Digital artists and graphic designers both use their artistic abilities to deliver ideas through art. Some even say that these two are exactly the same. Come to think of it, really, they require the same knowledge and skill, but somehow these two have severe differences. For someone who wants to help out a kid going into college, I got asked what the future holds if they take either digital design or graphics design. I stopped, stepped back, and wondered. You know what? The kid’s right. Now, she got me confused, too. More importantly, do I really know what I am picking out?

As you all know, the background of digital artists require creating designs as well as animations that are found in digital formats. When you specialize in this field, here is what your job entails:

  • Storyboard creation
  • Design and animation editing
  • Meetings with clients and co-workers
  • Information research for projects

Graphic artists, on the other hand, develop ideas that are used on websites or printed in magazines, advertisements and brochures. Their main objective is to market products and generate public interests through the designs they come up with. It’s a lot harder, since they need to create a design specific to what the client wants to market. They are the artists that are used to working on more than one project at a time, which requires high level time management and above average organizational skills. When this is your chosen field, here are your job responsibilities:

  • Logo creation
  • Layout designs
  • Design Presentation
  • Design Review before printing

There really is not that big of a difference. These two types of artists need high level creativity and excellent artistic abilities. They also utilize the computer to create their masterpieces, so mastery in the different programs is a must. Both occupations rely on feedback from their clients and supervisors alike, so as to ensure that the output fits the project perfectly and are done correctly.

Now that I am enlightened by this information, as I told her, I will also tell you. Before you choose between these two disciplines, weigh first your interests and skills. If you are fond of developing websites and computer coding, graphic design may suit you best. On the other hand, if you are more of the drawing, illustrator type who is fond of creating animations, then digital artistry is your best bet. Which one are you?

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