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    Short Graphic Designer Interview

    Hello,

    I am doing a short career investigation project in school, and I am basing it on Graphic Designers. Included needs to be a short interview with a graphic designer, and hopfully someone here would be kind enough to complete my interview. It is very short, and hopefully will only take 5 minutes of your time.

    I you are kind enough to complete the interview, you may pm me your answers to the questions, or you may pm me for my email adress.

    Thanks very much for reading, I appreciate your time.

    -Hurley.




    Career Investigation: Graphic Design

    1. What is the title of your job?

    2. What previous qualification(s) have you done, and where?

    3. What does the course involve?

    4. When did your interest in graphic design begin and how?

    5. What is the starting salary in graphic design?

    6. How many hours do you work on average, and do you find these hour sociable?

    7. Do you find your job stressful?

    8. Please describe a typical day working as a graphic designer.

    9. Do you encounter any particular situations or complications when working?

    10. Are you working freelance, or in a full-time position?

    11. Are there promotion prospects if working full-time?

    12. Do you need creativity for this profession and where do you get your inspiration from?

    13. Lastly, what advice would you give to a student entering this profession and why?


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    1. Trained Media Designer
    2. -
    3. It's trained, so no university involved. So it's all a matter of the company you work for. I was trained in print media and layout.
    4. Some years ago actually. I was in the middle of my A-levels and thought school was all boring and mindless. So I began a training and finished it a year ago.
    5. Depends highly on where you work. For unstudied graphic designers, it's something around 2,000 euros pre-tax (500 plus for those with a degree), but I've had colleagues who've been starting with 900 after their training.
    6. Usually 8-9 hours, but there's a fair amount of overtime, sometimes you're working until 11 pm, who knows. Unpaid, of course.
    7. Yes it is. And that's the good thing about it. I've been working in a usual office job for the past year and the thing that annoyed me most was the boredom.
    8. Checking mail first, working on stuff you've left from the day before, answering the phone, a meeting or two around noon... Actually I can't tell. Next Wednesday I'll be on a photo shoot all day, while tomorrow I'll be sitting at my desk writing a newsletter. If you catch the right position, it can be very varied. You catch the wrong one and you'll be making changes to business cards all day (my personal hell.)
    9. It's a thin line between the money you get from the client and the work you do. On the one hand, he tells you to make the logo bigger, thus ruining the design. On the other hand, he's the one paying you. This sucks. I had to ruin a lot of my work due to what the client wants. This get's more complicated as technology evolves. Most companies think they don't need a designer because they got Word.
    10. Full-time... and freelance. Actually, both.
    11. We don't have clearly described positions in the studio. Everbody can to anything for any client. So if it's a promotion, it's all about the salary.
    12. Depends. Some jobs are based on what you know about design and layout and thus don't need a whole lot of talent. On the other hand, you can be asked to come up with something and then you'll need a bunch of creativity to do the job. Both can be really demanding.
    13. Like advertising itself, it's reputation is mostly made up. Of course there are companies who're top-creative and all-trendy, but on the other hand, there are companies that don't have a lot of prestige to them and are centered around finishing a job and then moving on to the next. It might be possible that you will never see the former one and will spend all your life in the latter. It's still a good job, but not with a million-dollar-budget and instead with the everlasting fear of losing an important client and then your job. Basically, it's very stressful, and I've seen people who were not made of hard enough wood to keep pushing. Personally, I'd rather like to work in a job that is based around a high demand. Advertising is never really wanted by a lot of people, while... I dunno, computer games and movies are. So that'd be my direction.

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    Career Investigation: Graphic Design

    1. What is the title of your job? Art Director or Lead Graphic Designer

    2. What previous qualification(s) have you done, and where? None. I got hired directly out of college.

    3. What does the course involve? I went to school for illustration. There I learned Photoshop and Pagemaker. When I was hired the job was only for making ads in pagemaker and quark xpress. (It actually turned out to be "run the whole dept. by yourself Jason" - which was scary at first)

    4. When did your interest in graphic design begin and how? After school when I started working at the newspaper. I see very little difference between Illustration and design. It's the same thing, really.

    5. What is the starting salary in graphic design? Varies. I worked at a very small company, so I would say that I started on the low end of the spectrum. But, I learned a great deal about design, newspaper business etc.

    6. How many hours do you work on average, and do you find these hour sociable? 40 p/week. Some overtime. I'm sociable, but it's a small place, so mainly I'm just working.

    7. Do you find your job stressful? On print days...sometimes it can be.

    8. Please describe a typical day working as a graphic designer. I come in, check my emails, go over in my head what I need to get done for the day. I like to make check lists to cover everything. Instruct my assistant what he needs to do for the day and then get to work. Make Ads, layout pages, proof to clients. Print day is a whole other story. That said, it's pretty much the same schedule month to month, so everything is pretty much in place.

    9. Do you encounter any particular situations or complications when working? Budget: We have very little, so I'm always looking to get around it. Time: Sometimes there's just not enough of it. Last minute sales of advertising really screws up the schedule. We don't have a deadline. Printer day is our deadline...so if something comes in last minute, I literally have a minute to get it designed, approved and placed. Design-wise: There are things that I'd like to explore with the newspaper, certain layouts, setups, concepts, but...I feel no one is ready for them. It's about baby-steps.

    10. Are you working freelance, or in a full-time position? Full

    11. Are there promotion prospects if working full-time? No

    12. Do you need creativity for this profession and where do you get your inspiration from? Yes. Design periodicals, websites, newspapers, friends.

    13. Lastly, what advice would you give to a student entering this profession and why? I'm not sure I really have any. Be careful of newspaper design as a profession. Everything is going online, depts. are being scaled back and most companies want employees who can work in different areas. (print and web.) I'd say learn about the web as much as possible.
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    Career Investigation: Graphic Design

    1. What is the title of your job?
    Conceptual Designer, Graphic Designer, President, CEO. Now retired.

    2. What previous qualification(s) have you done, and where?
    Worked as printer, typesetter, studio production specialist in my teens.

    3. What does the course involve?
    What course? If you're referring to schooling, some kind of degree--don't remember what it's called, all courses generally required to qualify as both "fine" artist and trade professional.

    4. When did your interest in graphic design begin and how?
    Became a serious interest when I got married and had kid on way.

    5. What is the starting salary in graphic design?
    Have no idea. I never received a salary.

    6. How many hours do you work on average, and do you find these hour sociable?
    65 to 80 hours a week, sometimes more. Preferred to work alone normally, so little social interaction unless I had employees during the normal work hours. (This is in past tense, now retired)

    7. Do you find your job stressful?
    Do you really want me to answer this question? My first major heart attack was March 14, 1992.

    8. Please describe a typical day working as a graphic designer.
    7:00 am-arrange work for the day and determine order of deadlines, note any outside materials to be ordered.
    8:30 am-verify scheduling with suppliers and confirm orders on all materials will need that day, and material the requires advance ordering.
    9:00 am-spend hour or so on phone updating with clients, clearing up problems from previous days, and getting questions answered.
    After phone-work.
    between 5:00 and 6:00 pm-eat.
    7:00 pm to 2:00 am or later if needed (bad days)-work.
    Sleep.
    Repeat above.

    9. Do you encounter any particular situations or complications when working?
    Client and/or supplier stupidity. Client and/or supplier deadline problems. Supplier mechanical breakdowns. Materials shortages or delays. Details would require an additional 30+ pages. Also unexpected events--Eight floods, three fires, mob bombing, 3-feet+ of snow twice, closed by obnoxious Secret Service assholes three times for security reasons.

    10. Are you working freelance, or in a full-time position?
    Full-time.

    11. Are there promotion prospects if working full-time?
    When you're the boss, highly unlikely.

    12. Do you need creativity for this profession and where do you get your inspiration from?
    Yes, though I've personally known brain-dead zombies who worked for 30 years or more before anyone caught on. (I would be curious to learn if anyone actually answered "no" to this question.) Inspiration comes from any and all sources I find useful--In-trade, outside trade, own reference library on site, discussions with clients, suppliers and peers.

    13. Lastly, what advice would you give to a student entering this profession and why?
    Accept the following going in--you will experience stress--lots of it (otherwise, you're not working at your full potential), you will have to suffer interacting with idiots that all think they know more than you on a daily basis, and have a thick skin, because what you did today that made you a hero will be forgotten tomorrow morning. Be curious, learn as much about everything you can, when you can, and learn to be your own harshest critic. And clean your coffee pot at least once every three months or you'll lose your sense of taste and turn funny colors.
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    Thank you all very much for your time! I will include all interviews

    Very much appreciated, this is fantastic. No more interviews are needed, thank you guys!

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