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Hi, everyone, this is Anne with Graphic Design. How To and today I’m going to tell you The difference. Hopefully between graphic artists, production, artists and graphic designers. So if you just graduated college, you’re probably out there looking at job listings and you might notice that a lot of the listings their descriptions are really similar, but they all have these different titles: graphic artist production artist, graphic designer. And actually in college, at least at my college, There was a completely different curriculum for a graphic artist versus a graphic designer. So first, let’s tackle production art. I think that one’s pretty much the same across the board. A production artist is kind of like a graphic workhorse. I was a production artist. Actually, my title was graphic artist, but I did a ton of production art in my first job. As a Tshirt graphic designer Production artists know the programs inside and out they’re very fast and they’re very accurate. So they’ll take designs and make changes very, very quickly. Usually they are not the ones who design the graphics that they’re working on. They’re taking someone else’s project and making changes to it, or maybe just completely changing it out to a new style. So a good example of this: as my first job as a graphic artist/production artist, I took Tshirt designs and the design was maybe made for somebody like Arizona. State that college And my job was to take that Arizona State design and change it to a University of Central Missouri design. So I would change the logos, the colors, everything about it to say Central Missouri instead of Arizona State. And that was my whole job. I could do about 30 of these in a day on a very good day. A day where they were really flowing and didn’t have too many problems. And I really loved that job for a long time. Just over time you get to where it’s second nature, and you can just put on your headphones, Play music and just get through designs all day long. There is some creativity involved -. When you know something doesn’t look right. You can make a change and put it somewhere else, but very little creativity when it comes to production art jobs. The problem with them is, they generally become a little boring because you’re not ever putting your own input in. You’re just getting the designs done. And so for me, it sort of turned intoit kind of reminded me of my old factory job that I worked in between college breaks. That was just the same thing over and over. I didn’t have to think about it and it got pretty boring. So that’s the downside of production work. Now a graphic artist, a lot of times will do some production work like I did, but they also make a lot more creative changes. And online, a lot of people who call themselves graphic artists are people who do like photo manipulations. Maybe they’re doing digital painting, but they don’t really have a strategy in mind when they’re creating their art. They’re just creating art for arts sake. Production artists and graphic artists are usually paid a little less than graphic designers because there’s not a lot of creativity involved and there’s not a lot of strategy involved. When I became a graphic designer, it was a huge change. There was a lot more creativity involved a lot more strategy and it was really problem and solution oriented. I would get a creative brief and a Word document with all the content that needed to go into the piece I was creating. And then that’s it. I would have to completely create a magazine ad or a billboard or maybe an infographic and the design and everything was up to me completely. I did have to stick with brand standards like colors logos, of course, and keep it on brand for that client, but the layout and everything else was up to me. So I generally tend to think of these three titles as production artists being very low creativity, graphic artists being a bit more and then a graphic designer being really creativeand. The pay does reflect that, However. When you’re searching for a job you might notice there’s so much ambiguity with job titles and a lot of overlap. So when you’re looking, don’t only focus on the title itself. Go in and read the description to find out what you’re really going to be doing in that position. Let’s take a look at a few different job Postings in the New York area. First, we’ve got this graphic artist position at Prestige Custom Awards And right here. It says the graphic artist is responsible for taking our clients concepts and ideas and translating them into a 3d design. Now this is what I think of when I think of a graphic artist position, They’re taking someone’s idea and they’re making it happen. There’s not a whole lot of creativity involved because the client is just telling the graphic artists what to do, but it is still creative. So right here it mentions you need to use your creative genius to take sometimes general design, themes or concepts and translate them into impactful designs that will convey the importance of the event or whatever’s going on. And so with this position, you’re going to need to be creative. I really feel like this position is probably titled pretty well. It’s a graphic artist position. Alright, let’s move on to another job title. Here’s a graphic designer for the New York City Department of Environment Protection, And here we see that this person will concept develop and create a wide variety of graphic assets for all of these different applications. So they’re starting from scratch. They’re concepting. They’re developing and then probably presenting to their senior graphic designer. And here we have one more. This is a graphic artist at the New School, and this says they should be adept at translating data concepts and message S into innovative designs. So this position to me sounds like a graphic designer. But a lot of graphic designers wouldn’t take this. They wouldn’t apply to this job simply because of the job title. And what I don’t want you to do is to skip a bunch of jobs. That would be great for you just because you want to be really creative. A lot of jobs that are actually titled graphic artist are graphic designer jobs. So don’t limit yourself by only applying to those jobs that say. Graphic designer in the title. When I was first starting out in the industry, I applied to ANYTHING and EVERYTHING graphics-related and I think you should too, And then as you move on and get more experience, you can really kind of hone down exactly what you’re looking for and be a lot more selective. Alright, that’s my video for this week. 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