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Step Two: Research Design Careers

Step Two: Research Design Careers

Valerie Atkisson | ArtBistro

Here’s the fun part!

Find out about the various careers in the design field. There are many types of designers: Graphic Designers, Animators, Interior Designers, Typographers, Fashion Designers, Product Designers, Illustrators, etc…

Wondering what you can do with a design major? A lot. There are a variety of career paths that can lead you into a lucrative career, without stifling your creativity. Here are some examples of where a career in design might take you:

Graphic Designers

Graphic Designers — or graphic artists — plan, analyze, and create visual solutions to communicate an idea. They decide the most effective way of getting a message across in print, electronic, and film media using a variety of methods such as color, type, illustration, photography, animation, and various print and layout techniques.

Graphic designers develop the overall layout and production design of magazines, newspapers, journals, corporate reports, and other publications. They also produce promotional displays, packaging, and marketing brochures for products and services, design distinctive logos for products and businesses, and develop signs and signage systems — called environmental graphics — for business and government. An increasing number of graphic designers also are developing material for Internet web pages, interactive media, and multimedia projects. Graphic designers also may produce the credits that appear before and after television programs and movies.

Fashion Designers

Fashion designers help create the billions of clothing articles, shoes, and accessories purchased every year by consumers. Designers study fashion trends, sketch designs of clothing and accessories, select colors and fabrics, and oversee the final production of their designs. Clothing designers create and help produce men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel, including casual wear, suits, sportswear, formal wear, outerwear, maternity, and intimate apparel.

Footwear designers help create and produce different styles of shoes and boots. Accessory designers help create and produce items that add the finishing touches to an outfit, such as handbags, belts, scarves, hats, hosiery, and eye wear. Some fashion designers specialize in clothing, footwear, or accessory design, while others create designs in all three fashion categories.


Illustrators typically create pictures for books, magazines, and other publications and for commercial products such as textiles, wrapping paper, stationery, greeting cards, and calendars. Increasingly, illustrators are working in digital format, preparing work directly on a computer. Illustrators also delve in the world of motion, character development and animation.

Medical and scientific illustrators combine drawing skills with knowledge of biology or other sciences. Medical illustrators draw illustrations of human anatomy and surgical procedures. Scientific illustrators draw illustrations of animal and plant life, atomic and molecular structures, and geologic and planetary formations. The illustrations are used in medical and scientific publications and in audiovisual presentations for teaching purposes. Medical illustrators also work for lawyers, producing exhibits for court cases.

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