Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by lefty, May 26, 2011.
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I had a question, who in here is a graphic designer for a living? I'm going to school for it right now in my sophomore year. How are the job markets right now? What could be expected starting pay in your area and the average pay with some years experience? (sorry for all the questions...I figure the best way to find out isn't to ask teachers who've been out of the industry for several years) Thanks for any info!
I'm not a graphic designer, but as with all creative fields, workload and compensation are very top-heavy. The majority of graphic designers make very little, and the median wage will be much smaller than the mean wage. It's not like accounting or pharmacy where learned skills can be applied in most circumstances by those that pass the curriculum. There is advertising value for good graphic design, so clients are picky and their commissions end up in the pockets of a smaller percentage of the overall people in the field. It's a growing field, so the overall outlook is upwards, but it's also over saturated because it has lots of popular appeal, especially among young people, whose work is really cheap. I'd recommend getting very good at web development so you can target work that lets you apply graphic design to website start ups and makeovers, because those technical skills are much more valuable.
Solid advice. I will add that along with web development, also look into mobile development, since the market for mobile apps / mobile is ever expanding.
Thanks for the advice guys! I do want to work on some web design. Mobile apps seem interesting too. (I was a comp. science major before design and decided all the programming would make me miserable for the rest of my life.) Unfortunately, I'm not a kid (30) and I have a wife and kid so I'll have to do what pays the bills I guess. I'd love to work for an ad agency though . I've always been intrigued by the layouts of ads and brochures ever since I was a kid (yes pretty meager life I know lol) . What languages go into web design? I'm semi-proficient in Java and know enough html to get my programs to host on a site but that's about it. My only concern is I'm going to be going against people almost half my age willing to possibly work half my salary.
Well, of course strong HTML is a plus. So is Java. For mobile, check out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_application_development
Two posters for classical music concerts:
From Alex Ross's blog.
You're just down the street from the largest privately help ad agency in the country you know. DFW has a bunch of agency work actually so you'll be in a good place when you're ready to get started.
Do you have any names of companies off the top of your head? I know about the Richard Group but that's all I know so far. Thanks for the tidbit of info!
Best website I've found for quality graphic design:
Be sure to click the links in the posts, because they usually go to the designer's website with lots of other great work.
Here's a really great example:
wifes mum just got the agency for vitra
I like that Vitra shot though I might have had the Algue growing over the building.
Stunt Poetry - Directed by Rishi Kaneria.
Shot with the Canon 60D. Edited in Premiere.
Post production done in After Effects with Twixtor.
Starring Dante Ha, a professional stunt man whose work includes Dark Knight Rises, Contagion, X-Men:First Class, Walking Dead, Teen Wolf and more.
I saw that Space Oddity thing on another site. It made the song sad for me.
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