Different Applications of Graphic Design Skills

There are a lot of different possible applications for graphic design. Some graphic designers or agencies will specialize, or be niche-specific. However, many brands often require numerous avenues for approaching brand awareness. Since a branding agency concerns itself with your brand on a comprehensive level—from the tiniest details to the big picture—they can be a one-stop shop for cohesive and effective designs that span the gamut.

  • Advertising & Marketing Design – This is graphic design done for deliverables including flyers, magazine ads, billboards, vehicle wraps, email templates, social media graphics, and more.
  • Package Design – This is exactly what it sounds like: graphic design done for packaged items in formats like boxes, bottles, jars, labels, wrappers, etc.
  • User Interface Design – This is graphic design generally done for websites, game interfaces, and apps. Of course, this can also apply to environments. But, this gets subcategorized as experiential design.
  • Publication Design – This is graphic design done for books, catalogs, newsletters, directories, and so on.
  • Motion Graphic Design – This is graphic design created for title sequences, presentations, promo videos, trailers, animated elements, and gifs … just to name a few.
  • Environmental Design – This is graphic design applied to signs, exhibitions, building or shop interiors, stadiums, events, wall murals — anywhere that takes up space.
  • Visual Identity Design – This is graphic design for the brand identity elements, which include colors, shapes, imagery, textures, details, typography, and, of course, logo design.

Not all agencies have specialties in these areas. But, we can probably think of at least one that does.

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The Difference Between Graphic Art and Graphic Design

Graphic Art – the fine and applied art of representation, decoration, and writing or printing on flat surfaces together with the techniques and crafts associated with them. Essentially, a graphic artist may create art for the sake of art. They may want to convey a certain idea or story, or they may not. Graphic artists…

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What is Branding?

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Offset Lithography Printing

Offset Lithography is a printing technique that uses printing plates to transfer the intended image to the intended medium, usually paper. Sometimes this technique is simply called offset printing, or litho. The printing plates are often made of aluminum, but can also be plastic, rubber, paper, or even other materials. The term offset refers to…