Now that I have discovered the job roles and opportunities of Graphic Designers, I will continue to answer the tasked questions by exploring what skillsets are required to become a hired employee in this sector.
Using my own knowledge on the subject, and internet research that has been sourced below, I have composed a list of the most important skills required for Graphic Design.
- Creativity and imagination
- Knowledge of IT – Hardware and Software compatibility and restraints
- Experience with Adobe suit
- An ability to find practical solutions to problems
- Knowledge of printing techniques and processes
- Photography skills
- Ability to manage your time, meet deadlines and work within a budget
- An understanding of current trends and styles
- Understanding of Social Media usage
- Excellent communication skills
- Good spelling and grammar
- Confident presentation skills
- Ability to render ideas on paper to develop concepts – visual ideation
- Fluent teamwork
- Understanding of Typography
- Knowledgeable use of colour theory
- Knowledgeable use of Gestalt theory
- Web design skills – HTML, CSS
Some of these skills are relevant to the previous blog post on ‘Roles of a Graphic Designer’. The skills and rolls overlap with similarity, however the roles cover what you need to do as a designer, while the skills inform what traits you have in order to achieve the roles. The skills are more specific and important, as they come first in the process in becoming a Graphic Designer.
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