June 11, 2010, Newsletter Issue #71: Graphic Design: What Skills Are Needed?

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Do you have the qualities needed to become a graphic designer? New York graphic designers and designers from sunny California all have one thing in common--they need a particular skill set to perform their work well. Some of this comes from schooling and on the job training, but there are also certain qualities that are a bit more elusive to describe.

For example, graphic designers must be able to "synthesize" the input from many people into an idea or campaign that pleases everyone. They must also be able to take people's thoughts and opinions an turn them into a graphic, logo or other visual representation of the concept.

Graphic designers need to be able to stay cool under pressure, as many times a project will have strict time constraints with short deadlines. They also need to have an eye for color, layout and shapes. If that isn't enough--graphic designers must also understand business and marketing so that they are able to utilize their design skills in a way that benefits their client's organization.

People best-suited to this field are those with strong visual talents and an ability to perform multiple tasks side by side. Interpersonal skills are another important factor, as designers will interact with many different people during the course of a particular project.

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