Whether you have a cool, creative flare, an eye for detail, or you think just a little bit differently to everyone else, graphic designers are turning their imaginative passions into careers.
Graphic designers are visual communicators who create graphic concepts to convey information which can change the world around us. There’s no limit as to what can be created by graphic designers – everything from promotional campaigns, websites, software applications, business brands, complex service systems and more involve the minds of keen graphic designers.
What skills do graphic designers need?
Graphic designer’s must possess a blend of creative and technical skills. Graphic designers have excellent skills in being able to ‘rethink’ an approach to project problems. This allows graphic designers to develop radical ideas into rich project outcomes which reshape how we think, live and enjoy our lives.
Exceptional attention to detail, a creative vision and time management skills are another set of important skills for graphic designers. Graphic design projects can often be extensive with varying tools and skills required to complete a job. They engage in an agile work process, allowing them to shift and change their work practices to ensure unforeseen project issues are dealt with when they arise while still adhering to strict project deadlines.
What tools do graphic designers use?
Graphic designers use a magnitude of tools including graphic design applications. A well-known application is Adobe Creative Cloud, an industry standard software for design professionals. It allows designers to create on-trend visuals and utilise their imagination to draft up new designs and ideas.
Adobe Creative Cloud has a full suite of applications for graphic designers to use. Some commonly known applications include Adobe Photoshop, for creating and manipulating raster graphics; Adobe Premiere Pro, a timeline-based video editing app; and Adobe InDesign, used to create posters, flyers brochures and eBooks.
And with software comes hardware. Essential hardware useful to a graphic designer include fully equipped laptops or desktop computers, photography and videography equipment, and storage equipment.
Graphic designers tend to keep up-to-date with technologies to ensure their designs are inspiring, informative and captivating for the audiences they are trying to engage.
Studying a degree in graphic design at Murdoch
Studying a degree in graphic design will open you up to real organisations. You will get the opportunity to work and complete internships through our Work Integrated Learning program. Through your studies, you will also have access to studio spaces decked out with all the latest design software and hardware like 3D printers to help bring your print and digital designs to life.
You could also get the opportunity to travel abroad while you study and take part in special programs and internships within the creative or media industry. You could also study another major and graduate with two specialisations, further enhancing your career options.
Sound like you? Choose a course in graphic design and let your creative passion come to life.