Graphic Designers and Illustrating Artists 

Graphic designers conceptualize and produce graphic art and visual materials to effectively communicate information. Illustrators conceptualize and create illustrations to represent information through images.

Aptitude: • Excellent It Skills, • Exceptional Creative Flair And Design, • Excellent Time Management And Organisational Skills, • Accuracy And Attention To Detail, • An Understanding Of The Latest Trends And Their Role Within A Commercial Environment, • Proven Competence In Design And Image Processing Software, • Professional Approach To Time, Costs And Deadlines.

Work: Graphic designers perform some or all of the following duties: , Consult with clients to establish the overall look, graphic elements and content of communications materials in order to meet their needs; Determine medium best suited to produce desired visual effect and the most appropriate vehicle for communication; Develop the graphic elements that meet the clients' objectives; Prepare sketches, layouts and graphic elements of the subjects to be rendered using traditional tools, multimedia software and image processing, layout and design software; Estimate cost of materials and time to complete graphic design; Use existing photo and illustration banks and typography guides or hire an illustrator or photographer to produce images that meet clients' communications needs; Establish guidelines for illustrators or photographers; Co-ordinate all aspects of production for print, audio-visual or electronic materials, such as web sites, CD-ROMs, interactive terminals, etc.; Co-ordinate sub-contracting; Work in a multidisciplinary environment; Supervise other graphic designers or graphic arts technicians. , Illustrators perform some or all of the following duties: , Consult with clients to determine the nature and content of illustrations in order to meet their communications needs; Develop and produce realistic or representational sketches and final illustrations, by hand or using computerassisted design (CAD) software, for printed materials such as books, magazines, packaging, greeting cards, stationery, etc.; Assist in developing storyboards for electronic productions such as multimedia, interactive and digital products, television advertising and productions, etc.; Produce 2-D and 3-D animated drawings or computer illustrations; May adapt existing illustrations. , Illustrators may specialize in a particular field such as illustrations for children, advertising, editorials, humour, or medical, scientific or technical illustration, or multimedia design.

Title Examples: Advertising Designer, Animator, Art Director, Commercial Artist, Graphic Artists, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Layout Designer, Multimedia Designer, Page Designer

Useful Secondary School subjects: Graphic Design, Art, Computer-related courses, English

Degrees associated with this career: Certificate, Diploma, Post-diploma, Bachelor

Requirements: You must have a high school diploma and creative ability as demonstrated by a portfolio of your work. , You usually need a university degree in visual arts with a specialization in graphic design, commercial art, graphic communications or cartooning, or a college/other program in graphic arts. As an illustrator, you may also need additional training in your area of specialization. , You may need experience or training in multimedia design at a college/post-secondary or technical institution. , With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a manager or senior designer. , Most recent entrants have a trade/vocational certificate or community college diploma, and almost 1 in 4 has an undergraduate university degree.

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