A graphic designer is an expert in visual communication. He is the man behind the optical idea and pictorally presented message. Common uses for graphics design are the establishment of identity through creation of a logo or brand design, advertising and product packaging. A graphic design project involves stylizing and presenting text and images that relay an underlying meaning. Through the use of a combination of words, images and symbols the graphics design is a complete presentation that requires artistic and professional disciplines including:
* Visual Arts
* Page Layout Techniques
* Interface Design
* User Experience Design
A graphic designer must be a master at the techniques of typography. He must be able to craft, modify and arrange the script message of the graphic in such as way as to be attractive and to have specific intent of relaying the visual message in the most appropriate manner.
Visual art skills must be applied to the design before any of the other graphic art elements. This is the means by which the other elements are originated. Visual art works can be anything from photography and computer generated art to art originating from other more traditional media.
When the elements of the graphic design are ready to be arranged, page layout techniques must be applied in order the images and text reflect the desired style. Improper page layout can alter the message or create confusion in the mind’s eye of the viewer. It is up to the graphic designer to develop the most perfect page layout for the graphic elements to be displayed.
Interface design comes into play when the graphic designer finds himself with a project that entails working with software and web designers to develop a specific look and feel of a website. The graphic designer must combine his visual skills with communication skills to create a desired experience for an interactive web site user or visitor. Interface design falls hand in hand with the user experience design in that the graphic designer must take into consideration how the web site user or visitor responds to the interface developed and make the adjustments necessary in order that the desired end result be ultimately achieved.
The graphic designer’s mind is probably his most important tool. Good judgement and a high level of creativity are required to create a graphic design in addition to just the use of technology. Design layouts are the aggregate sum of the designer’s ability to think critically, analytically, quantitatively and through observation.
The arrangement, style and medium of the presentation are also important. The proper development and presentation of the layout can dramatically alter the way in which the graphic design is perceived by its target audience. Computers provide an essential tool for the graphic designer to use in order to see the immediate effect of layout changes and to simulate traditional media effects without the requirement of a lot of time or space. Ideas can be easily experimented with and developed in order that the ultimate message and meaning be most appropriately conveyed.
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