Graphic Designer

Graphic Designer

Graphic Designers are responsible for the design and production for a range of visuals from flyers and logos to packaging and product displays.

A Graphic Designer may work internally within a business or as part of an agency and is responsible for producing designs and visuals for a variety of products depending on the organisation. They may work across several different mediums at once and are responsible for meeting deadlines and working within the guidelines given by stakeholders. They work with different platforms and programmes to produce designs depending on the end use and often need to balance creativity with outlined requirements.

In addition to this Graphic Designers may be responsible for working with marketing teams on brand designs such as logos and merchandise as well as internal and external assets.

Key skills

Graphic Designers need a high level of creativity and design skills as well as the ability to communicate well with their teams and stakeholders. They often need to work collaboratively with multiple teams across their organisation and need to demonstrate resourcefulness when working with tight deadlines or limited budgets.

The key technical requirements for a graphic designer include good digital design skills in programmes such as the Adobe Creative Suite (or equivalent) as well as the ability to adapt to the preferred programmes of their organisation.

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Graphic Designer FAQs

Do I need a degree to become a graphic designer?

Although the understanding gained in a relevant degree would be a great starting point for a graphic designer role there are a wealth of opportunities available to train outside of this including online courses which could allow you to start your career without a degree.

What progression opportunities are available from a role as a graphic designer?

Working as a graphic designer could allow you to progress to a range of roles.

Graphic designers often progress into the role of Web Designer. One of the main differences between graphic design and web design is the medium in which they are used.

Web design is creating a design for the web and online use, such as mobile apps, websites, and even things like email marketing campaigns while graphic design is primarily designed for print.

What is the average salary for a graphic designer?

The average salary for a graphic designer in the North East in 2022 was £25,169.

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