"Everything's very well structured, planned up to a year in advance, so you know when you have to deliver and how much your budget is." Joanne looks after all aspects of graphic design at the museum, from exhibition and way-finding signage to artwork for tube and press adverts. After university she worked for design and branding agencies, before combining further studies with part-time work.
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The UK average salary is £28,758
There are 37.5 hours in the average working week
The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male
DescriptionGraphic designers use illustrative, sound, visual and multimedia techniques to convey a message for information, entertainment, advertising, promotion or publicity purposes, and create special visual effects and animations for computer games, film, interactive and other media.
QualificationsEntrants have usually completed a foundation course, a BTEC/SQA award, a degree and/or postgraduate qualification. NVQs/SVQs in Design (in various disciplines) are available at Levels 2 and 3. Portfolio work is also important for entry.
- Liaises with client to clarify aims of project brief, discusses media, software and technology to be used, establishes timetable for project and defines budgetary constraints;
- Undertakes research into project, considers previous related projects and compares costs of using different processes;
- Prepares sketches, scale drawings, models, colour schemes and other mock-ups to show clients and discusses any required alterations;
- Prepares specification and instructions for realisation of the project;
- Liaises with other parts of the production team to ensure graphic design fits with other elements, processes and timescales;
- Produces or oversees creation of the final product.