Graphic Design is an artistic and professional discipline that focuses on visual communication and presentation toward the goal of delivering a message or creating a product. Possible graphic design occupational titles include: graphic designer, graphic artist, production artist, designer, creative director, artist, design director, creative manager, and desktop publisher.

Product design describes the process of imagining, creating, and iterating products that solve users’ problems or address specific needs in a given market. The key to successful product design is an understanding of the end-user customer, the person for whom the product is being created. Product designers attempt to solve real problems for real people by using both empathy and knowledge of their prospective customers’ habits, behaviors, frustrations, needs, and wants.

Things to Consider

Designers must combine creativity with functionality. Educational requirements vary. In some fields, graduate training is beneficial or required. Students can begin by observing professionals, talking with them, studying their art and technique, and obtaining experience through internships.

Students considering these fields are encouraged to reach out to their faculty and alumni to develop professional relationships and contacts. Portfolios are fundamental for demonstrating previous experience and should be adaptable to fit changing career narratives, as well as capable of demonstrating the process as well as the product.

Data Analysis and Statistics Summer Internships with NSF

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NSF Data Analysis and Statistics Summer Internships

Apply Today! Deadline: March 31, 2021 4:00PM EST

The National Science Foundation (NSF), National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) provides policy makers and the public high-quality information on the science and …

By Kristin McJunkins
Kristin McJunkins Director, Health Professions Advising & STEM Connect Kristin McJunkins
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Customize the New OCS Weekly Newsletter

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The Yale OCS Weekly Newsletter can now be customized to your interest areas including upcoming events, sample jobs, and helpful articles/blogs. OCS strongly recommends that everyone take the 2 minutes to update their preferences to ensure you are getting the …

By Robyn Acampora
Robyn Acampora Director of Strategic Initiatives and Public Service Careers Robyn Acampora
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Create a Target Employer List (Job Search Road Map)

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Your target employer list is a critical element of your job search plan. Having a target list provides a road map as you begin your employer research and outreach efforts. An employer target list can start with industry (e.g., Healthcare), …

By David Halek
David Halek Director of Employer Relations David Halek
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2021 Virtual Common Good & Creative Careers Networking Event

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Seeking opportunities with a nonprofit organization, within the government sector, or within the creative careers indsutries? Join Yale’s Office of Career Strategy on March 19, 2021, from 2pm-4pm to meet with employers from across these CGCC areas.

Yale’s Common Good …

By Stephanie Waite
Stephanie Waite Senior Associate Director Stephanie Waite
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Careers in the Arts: Who Stays and Who Leaves

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Research by the National Endowment for the Arts, Americans for the Arts, and others confirms the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts and culture sector—since mid-March 2020, the pandemic has (at least temporarily) cost the U.S. arts …

By Derek I. Webster
Derek I. Webster Senior Associate Director for Creative Careers Derek I. Webster
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