Graphic Designer By: Saleemah Alli

A graphic designer is a person who designs a visual message for a product using words and images for a client. From an outside perspective, it just looks like moving things around in Photoshop, but a graphic designer’s job is so much more than that.

Using an in-depth understanding of advertising and composition, a graphic designer can make a creative and interesting piece that helps the product stand out.

Graphic design is something that’s taken over the world. Every product, magazine or advert has a graphic designer working out where the title should go, how prominent the background image should be, what formatting the body text should be, and a lot more design decisions that go into the creative process.

Independent vs Team/Group:

As a Graphic Designer, the individual works alone when given projects, but gets others opinions when needed.

Education & Training

Getting your high school diploma is the first step in becoming a graphic designer. High school courses in art, design, English, and computers are especially useful for this career.

To become a graphic designer you also need some post-secondary training that provides instruction in the principles of graphic design, typography, illustration, graphics software use, and the printing and production processes.

Many new graphic designers have either a 3-year diploma or a 4-year degree. Relevant degree programs include those in graphic design and visual communication design.

Aspiring graphic designers should also put together portfolios of their best art and design work. Design program admissions boards and employers both expect applicants to have strong portfolios.

Courses that develop your speaking and writing skills are helpful, since graphic designers must be able to communicate effectively with their clients. In addition, you might consider taking some business courses.

For this role, you will need to:

  • Have a natural artistic ability
  • Be fully fluent in image editing and design software
  • Create graphics that communicate an idea or promote a brand
  • Know how to compose an image to a professional standard
  • Be comfortable accepting client briefs
  • Be able to meet deadlines
  • Market yourself to potential clients


Most graphic designers earn between $20,000 and $70,000 annually, with a national average of about $40,000 a year. Earnings depend on a number of factors, including years of experience, education, reputation, and geographic location.

After they gain experience, some graphic designers advance to management positions, such as art director, or become owners of their own companies. Owners of successful graphic design firms can make upwards of $100,000 a year.

Graphic designers who have found full-time employment often receive benefits such as paid vacations, sick days, and dental coverage. Self-employed graphic designers must provide their own benefits.

Type of Company, Organization or Institutions:

  • Disney - movie posters
  • Loblaw - store products
  • Flipp - flyers
  • Bluenotes - clothes designs
  • Google - homepage
  • Microsoft - logos
  • Apple - advertisements

My Opinion:

Ever since I took Grade 10 Media Arts, I fell in love with the idea of Graphic Design. That moment when I worked with Photoshop and Illustrator, I knew that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Ever year since then, I took Media Arts and Comm Tech because it would help me learn more about Graphic Design. In February, it was time for the Grade 12's to apply to Universities and Colleges. I decided to apply to York, Ryerson, and Waterloo for their Graphic Design program, and got accepted to their Ryerson program for Graphic Communication Management program which I will be learning both graphics and business. I believe this career will make me happy and we teach me a lot for future purposes.

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