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Assistant Graphic Designers: What Do They Do?

April 16, 2013 IADT General, Graphic Design, IADT Sacramento 0 Comments

Assistant Graphic DesignersYou are a creative person with a great eye and passion for visual design and style. You would love to have a career where you can put your passion to work for you. You would like to become a graphic designer. You may have even finished a useful graphic design degree program. So, where do you go now?

Jobs in graphic design can be highly competitive. For most people this means starting from the bottom and working your way up. Most graphic designers have to start their careers as assistant, or junior, graphic designers. In this role, they use most of the same skills but work under and help a senior designer.

Assistant Graphic Designers . . .

Work in:

  • Design firms
  • Marketing firms
  • Marketing departments of large companies

Use their knowledge of:

  • Graphic design
  • Web design
  • Print design
  • Typography
  • Color theory

Use skills including:

  • Art and design
  • Organization
  • Layout
  • Planning
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Photography
  • Proficiency with graphic design software such as the Adobe Creative Suite

Are responsible for:


  • Assist the main graphic designer(s) with design projects including web and print projects
  • Focus on maintaining a uniform style across a design campaign
  • Contribute to the branding of the company or client
  • Perform research pertinent to a project for main designer
  • Layout projects with assistance of illustrators, photographers and writers


  • May assist in the preparation of presentations using PowerPoint or other software
  • Discuss with clients their ideas and feedback
  • Help coordinate with other marketing initiatives of a company or client 
This is a general interest article and not based on any specific school or the experience of our graduates.


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