Design is important when building anything and has many meanings in technology. Design focuses on the look and feel of the tech all around us, and can make websites, apps and software user-friendly. Art also plays a large role in design. Many fields within this discipline use a critical eye and art techniques, including graphic design, 3D modeling, animation and computer-aided design or CAD.
Everything from your phone, to your car, to this website, had a designer help develop the user interface (UI) and user experience (UX). Without designers, everything would be less pleasing to interact with. Designers can be artists, engineers or anyone who helps develop the overall experience of technology.
Careers within the design field are varied and include graphic design, web design, 3D modeling, animation and graphics, CAD and more. Qualities that make a successful designer include creativity, communication skills, visual thinking abilities, a detail-oriented mindset and organization. Designers need to be able to see the bigger picture while noticing small details.
If you’re interested in entering a design technology career, know that it can be pretty competitive. Try pulling together a “portfolio,” or collection, of your work or assignments in the field. Digital or physical copies of portfolios are common. The field of design, like fashion, is ever-changing. Trends come (and go out of) style, and designers need to be up-to-date on the latest movements.
What doesn’t go out of style, however, are the fundamentals of art. Jobs in design typically require some familiarity with art, including color theory, an understanding of line and shape and more.
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Education and training requirements vary, with code school certification, associate's degrees or undergraduate college degrees providing a path to this type of career.
In Omaha, the median salary for Web Designers and Digital Interface designers is $66,000 per year, according to O*Net.
Web designers build websites. They are typically involved in the planning, design and execution of building a new site or redesigning a current one. These types of designers need to understand HTML and other coding languages and have a solid grasp of the key elements of a page, like navigation, menus, the colors and fonts used.
Most video game designers need a bachelor's degree and on-the-job training.
In 2019, the average salary for a video game designer in Omaha was $57,860, according to O*Net data.
Video game designers develop storylines, graphics and animations for video games. Teamwork and cooperation are skills video game designers need to thrive, as most work is done on larger teams.
Typically, this occupation requires a bachelor's degree and/or on-the-job training, according to O*Net.
The median annual salary for a graphic designer in Omaha was $49,220, according to O*Net.
Graphic Designers combine art and technology skills to create logos, graphics, flyers and other materials.
Career salary data provided by: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook handbook and O*NET OnLine.