Our guide to graphic design
Kristina K

Our guide to graphic design

First published date September 27 2013 Amended date February 18 2016

Do you stop to stare at shop logos? Are you interested in typography? Do you eat a certain food because you love the packaging? If you find yourself entranced with art, design, creative ideas, photography, colours and graphics, then graphic design may be the right course for you.


Do you have the design package?

Whether you’re just dabbling with graphic design as a hobby, studying it as one of your A Levels, intending to make a career out of it or looking to improve your creative skills, we have a range of graphic design courses suitable for all your needs. Depending on your level and what you’re looking for, find out which category you fall into and browse some of our courses.


Get qualified

Graphic design courses at GCSE and A Level allow students to develop skills in diverse and exciting ways through a range of design methods such as drawing, print, painting, collage, photomontage and mixed media. You’ll get a recognised qualification at the end as well as an understanding of the historical development of graphic design within society and demonstrate this in your coursework.


A ‘brief’ taste

Whilst most professional graphic designers will be given briefs, outlining the requirements needed for them to complete the work, amateur designers who have just discovered their inkling towards this creative field, don’t have that. So how about a brief experience working with graphic design? Beginner courses are great to let you experiment and produce an inventive portfolio. You’ll learn observational drawing processes, design concepts using colour, typography and layout. You’ll be taught the basics of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Of course, if you’re keen to progress further, there are intermediate, advanced and diploma courses available.


‘Hello boys!’

If you were born in the 90s, or if you’re into advertising, then you’ll remember the ‘Hello Boys!’ Wonderbra billboard of Eva Herzigova. That advertisement, which stopped traffic in Shoreditch, was proof of effective communication – the goal of every graphic designer’s work. To be an excellent visual communicator with bags of creativity, why not study for a degree in graphic design? You’ll learn all about concept development, research, experimentation, analysis and critical awareness. Some courses will also lead to specialisation in areas such as illustration, print-based graphics and digital graphics. With a qualification in graphic design, you can go on to work on websites, books, magazines, posters, computer games, product packaging, exhibitions and displays, corporate communications and in advertising.


Grand Auto Theft anyone?

Or Sims? Or even World of Warcraft? If you’re a fan, you’ll also find the graphics impressive. Aspiring video game designers can consider taking a few different classes, from the more specialised ones like computer game design or even graphic design, computer graphics, and programming.  


Are qualifications essential?

Most professional graphic designers have a foundation degree, HND, or degree in graphic design or other art and design-based subjects. These qualifications are important in getting your foot through the door. Work experience is just as important so it’s a good idea to have an extensive portfolio.


Did you know?

Dreamworks Studio has a cool logo design that depicts a boy sitting on the crescent fishing. That boy was actually the son of Robert Hunt, the creative artist appointed for the project.

Michael Jordan is synonymous with basketball. The guy is so popular that people misconstrue him to be the inspiration behind the NBA logo design. The real inspiration, however, was Lakers legend Jerry West.  

The Coca-Cola logo design was not created from an actual font. It was designed via a handwriting style, called nowadays the ‘Spencerian Script’.

Woody Allen uses the same typeface in the titles and credits of nearly all of his movies. The typeface is Windsor.

The Nike swish was designed by Carolyn Davidson in 1971 while she was a student. She was paid $35. 

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