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How to Become a Graphic Designer in Honolulu, Hawaii

Written by ACR StaffFebruary 17, 2012
How to Become a Graphic Designer in Honolulu, Hawaii
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With as many as 50,000 commercial businesses and a year-round population well over 370,000, the city of Honolulu, Hawaii is ideal for local artists in search of graphic design careers.  Many different types of businesses all throughout the islands hire graphic design professionals.  The the majority of available jobs are clustered around Honolulu, where nearly a third of the state's population resides.

Honolulu Schools and Training Programs for Graphic Design

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A number of Honolulu, Hawaii colleges offer degree programs in graphic design (also known as Communications Design).  Among the most popular local options are Honolulu Community College, Chaminade University of Honolulu, Hawaii Business College and University of Hawaii.  Some aspiring designers opt for degree programs online.  Popular colleges with online graphic design degree programs include The Art Institutes, ITT Tech, University of Phoenix and DeVry.

Graphic designers in Honolulu, Hawaii typically major in visual communications.  A graphic design degree program in Honolulu might include courses in computer science, website design, digital media, traditional media, photography, animation, technical drawing, typography, printmaking and other important subjects.

Working as a Graphic Designer in Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii maintains a lively demand for graphic designers.  Jobs available to local graphic artists include designing brand logos, promotional materials, cover art, web pages, product packaging, road signs, textile patterns and visual instructions, among other things. 

Some graphic designers are employed by leading Honolulu advertising firms.  These include Amvest, Core Group One, CP Interactive and HTH Advertising, to name just a few.  Other Hawaii designers are hired by top Honolulu movie producers.  The largest of these include KHET-PBS Hawaii, Pro Travel, Maxivision USA and Moana Productions.  Professional graphic designers in Honolulu, Hawaii also work for photographers, art galleries, software companies, colleges, publishers, manufacturers, construction contractors, architects, realtors, internet start-ups and various private businesses. 

More than a quarter million communications designers are employed by companies nationwide.  Around half of them earn between $30,000 and $60,000 annually, but this is not including the unreported salaries of self employed professionals.  The starting salary of a graphic designer largely depends on educational background, related experience and design expertise.  Hiring decisions primarily depend on the quality of the artist's design portfolio. 

Skills of a Graphic Designer

A communications designer manipulates and organizes words, letters, pictures, shapes and symbols to achieve a desired psychological effect.  The most common desired psychological effect is getting people to buy something.  Most graphic design jobs involve page layout, which is the determination of size, color, location, orientation and other features of visual elements within a clearly-defined space.  Preferred attributes of professional graphic designers include artistic talent, color sensitivity, extreme precision and a keen eye for detail.