Graphic designers plan, analyze and create visual solutions to communications problems, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. These professionals find the most effective way to get messages across in print and electronic media using color, type, illustration, photography, animation and various print and layout techniques.
At Western Oregon University (WOU), graphic design students receive real-world opportunities to hone their skills. For example, learners in the school's design program recreated the logo for Abby's House, which is WOU's Center for Women and Families. The on-campus resource center serves the campus community by providing a library, educational programming, peer advising and mentoring as well as support services.
The students also redesigned the logo for the Program for Undergraduate Research Experiences. The program is designed to enhance research experiences through support efforts, such as the co-sponsorship of the annual Academic Excellence Showcase.
Graphic design students are encouraged to participate in these endeavors as part of their education. According to the school, "branding," or identity design, is important because it helps organizations establish credibility and value.
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