You know your business needs more design support, but what role should you be looking for? When it comes to graphic design - there’s a whole host of job titles that specialise in different areas. Choosing the right person for your team is really important, and understanding what you’re looking for is the first step to doing that.
So, what does a brand designer do? How are they different from a graphic designer? Keep reading as we take a deeper dive into this subject.
First of all, let’s go over what a graphic designer does. A graphic designer can help you with all the design tasks you need day-to-day. Things like presentation design, social media posts or ad creatives will be handled by your designer. Graphic designers can also get involved with more complex design projects like website designs and logo designs. To accomplish those things however, your designer will require a brief.
A professional graphic designer works less on strategy, and more on execution. Their role is to help bring ideas to life in creative ways, rather than to strategize the direction a brand should go in.
A brand designer will be involved in planning the way a brand is presented, including everything from the overall tone-of-voice and messaging of the brand through to the visual identity. The visual identity includes things like the brand colour palette, fonts you will use, and basically all else that makes up the design rules in your set of brand guidelines. Whilst brand designers will know how to design the actual marketing collateral needed on tools like Illustrator, Figma and Adobe Photoshop, they will often work with other senior creatives such as copywriters and graphic designers that can help bring their vision for the brand to life. However, it will be up to them to strategise how that brand should look, and to keep a close overview on how the brand is being presented through graphic design and copy.
If you’re looking for help with growing a brand from scratch, and you need direction on the best stylistic choices for the brand - you’ll most likely need to work with a brand designer. Brand designers can be hired in-house and have an average salary of around £34,000 in the UK as of 2022, according to Glassdoor.
However, if you’ve already had an established set of brand guidelines for a while and you simply need to get your brand in front of more people - you’ll benefit from working with a graphic designer. A graphic designer can take those brand guidelines and help you up to increase the volume of content your brand is producing, therefore widening your audience as you create different content formats and attract people to your business.
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