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What is Graphic Design, Exactly?

Posted by elm-ayo - January 18th, 2020


By definition, graphic design is defined as the practice or profession of designing print or electronic forms of visual information, as for an advertisement, publication, or website. Or, visual communication by a skillful combination of text and pictures in magazines, books, advertisements, etc. (from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.)


When I looked at this definition initially, it made me feel limited in what I could do with my degree once I graduated. I didn't want to leave school only to work on logos and card designs for the rest of my life. And I utterly despised advertisements (Still do, by the way!), so I knew I wasn't going to do that either. Once the initial drive to go to college wore off after my first year, I felt that what I was doing and learning in class would not help me achieve a career in what I actually wanted to do (Making either original animations or comics.), and thus I became terribly unmotivated. I questioned whether or not the choices I made up to that point were the right ones and if I should still be wasting so much time going to school, working towards finishing a degree that would ultimately not benefit me, when I could have already been learning and doing the things that I wanted to do on my own.


And yet, here I am. Back in school, working towards an Associate's in Visual Communication. So, then. What changed? Well, I took a second look at this definition not too long ago. Mainly the parts that said 'the practice or profession of designing print or electronic forms of visual information, as for [a]... publication or website.' and 'visual communication by a skillful combination of text and pictures...' And then it dawned on me. "Wouldn't that mean something like a Sunday comic would fall under the graphic design category?"


Calvin and Hobbes - Last Minute Panic

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That's what most comics are in general, right? Take this for example. It has a combination of text and images that have been arranged in a clear and concise manner, and has been published in a newspaper, if I remember correctly. Not to mention, you can't even make a comic without panels. Because panels are the visual backbones of the medium that communicate to its reader(s) various forms of information. In this case, being an extremely relatable joke.


Now, I don't want to make every post here a five paragraph essay, so I'm gonna go ahead and cut this post short. I just can't help but gush about all the stuff that I'm passionate about! Not to mention writing about my experiences and perspectives on things like this has been very therapeutic for me...


In my next post, I'll be talking about what this style of comic looks like in today's modern times with some examples of my favorite artists. And if it isn't too long, I may even go into detail about what I chose to do for my first class project. Until then...


-elm


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