Employers in August posted more than 28,000 online job ads for graphic designers, an increase of 15 percent year over year and more than 80 percent over the past four years, according to Wanted Analytics. The number of job ads for graphic designers reached a new four-year high earlier this year, when job availability surged to more than 30,000 ads during April and May.
However, advertising, marketing, and other design services companies experienced an 8 percent decline in hiring from last year as many of these jobs move in-house.
Metropolitan areas with the highest volume of listings for graphic designers included New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C. The New York area had the most available positions at 3,638. However, the San Francisco area posted the greatest growth in demand over the past year with the number job ads rising 17.8 percent in August compared to the same month last year. Read the rest of this entry
The main difference between graphic design and fine art:
Graphic design is about problem solving for the client and communication between the clients business and end users. Businesses depend on graphic designers to communicate their message, service, or product to the users in order to increase their profits.
Fine art is about making personal pretty pictures.
Illustration is creating a drawing, for a specific purpose.
Just like English, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Arabic or Sanskrit, graphic design is a language. It’s a way to organize forms in order to communicate a message. And, as such, graphic design is (or should be)—more often than not—the medium or vehicle, and not the end in itself.
Recently a friend confessed to me that he was kinda tired of graphic design. It had gotten old for him. I get what he means. He was tired of graphic design about graphic design. It seems to me that graphic design as an industry has a tendency to be self-referencing more than most industries. If we think of design as a language and compare it to the English language, it would be like only using English to talk about the English language (or to put it another way, perpetual grammar class). While grammar class is necessary to learn a language, too much of it can get boring—fast.
This may seem obvious, but think of all the other things we can use English to communicate about. We can use it to communicate about… That’s right, anything. So it is with design. You can use it as a language to communicate whatever you want. Yes, the better you know the language, the more skilled you will be at using it to communicate. You have to think about it directly before you can let it be a passive vehicle for another message. Read the rest of this entry
This collection of documentaries has been curated to be both a great foundation and fresh inspiration for any graphic designer or artist. The films cover all kinds of creation – from street art, to industrial design, to typography, but all of them are guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing. Here they are: Read the rest of this entry
We called it a “contemplative design adventure.” In summer 2012, I traveled through Mexico for three weeks with six of my top graphic design students. We meditated regularly and sought out experiences of landscape and culture that could galvanize their practice as designers. Our ultimate goal was to create a book together: a full-length visual album of images inspired by the trip. The university where I teach and serve as Graphic Design Department chair, Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD), supported this concept and fully funded it.