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Big Industries vs. High Paying Industries

The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the top five industries with the highest concentration of graphic designers as well as the five industries that pay graphic designers the most. Unfortunately, there is absolutely no overlap between the two lists. Should you pay attention to one more than the other?
First, the industries with the highest level [...]

Design Career Profile: Environmental Graphic Design

Do you have the skills necessary to combine graphic, interior, architectural, industrial, and landscape design? Do you enjoy shaping the overall concept or feel of a place? Then you may enjoy a career in environmental graphic design.
What Is Environmental Graphic Design?
In this career, you could find yourself working in such diverse areas as creating the [...]

Choose Your Graphic Design Courses Wisely

“Graphic design” encompasses a wide range of jobs, each one demanding certain specific skills. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, graphic designers with experience in animation and web design should have the best job opportunities. So how do you prepare for those careers?
Multimedia artists and animators need the ability to draw by hand and [...]

You Finished Graphic Design School… Now What?

“Graphic designer” encompasses an array of careers from animation to web design, but some newer job titles have risen to the top in recent years.

Brand Identity Designer
How do companies want to appear in the public’s eye? What image does their logo, advertising, and website project? The brand identity designer oversees all these aspects of the [...]

Do You Need to Know How to Draw or Sketch to be a Graphic Designer?

The short answer is no, you don’t. But in truth this question requires a more complicated response. Plenty of graphic designers have gotten jobs without knowing how to draw at all. Nevertheless, learning how to draw or sketch can be invaluable for three big reasons.

You have to be able to explain visual concepts and ideas [...]

Best Paying Cities for Graphic Designers

Should you relocate to make more money as a graphic designer? Or even look for graphic design colleges in specific cities to improve your employment prospects? Certain cities do pay significantly more than others.
If a high salary is your primary goal, then you should know the five highest paying metropolitan areas for graphic designers in [...]

Three Off-the-beaten Path Graphic Design Careers

According to The Princeton Review, nearly 25,000 people try to enter the field of graphic design each year. But only about 60 percent persevere the first two years, and only about 30 percent make it to the 5 year mark.
Perhaps that means graphic design is a tough career to pursue. Or perhaps those lost souls [...]

How to Avoid Facebook Disaster

Since we’re on the topic of good office and freelance behavior, it would be remiss to leave out the rules of engagement when it comes to Facebook and work. We’ve all heard the horror stories–someone leaves a disparaging status update about their boss, and the next day they’re fired. Remember Heather Armstrong, who was promptly [...]

Keeping Your Cool as a Graphic Designer - Part II

In the last post, we started to look at managing the more difficult moments as a graphic designer.  Let’s continue this professional therapy and consider how to work with a difficult client.
The Client/Professional
Before you roll your eyes in recognition of this persona, trust us, you have probably had your moment.  This client comes into the [...]

Graphic Design Dream Team - Part I

The Best in the Biz

If you love basketball, you might idolize LeBron James. If you are an avid golfer, you probably try to emulate Tiger’s swing. Even these days, the guy’s got a great swing.  But, if your passion is graphic design, you can’t tune into the graphic design competition on the graphic design channel, [...]

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