[문화직업30] 그래픽디자이너 편


Culture Job 30 Graphic Designer Q. About graphic designers. [Kim Hyeong-seon / Graphic Designer]
Graphic designers present a specific idea or a particular message in an effective way through visual representation. They can choose from different media, which includes print media, websites, or videos. Then they come up with the right designs. The designs can be different depending
on the chosen medium. We receive help from experts to edit our
designs during the process of completing a project. We stay on top of the project and
participate in the design process. That’s the work we do as graphic designers. Simply put, we participate in
a design communication process and are responsible for the visual representation
of the final outcome. Q. Future potential of graphic designers? Graphic designers can become a very important
asset for a company, regardless of where they work. In fact, designers perform a variety
of tasks in a company. For example, they come up with technological
designs as well as designing contracts, manuals, and various company brochures. The produced designs can lead to an increase in
product sales by offering a clearer message. Designers come up with company logos that
are featured as a unique brand identity. Ideas can be better presented visually, so
companies value and trust graphic designers. In that respect, their future potential is limitless. Q. Attitude of graphic designers? Graphic designers develop visual elements using
various media and come up with the layouts. This means designers have to be creative
and always be imagining new things. The best-suited person is someone who has
innovative ideas and loves to push themselves. Some students think all they need to do is
to learn how to use graphic tools, but more importantly, they need to think of
the best way to translate their vision. Only well-organized ideas can be developed
into an innovative outcome. Designers also have to be observant and
detailed, since they’re expressing designs. It can depend on the person how they
choose to develop these abilities. In fact, designers employ various ways to
make their ideas concrete. For example, some people draw, and
some people do searches online to expand on their ideas. Those efforts have to become a habit for
the designer to love his or her job later on. Q. To become a graphic designer? Graphic designers have to be able to
use their tools well. Design tools are like weapons to graphic designers. The quality of their work can change depending
on how skilled and flexible they are. Personally, I think it’ll also help to have
a basic knowledge of the media out there. Let me illustrate why. Let’s take
Photoshop as an example. Even with the same tool, the outcome looks
different depending on whether you’re using print media or a web browser. After you’ve chosen the medium where your
design will be featured, you have to think of the best way to present your design and
the best way to go about your work. This means you have to have a fundamental
knowledge on the media that you’ll use. It’s important that you find this job exciting
and that you approach it as a fun occupation. Q. Kim Hyeong-seon’s future hopes? As a graphic designer, I’d like to work
on a media facade. Media facades use big projects to screen
a huge graphic design on the outside of a building. It’s actually considered media art. Buildings have dimensionally different shapes, so
there are numerous ways to produce designs on to their surface, which is very exciting. I’m sure people have seen the media
facade outside Seoul Station. I’m also interested in public design. I’m always thinking of designs that can
enrich the lives of everyday people. Nowadays, we often see designs displayed on
bus stops or subway stations, but when they first came out, I was stunned. I’m proud to think I’m a designer who’s contributing
to these changes in our lives. Q. To aspiring graphic designers. They say the 21st century is a visual era. Whatever you do, the fact you can come up
with designs will be a huge plus for you. If you practice translating your ideas
into designs and pictures, you’ll find you have grown as a designer. Continue to practice and make it into a habit,
and get used to working with graphic tools. Also, maintain an active interest in the media. Look at the designs you see on your phone or
on your computer and think of your own ideas and how you would represent those messages. Those efforts will help to turn you into
a great graphic designer. I hope you’ll find ways to access graphic
design in an exciting, positive way. Thank you. To become a graphic designer?
Education/Qualifications/Training Graphic designers must have a good sense of
color and form, while being meticulous and thorough. They must be well versed in using
multimedia programs. It’s helpful to have a design-related degree
from a college or university. Private institutions offer classes on ways
to become a graphic designer. Relevant licenses include a visual designer license
and a computer graphics designer license.

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