Career Profile: Graphic Designer

Interview by Mia Sutton // Words by Melanie Solomon

Tell us a bit about what you do and what a typical day is like in your job.

I am a Graphic Designer, and have been for the past 10 years. My typical day is filled with designing flyers, email headers, motivational quotes for social media, banners, anything and everything you can think of when it comes to Marketing a company.

How did you get involved in graphic design?

When I was old enough to have a job, I started working for my Dad’s company. I would bounce from place to place, wherever they needed me. But my favorite department was the Graphics Department. I got to be a part of some amazing things, like building scaled models, screen printing, and designing exhibits for Museums in Washington D.C.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

I love creating something from scratch. Typography can be a beautiful thing. Designing something that will catch someone’s eye and keep their attention for a few minutes is rewarding. I also adore designing things for social media and getting “likes”. Nice to know that things I spend so much time creating are being seen and appreciated.

Least favorite?

It’s a very deadline driven job. So there may be days where I have 10+ projects on my desk and I need to get them done by the end of the day. It can be stressful, but I’ve done it for so long that I thrive on a deadline driven environment.

Which tool/program is your favorite to use when creating a design and why?

That’s a tough question. I love the entire Adobe Creative Suite. Adobe Photoshop is an amazing program where anything with Photography is possible, trust me anything is possible, don’t believe any images you’ve seen online. But I think Adobe Illustrator would have to be my favorite. That’s the program I would use to design a logo. The ability to create something out of nothing makes me happy, and once the client sees the final result and loves it, I am overjoyed!