What graphic design is, what designers need to know, and who becomes a designer have all evolved as the computer went from being a tool to also becoming our primary medium for communication. How jobs are advertised and how prospective candidates communicate with prospective employers have changed as well, as has the culture and context for many workplaces, requiring new approaches for how to find your first (and last) position.
Through clear prose, a broad survey of contexts where designers find themselves in the present day, and interviews with designers, The AIGA Guide to Careers in Graphic and Communication Design is an invaluable resource for finding your place in this quickly changing and growing field.
The book includes interviews with over 40 designers at all levels working in-house and out-of-house in studios, consultancies, or alone, including: Nicholas Blechman, The New Yorker; Rob Giampietro, Google; Njoki Gitahi, IDEO; Hilary Greenbaum, Whitney Museum; Holly Gressley, Vox Media; Cemre Gungoer, Facebook; Natasha Jen, Pentagram; Renda Morton, The New York Times; and Alisa Wolfson, Leo Burnett Worldwide.
Juliette Cezzar is a designer, educator, and author based in New York City. She is an Assistant Professor of Communication Design at The New School's Parsons School of Design, USA, where she directed the BFA design programs from 2011-14. She also served as president of AIGA/NY from 2014-16. AIGA is the oldest and largest professional organization for designers in the United States. Founded in 1914 as the American Institute of Graphic Arts, its members now practice all forms of design, from strategic consulting to business design strategy, creative direction, branding, visual design, information design, customer experience design, interactive and motion design, and education.
Introduction 1. Defining the Discipline 2. What do designers need to know? 3. Where designers work 4. First steps 5. Your first design job 6. Navigating the field 7. The future of graphic and communication design Glossary Appendix Index