How to become a Graphic Designer

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: August 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Graphic designers create original artwork for published, printed and digital media. Typical clients include commercial, public sector or charitable organisations requiring design work, although many designers gain work through design, marketing or advertising agencies.

They develop brand identities for their clients along with visual solutions that communicate ideas and marketing messages. Most graphic designers provide multimedia design services, linking graphic and web design to meet market demand and the increasingly fast rate of growth in digital advertising. The design sector in the UK is extremely competitive. Design services tend to be small or micro enterprises, with many designers operating on a freelance basis.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a graphic designer. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends, and the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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