What skills / software knowledge do I need for Graphic Design Jobs?
I’m planning to study Illustrator and InDesign, but wondered if there are any other software applications I need to familiarise myself with in order to apply for most graphic design jobs, ie. Flash, Quark Express, and so on.
You dont need to know computer programming to be a graphic designer…
It depends what you want to go into print or web?
I work in both, but if you are working with Illustrator / Photoshop I wouldnt bother with Quark, stick with InDesign. Web, Dreamweaver, Flash, you dont really need to know Fireworks if your good in Photoshop. Try to be an all rounder.
You dont need a degree, I never went but you do need a lot of raw talent, I work for a high end studio and I know a lot of designers who never went to Uni (I do know one but he designs ebay shops for a living, not really rock and roll).
Learn your Pantone colours, thats really important.
Start building your portfolio, do it for free if you have to, I used to design gig posters for bands (long time ago now) but it sort of gives you a sense of working with customers.
What other jobs could i do with a multimedia Design degree apart from Graphic & Web Design jobs?
Basically i’m finding it tough to find a web design or graphic design job and wondered what other jobs i could possibly apply for with my degree in Multimedia Design.
Anyone have any ideas? Thanks in advance
so any specific job titles you could think of?
Multimedia, as you probably understood from your course doesn’t just consist of creating media for web sites.
Multimedia can range from creating a advertising clip for a company, to helping game companies arrange/design there new game intro clip.
What kind of graphic design jobs are out there?
If I was to take a 4 year degree in graphic design what kind of job would i be able to do?
Wow! You’ve asked a tough one! That’s like asking “How high is Up?”
As a graphic Designer, I have worked many different jobs. I’ve worked for sign companies designing signage, running their sign design and layout computer, sculpting the 3-D billboards, 3-D digitizing maquettes into the computer for eventual routing, painting, and designing silkscreen masks. I have airbrushed, designed layouts for newsletters, magazines, greeting cards, and so on. I have done so many things that I can’t even rememer! And the funny thing is, I studied scientific illustration, not design! Right now, I do 2-D cad which gets translated to G-codes to run variouse milling machines. It’s a lot of fun, =-)
Here’s an article that may help answer some of your questions,
I recommend checking out all the job boards, see what’s out there.
Most Graphic Designers I know are only making about 22-30k . its a job you do for love
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