Graphic And Web Designer (Male, Age 24) in westminster, MD

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At a Glance

Current Job

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Job TitleGraphic And Web Designer
Salary$45,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week
Company Size(not answered)
Locationwestminster, MD
Years Experience3 years

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Years in Career0
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Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
Brightbulb Design is a small firm that specializes in logo and web design for businesses of all size. Every company needs an eye-catching logo and innovative website. We work directly with the client to create the marketing tools that will boost their business.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
Consult with client to determine needs and creative wants of the product; Design product using top industry software; Publish and maintain product; If necessary, train client to maintain product.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
4 weeks paid vacation

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
well compensated

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
The only people I really work with are the clients. This makes sure I meet their needs in a timely manner and am responsible for my own deadlines.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
I work in a home office or occasionally consult at the client’s office.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 2
Benefits: 6
Hours: 2
Co-Workers: 2
Supervisors: 2
Job Title: 1
Level of Responsibility: 2
The Actual Work: 1

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8amGet kids ready and off to school.
8am to 9amResearch clients industry and their competitors to get an idea for normal marketing tactics and logos used. The internet is the best way to do this. Sometimes if it is a specific product I will ask for a sample or go out and find one in a store and check it out.
9am to 10amSketch logo ideas on paper. I will sketch about 7-10 different ideas.
10am to 11amCreate rough drafts of the five best logo ideas on my computer using Adobe Creative Suite and a Bamboo drawing pad.
11am to 12pmStill creating rough drafts of the five best logo ideas…
12pm to 1pmLunchtime.
1pm to 2pmFinish logo idea rough drafts and email to client for them to pick their favorite or give me suggestions on what else they’d like to change/see in the logo.
2pm to 3pmHave heard back from client and am working on a proof copy of the logo.
3pm to 4pmWork with client on final changes over the phone and edit as I’m speaking with them. Email final proof over to client.
4pm to 5pmOnce final proof is approved I will send the client the whole design file. With that, they can put it on any material necessary.
5pm to 6pmDone for the day!
6pm to 7pm
7pm to 8pm
8pm to 9pm
9pm to 10pm
10pm to 11pm
11pm to 12am

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
Referral

What was the application process?
Electronic application

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
Yes, I interviewed with clients directly.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
For the most part, clients want to see a portfolio.

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
I trained myself on the software and used internet tutorials. I did take some college classes for a few of the programs and previously had completed a Bachelors in Graphic Design.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
This job is all about networking. You must be constantly marketing yourself, your company, and your talents. A lot of the new social networking sites are great for this and there are quite a few industry-specific networking sites as well.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Organizational skills to prioritize projects to meet deadlines. Technical skills– This job is almost 100% computer based.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
Yes. The software is not easy and even basic design concepts need to be learned to be successful.

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Be original or you will not get noticed!

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