id":167934,"video_id":"2700401120001","name":"124075284","duration":137170,"thumbnail_url":null}});