DMD is looking for a graphic designer based in Dubai
You will work on a variety of products and activities, such as websites, advertising, books, magazines, posters, computer games, product packaging, exhibitions and displays, corporate communications and corporate identity, i.e. giving organisations a visual 'brand'.
You'll work to a brief agreed with the client, creative director or account manager and will develop creative ideas and concepts. The appropriate media and style has to be chosen to meet the client's objectives.
The work demands creative flair, up-to-date knowledge of industry software and a professional approach to time, costs and deadlines.

You may need to manage more than one design brief at a time and typical activities include:

  • meeting clients or account managers to discuss the business objectives and requirements of the job;
  • estimating the time required to complete the work and providing quotes for clients;
  • developing design briefs that suit the client's purpose;
  • thinking creatively to produce new ideas and concepts and developing interactive design;
  • using innovation to redefine a design brief within the constraints of cost and time;
  • presenting finalised ideas and concepts to clients or account managers;
  • working with a range of media, including computer-aided design (CAD) and keeping up to date with emerging technologies;
  • proofreading to produce accurate and high-quality work;
  • demonstrating illustrative skills with rough sketches and working on layouts ready for print;
  • commissioning illustrators and photographers;
  • working as part of a team with printers, copywriters, photographers, stylists, illustrators, other designers, account executives, web developers and marketing specialists.

Relevant subjects for graphic design work include those that involve visual arts. In particular, a degree or HND in the following subjects may increase your chances:

  • 3D design;
  • communication design;
  • film/television;
  • fine art;
  • graphic design;
  • illustration;
  • photography;
  • visual art.

Any design-based course will give you a good grounding and knowledge of design, art history and printing techniques.
Some roles don't require a degree or HND, as job offers may be based on the standard of portfolio work and not on educational qualifications. However, progress without formal training is extremely difficult, and the vast majority of graphic designers have higher qualifications.
A pre-entry postgraduate qualification isn't needed, but pre-entry experience is essential.
Apart from technical and drawing skills, you will need to show:

  • passion and enthusiasm for design, with a creative flair;
  • a flexible approach when working in a team;
  • excellent communication skills in order to interpret and negotiate briefs with clients;
  • good presentation skills and the confidence to explain and sell ideas to clients and colleagues;
  • time management skills and the ability to cope with several projects at a time;
  • accuracy and attention to detail when finalising designs;
  • being open to feedback and willing to make changes to your designs;
  • effective networking skills to build contacts.

Career prospects
Progression from junior graphic designer is possible within two to three years, with the first few jobs acting as stepping stones. At this stage, developing a reputation, networking and making contacts are important.
Successful designers may be in a position to apply for a senior designer post after three to five years. In large design partnerships, it may be possible to achieve promotion from designer to management positions, such as studio manager or creative director.
In general, career development depends on frequent job movement to widen your experience and develop your portfolio. You'll have to think strategically about career moves and consider the development opportunities within each role.
It's possible to become self-employed within five to ten years of your first job, if you've built up a good reputation. Gaining chartered status with the CSD can help with career progression as it shows you're working at a specific professional level.

  • Starting salaries for junior graphic designers can be in the region of AED 3500 - AED 5000 monthly.

Once you've gained some experience, this can rise to AED8000 in the first year.

Job Type: Full-time

Job Location:

  • Dubai Silicon Oasis

Required education:

  • Bachelor's

Required experience:

  • Graphic Design: 3 years

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