Disturbing people that bosses will hire in a rush in order to spray some glitz on unappetizing web sites.
In constant fight with the usability expert, the database designer and the webmaster.

Remember: every graphic designer is a misunderstood artist, and every little fscking icon is a precious work of art that you, the dolt, fail to understand.

The moment you find a good one (a clueful one, actually) do all you can to woo him/her.

A bad one makes a site bloated and unusable. (This happened to Marist, at one point our starting page was a full meg, with an average of forty images per page for the entire site.)
A good one knows just how much is enough and can work with everyone else to keep things simple yet pretty.
Graphic Designers need to have excellent knowledge of Typography, great research capabilities, to be creative upon demand, to be professional, meet multiple dead lines, have wonderful communication skills, make beautiful presentations, face down the competition, use iMacs, live through the cynics, be capable of illustrating the most bizarre of concepts, create memorable corporate identities and keep in touch with the latest fashions/trends just to make a living.
A lot goes into the designs, most of it unseen, so basically they're just like everyone else in most respects.
Qualified graphic designers, though it is tricky, should know how to work within space, time and cost constraints, though there is an error margin

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Graphic Design is in everything, a lot of designers specialise in the areas they feel most comfortable with.

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