What skill set’s are needed by a Graphic Designer?

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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