Graphic Designer

By: Emily W

What is a Graphic Designer?

There are many types of different graphic designers, but I want to be the one to make graphics on trailers to movies or commercials, better yet the actual movie! Usually Graphic designers work in groups, like the one for Disney. At Disney World, they have a large techno computer room, it’s HUGE! Every computer works on the animation and graphics to make movies, and I want to be apart of that! To make the way something moves and animate the people with different artists, they use hundreds of different tools and computers to make anything unrealistic into something magic!

Why did I choose this career?

I’ve made movies and trailers in the past, and it was a lot of fun! Plus, whenever I go to a movie or see a commercial, I always wonder how they made it. It boggles my mind to think that all that imagination on a screen can be made by a few computers! I want to make something that will keep the crowd cheering, to make their minds wander throughout new worlds and galaxies! It’s what inspires people to be who they want to be in the future, and make them believe in new creatures and myths. As a child, everything is real, but without the power of graphics and animation, they would know it would be fake and stop believing, the power of Movies and design is so powerful. Can you imagine a world without movies? A world without amazing imagination put into a film that you can watch over and over again? It would be a boring, dull life. And I want to make something that will really get people to believe, to think about it hours and hours even after they’re done with the entertainment. Something that can start a good and fun conversation. Something people will be proud to show their children and friends. I just want to make something amazing, something that could change a life or mind.

Experience or Skills needed

If you want to be a graphic designer, you have to really want it and enjoy the visual effects that can appear on a screen or in life. You also need experience in some sort of movie like education. “A Movication” If you have been living under a rock, you probably haven't ever used the internet, which would be a HUGE problem if you were to work on computers all day in visual effects. You also need a large imagination, visual effects and ideas don’t sprout out of people’s minds like plants. It takes time and a large imagination to think of stories. You need to think “Outside the Box” as people would say. Think the unthinkable, imagine the unimaginable, and most of all, believe in the unbelievable. Anything can come to life with design and amazing graphics. People need to remember to work as a group too, something I should probably work on if I ever want to be successful. Graphic designers have to know how to work in groups well and not make too much drama around them. If you can’t trust your group, you can’t make good graphics or movie. The people in Disney studios could do it, I think we can too. You also have to like the movie or animation you create, if you don’t like it, there really isn’t a reason you think you should. That makes the movie bad from comparison.

Education needed to obtain this career (Associate/Bachelor/Masters/Special Schooling)

All you really need is a Bachelor education, but if you get a Master’s degree, you’ll be more likely to get the job you want rather than someone with a Bachelor’s. I think I’ll go to the Master’s depending on the average price of the classes, I’m not the richest person. . . If you want to be a national graphic designer who works in bigger companies like Walt Disney or Warner Home Video you'll neeed a lot of education. So, if you want a GOOD Graphic Design career, you'll want the Master's degree, but a Bachelor is the expectation.

Money Paid

About $43,500 per year
$20.92 per hour (In 2010)


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