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Help with 'print designer'


mbw

Junior Member
#1
Could someone please advise me on the correct use/meaning of the term 'print designer'? Does it refer to a graphic designer designing work to be executed on paper e.g. brochures and stationery OR does it refer to a designer working at a print medium such as a magazine or newspaper? I have done both of the above, and are struggling to define/describe myself correctly (I just started looking for a new graphic design job). If the term 'print designer' does not apply to the types of design above, what would the correct descriptions of me be?
Thank you
 
#2
My definition of a Print Designer is just someone who designs for print (but I might be wrong :)). I've noticed that a lot of designers divide their work in to print design, graphic design (logos, visuals for websites etc.) and web. Maybe call yourself a Graphic Designer so you don't pigeon hole yourself?
 

mrp2049

Senior Member
#3
I'd describe myself as a print based graphic designer. Most of my work ends up on paper, but that doesn't mean I dont know alot about web/screen design.
 
#4
I'd call myself a Graphic Designer specialising in print. 'print designer' would be a title of someone who designs for print, ie flyers, business cards, magazines etc... but whether you call yourself a web designer or print designer, you're still a graphic designer.
 

lula

Senior Member
#5
Well I used to call myself a graphic designer, but since web design has been around (God I AM showing my age) I sometimes say I'm a print designer just to make the distinction that I'm not a web designer. Though I have now done a couple of websites... so I might go back to graphic designer again. I think I'll probably change it according to who I'm talking to! And I reckon 'web designer' has more kudos and makes me feel young! I've noticed one of the other gals on this forum refers to herself as a 'web mistress' which is fab, and I'd like to use it myself but it would be a bit misleading due to my inexperience. Maybe I could be a 'web maiden'....
 
#9
I find that generalising yourself as just a 'graphic designer' if your main/only speciality is print is playing up to talents you just don't have (in my case, anyway).

I'm fine with producing web-spec graphics and elements, but the moment it starts to get into the realms of positioning these things in relation to each other on a screen, adding in a dose of interactivity, that's when I run away! Not to say I can't do it, because I have produced websites in the past; trouble is, the designers coming out of college these days already have CSS and Java on the brain, as well as a degree in Flash (does that make me sound like an old man?).

So when I'm asked, I say that I'm a designer and artworker specialising in all things print. I only go into explaining my talents on the web side IF I'm asked...