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A career in artworking can be based within an agency environment or in-house, working directly for a business. The role is a varied and detail-orientated one that involves reviewing creative concepts and reworking the design to fix colours, typography, consistencies and making the file ready to launch whether for digital channels or as part of printed media.
Why consider a career in Artworking?
If you’re a perfectionist with meticulous attention-to-detail, the role of an Artworker is broad and widely sought-after. You may work on high volume projects which will mean you’ll need to work at pace without losing your detail orientated approach.
What a career or job as an Artworker may entail…
As an Artworker, you may be working on a broad range of media, including POS (point of sale), brochures, editorial, packaging, catalogues, print marketing collateral, digital assets, promotional merchandise and trade show or events collateral.
What exactly you will be doing is dependent on the specific client or business requirements, if you’re agency-side you can be sure that you’ll be working closely with the Client Services and Creative teams to ensure work is on brief and to the client requirements. If you’re working in-house/client side you’ll be with the marketing or creative team working on the business’s creative requirements.
Regardless of your level of seniority, you’ll need an eye for detail as you’ll be one of the last people within the studio to work on a brief before it goes to print, or goes live. You’ll be making amends to design work that is passed over from elsewhere in the studio. In some studios the Artworker or Creative Artworker (CAW) exists in its own right, in other studios (often smaller teams) the Designer will artwork their own projects.
In some teams, you’ll act as a brand guardian, ensuring all work is on brief and within the existing brand guidelines. In print focused artwork positions, it’ll be your responsibility to ensure files are ready to go out to print/press and you’ll need to typeset documents and files where necessary.
Typical role titles include
Visual Image Developer
Career progression example
Head of Artwork
At an entry level, junior/graduate artworking professionals on average will be earning between £18k-£22k. At the mid-level you’d be looking to earn £22k-£30k and seniors would be looking to earn £30k+.
Is it right for me? The skills it takes…
You’ll be well versed in the Adobe Creative Suite and a dab hand with all the usual suspects including Photoshop, Illustrator InDesign. It’ll be your responsibility to ensure the brands’ consistency, accuracy and legibility across all work that you produce.
What qualifications does it take?
You will usually need a foundation degree or diploma within a relevant subject. These include graphic design, graphic communication, illustration and art.
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