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A graphic designer is a professional who works using visual images to convey a message to an audience. These kinds of careers often focus on advertising or presenting a given set of data to a target audience through pictures, where writers may provide associated text.
As a kind of visual artist, the graphic designer usually works from a relatively technical standpoint. Unlike visual artists who sell expressive art works to private buyers, a graphic designer will sell visuals that work in a commercial or other presentation context, often using a combination of drawn or painted and computer-generated visuals.
A graphic designer may work for a larger graphic design firm, or he or she may freelance as an independent contractor for multiple clients. Graphic design services are valuable to any business or organization using visuals in any medium, from print to Internet, television or other new media.