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5 Unique Careers for Graphic Designers

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Not all graphic designers work on logos or create websites. If you graduated with a degree in graphic design there are other careers that also target your specific abilities. Since the graphic design industry is competitive, think outside the box during your job search and seek positions that require creativity, artistic knowledge and communication skills. Additionally, specialized services in publishing, advertising and public relations are common in the graphic design industry, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Video Game Artist

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Video game artists are responsible for the aesthetics of a game. They understand concept art, computer graphics and animation. This job is ideal for a graphic designer since its focus is on drawing and using common design programs like Photoshop and Illustrator. Furthermore, the future looks bright for video game artists since online games, like those found on the iWin website, will continue to increase in popularity over the next few years, illustrates DigiWorld.

Interior Designer

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Although not strictly graphic design, an interior designer must be highly knowledgeable about color theory. If you enjoy interacting with people and creating beautiful spaces, this might be the right path for you. Aside from having an eye for color and texture, you’ll also need to know how to read blueprints and be aware of building codes and inspection regulations, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics. You can become a self-employed interior designer if you’re willing to dedicate the time to learn these necessary skills.

Exhibition Designer

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An exhibition designer specializes in special exhibit and set creation. Exhibition designers typically work in museums, theaters or on the set of a movie or television show. They are responsible for creating visible displays that are tailored to a theme, size limit, audience, purpose or budget, explains Sokanu. An exhibition designer needs a high level of artistic and design skills, as well as the ability to work with clients, contractors and other designers. Also, much like a traditional graphic design job, exhibition designers create a prototype, present it to the client and make any necessary changes until it is approved. Sokanu stresses that to become an exhibition designer, an individual must have an eye for detail, color, shape and light.

Package Designer

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Package designers design labels for boxes, bottles, cans, bags and cartons, states The Site Slinger. Their focus is on label artwork as well as 3D modeling. Keep in mind is that this career is completely anonymous. If you’re comfortable not receiving direct credit for your work, you’ll thrive in this career. You should also have an affinity for advertising since this position relies heavily on communicating product information and using design to influence the buyer.

Print Publication Designer

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According to The Site Slinger, our tablets and smartphones are creating an overlap of print design and digital technology. If you enjoy working with inDesign and work well in a fast-paced setting, you might want to consider a future in publishing. Additionally, a 2012 infographic by Aptara and Publishers Weekly showed that four out of five publishers were producing eBooks. If the book industry continues in the same direction then it’s likely that print publication designers will mostly work on digital publications in the future.

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