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Graphic Designer Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Prepares a variety of skilled graphic design and layout work in preparation of various posters, exhibits, advertisements, slides, brochures, books, newsletters and flyers using various production techniques which may include computer graphic systems and software. Incumbents in this classification are required to work independently and within established deadlines inherent to graphic design industry. Designs electronic and printed material for a variety of university publications, displays and other media as appropriate.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is the second in a series of four classifications and is distinguished from the third level in that the Graphic Designer, Senior performs more complex work and requires specialized knowledge of methods and techniques of graphic design and layout.

Examples of Duties:

  • Creates and designs graphics for layout of posters, slides, overhead transparencies, newsletters, brochures, booklets, flyers and logos as requested by client using traditional and computer graphic methods. Performs required preparatory work such as layout and paste-up in order to prepare camera-ready artwork for production; may design books as a staff member of a publishing house.
  • Creates electronically designed page layouts and imports word processing files into page layouts; may develop web-based graphics.
  • Operates various graphic design equipment such as graphic computers, cameras, printing and lettering equipment.
  • Confers with clients, editors, marketing persons and others regarding project specifications such as paper stock, graphic content, layout and media requirements; may create composites and develop concepts depending on needs.
  • Writes bid specifications for jobs assigned to outside vendors; coordinates production of material with outside vendors by monitoring jobs in progress, resolving technical problems, proofing material and ensuring deadlines are met.
  • Performs location photography and may perform photo processing.
  • Creates and designs technical drawings and illustrations.
  • Designs and constructs visual displays and exhibits. Determines materials and equipment best suited for job.
  • Maintains department files of completed assignments; maintains accurate logs of work in progress such as time devoted to project and materials used.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of computer-generated graphics programs.
  • Knowledge and skill in graphic design and layout.
  • Knowledge of printing procedures and requirements.
  • Knowledge of photography and photo processing techniques.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.
  • Skill in the utilization of specified computerized graphic design programs.

Minimum Qualifications:

Associate's degree in Graphic Art or related field AND two years experience in graphic design and layout, illustration, or commercial art; OR, Four years experience in graphic design and layout, illustration, or commercial art; OR, Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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