Career as Graphic Designer

Career as a Graphic Designer

About Graphic Designer

Graphic designers combine art and technology to articulate their ideas through images and the layout of websites and printed pages. To achieve artistic or decorative effects, they use a variety of design elements. The work of a graphic designer is based on a variety of products and activities, such as advertising, websites, books, posters, magazines, computer games, product packaging, exhibitions and displays, corporate communications etc. To choose graphic designing as a career, one must have a creative flair, up-to-date knowledge of industry software and computer technologies in order to remain competitive.

The job of a graphic designer includes designing layouts and select colors, images, and typefaces to use, incorporating changes recommended by clients or art directors into final designs, using digital illustration, photo editing software, and layout software to create designs and reviewing designs for errors (if any) before printing or publishing them. 

Eligibility to become Graphic Designer

For Diploma Courses:

Candidates can apply for a course in graphic designing right after class 10. However, some diploma courses require the candidates to complete 10+2.

For UG Courses:

Candidates have to pass 10+2 with minimum 60% marks, to pursue a degree in graphic designing.

Types of Job Roles Graphic Designer

Graphic designer job profiles depend on the experience and type of education one has. Following are some of the job profiles for a graphic designer:

Art Directors

They are responsible for the visual style and images in newspapers, magazines, product packaging, and movie and television productions. Art directors work closely with their clients or internal management teams to collect information about the brand and the desired target audience of their work.

Multimedia Artists and Animators

They create animation and visual effects for movies, television, video games, and other forms of media.

Web Developer

A web developer is responsible for designing and creating websites. He/she measures the speed of the website and how much traffic the website can handle.

Industrial Designers

They combine art, business, and engineering to make products that people use in day-to-day life. When developing new product concepts,they consider the function, aesthetics, production costs, and usability of products.

Craft and Fine Arts

They create handmade objects, such as pottery, glassware, textiles etc. They use a variety of materials and techniques to create art for sale and exhibition.

Drafters

The drawings of drafters provide visual guidelines and show how to construct a product or structure. They use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings.

Mobile Designer

Mobile designer collaborate with cross-functional teams to create compelling, interactive experiences on mobile devices. These designers know the aesthetic and functional aspects of web and mobile design. 

Employment Sector/Industry for Graphic Designer

There are various employment opportunities for a graphic designer in different sectors. Some of the top sectors/industries that require a graphic designer are listed below:

  • Corporate businesses

  • Television industry

  • MNCs

  • Publishing houses

  • Multi-media companies

  • AD Agencies

  • Web designing

  • Marketing firms

  • Printing and Publishing

  • Design studios

  • Commercial packaging

  • Training Institutions

  • TV and film company

Top Recruiting Companies for Graphic Designer

Few of the leading recruiting companies in the field of graphic designing where a graphic designer can find employment opportunities are listed below:

  • Cogwheel Studios

  • Wipro technologies

  • Fisheye, New Delhi

  • General Motors Design

  • Edge Studio, New Delhi

  • Mangoblossom Design, Mumbai

  • Think Design, Hyderabad

  • Eastern Silk Industries Ltd

  • Design Factory India

  • Moonraft Innovation Labs Pvt. Ltd

  • SAP Labs India Pvt. Ltd

Pay Scale/Salary of Graphic Designer

The salary of a graphic designer is based on the experience and projects given to him/her. Following are some relative salary figures for different graphic designer job profiles:

Job Profile

Starting Salary per annum (in INR)

Mid Level Salary per annum (in INR)

Senior Level Salary per annum (INR)

Art Directors

289,403

597,743

1,364,667

Web Developers

118,457

272,654

634,883

Industrial Designers

230,566

705,502

1,273,627

Note: The above figures are an estimate and may vary from individual to individual and company to company. 

Books & Study Material to Become Graphic Designer

Since graphic designing is a professional course and there is no entrance test to take admission in this course, hence, candidates will learn about graphic designing while pursuing the course itself.

However, here are some best books and study material that can be used to study for graphic designing course:

  • The Elements of Graphic Design by Alex W. White

  • The Little Know-It-All: Common Sense for Designers by Silja Bilz

  • Design, Form and Chaos by Paul Rand

  • Graphic Design Theory From the Field by Helen Armstrong

  • Guide To Graphic Design by Scott W. Santoro

  • Graphic Design: The New Basics by Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips

  • Media Design with Adobe by Catherine Skintik

  • Principles of Form and Design by Wong

  • Universal Principles of Design by William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, Jill Butler​

Pros of becoming a Graphic Designer

  • Graphic designer has a high demand in many industries. One gets to share his/her work online that opens up an endless stream of opportunities.

  • The field of graphic designing has the liberty to express ones imagination and creativity. Being in the designing industry, one learns new skills and techniques of work.

Cons of becoming a Graphic Designer

  • Graphic designing is a field with booms and busts. Graphic designers should be aware and prepared for fluctuations based on business cycles and economic changes.

  • Graphic designing is a highly competitive field. One has to perpetually show willingness to learn and improve.

Career path for Graphic Designer

If one wants to work for a large firm and earn a good salary, then, having an academic degree in graphic design is a preferred qualification. However, the minimum academic qualification required for becoming a graphic designer is mentioned below:

Subject Combination – Any Stream

Paths for Being Graphic Designer

Explore Similar Careers