What is a graphic designer’s job?

A lot of people of asked me that question ever since I started doing design work. It’s popped up in conversations with friends and new acquaintances alike.

What does a graphic designer do? There was a textbook in one of my very first design classes at Columbia that gave me a really good description of what a graphic designer actually does. Now, I’m paraphrasing here because it’s been close to eighteen years and I don’t remember which textbook it was, but it went something like this:

A graphic designer takes elements that other people like photographers, copywriters, editors, etc. bring to them and creates something from an idea. 

That’s the simplest way I can describe it because no two graphic designers do the same type of work. Some of us are illustrators, some of us are marketing specialists, and some of us are good at bringing things together to visualize an abstract concept.

I fall into the latter category. Bring me your ideas, great and small, bring me your content, and expect me to create something magnificent from it. And in the last eighteen years, I’ve done just that, learning, growing, and diversifying my portfolio with each project I work on. I enjoy creating things, be it from scratch or having someone give me the elements they already have in order to gussy it up.

No matter what, I’m always up for a challenge. Check out my work and see for yourself.