Graphic Design


The history of man’s love appreciation for visual art and captured images dates back about 30,000 years. It did not start with oil on canvas or pencil on paper, rather its humble birth was on ancient walls in prehistoric caves. As early man’s brain evolved, so did his fascination with imagery. Reproducing images and symbols developed into a skill that was passed down for generations as a method of communication and as a tangible was to record historical events. Although imagery has been used throughout the history of man, graphic design is a relatively current medium. One can say that graphic design is a modern descendant of traditional drawing. The term itself was first used in 1922 by an American illustrator and book designer named William Addison Dwiggins. Graphic design described the technique of combining text with artwork to create a visually appealing textual communication. Following this, graphic design spread its artistic influence throughout the publishing industry, broadcast media, retail advertising, and virtually all packaging materials used in the manufacturing sector. This accelerated the evolution of modern visual communication.

The early design industry demanded very skilled laborers. It took quite a bit of training, imagination, and creativity to become a master of the pencil or pen stroke. Even today the graphic design and professionally created multimedia often starts with pencil and paper though many tools have been created to bring forth the imagination of a graphic designer’s creative mind. There are countless applications and software packages that provide a digital platform for amazing graphic design to flourish. As much as creativity and the love for art play major roles in graphic design, there are key principles, methodologies, and techniques that need to be learned. These include printmaking, visual arts design, page layouts, typography, and many other design methods. It therefore helps to compliment natural artistic talent with a comprehensive graphic design education.

Currently, the applications of graphic design are incredibly numerous. Almost every organization requires a graphic designer. This is because they are responsible for designing company logos, brochures, web pages, advertisements, product brands, press releases, and other publications. The skills of a graphic designer are also crucial in other forms of visual communication and entertainment including film making, advertising, TV programs, and documentaries. Comic books and the 3D animation revolution would not be possible without the input of skilled graphic designers. This industry has spawned companies and organizations that are dedicated to creating graphic design software and other tools for professional designers. Being a relatively wide field, it is commonplace to find graphic designers who have specialized in web graphics, desktop publications, technical schematics, industrial design and even architectural modeling among others.

Albeit being a wildly competitive field, the graphic design industry is expected to grow by about 13% year on year up to 2020. This is according to the U.S Bureau of labor and statistics. This is undoubtedly due to the phenomenal number of current and upcoming opportunities in the area. Although it may be difficult to predict specific developments that may come up in the future, it is possible to say with confidence that, with technological advancements, graphic designers will definitely be kept on their toes. This will not only be in terms of upcoming opportunities but also in terms of new techniques and tools that they will have to learn in order to remain competitive. Although there are numerous firms that are ravenous for graphic designers, a trend is developing where freelance designers are making a comfortable living as independent contractors. However, it is individual skill and quality of work that will set up-coming designers apart from the thronging crowd of talent in the industry.

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Glendale, AZ
20154
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Mesa, AZ
25960
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Tucson, AZ
494
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Tempe, AZ
840
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Phoenix, AZ
12164
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Tucson, AZ
35880
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Tempe, AZ
20865
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Scottsdale, AZ
10923
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Hot Springs, AR
3698
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Searcy, AR
6484
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Siloam Springs, AR
2073
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Fort Smith, AR
7335
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Rancho Cordova, CA
731
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Los Angeles, CA
75
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Sacramento, CA
35413
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Bakersfield, CA
18402
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Aptos, CA
15974
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Oakland, CA
1828
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Rancho Cucamonga, CA
21399
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Fountain Valley, CA
11231
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Compton, CA
6691
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Sacramento, CA
15946
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El Cajon, CA
9459
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Torrance, CA
27237
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Los Altos Hills, CA
18293
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Fresno, CA
25511
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Glendale, CA
16781
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Irvine, CA
13294
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San Diego, CA
1430
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San Dimas, CA
1030
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San Diego, CA
2040
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Woodland Hills, CA
21928
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San Francisco, CA
1462
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Ukiah, CA
4833
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Santa Clara, CA
10954
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Walnut, CA
29935
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San Jacinto, CA
17583
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Fremont, CA
11695
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San Marcos, CA
27442
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San Diego, CA
293
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Torrance, CA
724
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Santa Ana, CA
31073
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Sacramento, CA
27171
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Mission Viejo, CA
23260
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San Diego, CA
23211
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San Francisco, CA
9008
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San Jose, CA
12364
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San Mateo, CA
11310
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Animation | Architecture | CAD, Drafting | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Game Design | Graphic Design | Interior Design | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media
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Los Angeles, CA
3968
City
Animation | Architecture | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Game Design | Graphic Design | Illustration | Interior Design | Performing Arts | Photography | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media
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Santa Rosa, CA
25877
Public