Graphic design supervisors spend most of their time in an office setting supervising a team of graphic designers and illustrators. These supervisors are in charge of organizing work and assigning different priority levels to scheduled work activities. Additionally, graphic design supervisors meet and coordinate with other departments to understand what they need from the graphic design team and so that the graphic design team better understands the needs of the customer.
Graphic design supervisors must be forward-thinking and keep abreast of the latest technology and trends so that management can discuss what software or hardware will help the graphic design team produce the highest-quality work. Additionally, they determine their unit's needs so they can request additional products as necessary. Graphic design supervisors also make sure that all deadlines are met and that subordinates' work meets the standards of their employer and of the customer. They must also make sure that their unit's work follows any pertinent laws and regulations.
At least an associate's degree with related coursework in graphic design is generally needed for this role; employers may allow experience to be substituted for education. Employers generally require substantial work experience in the commercial art, graphic design and/or web design fields as well. Graphic design supervisors must have in-depth knowledge of graphic art programs and the hardware involved making graphic art, as well as understand the cost and effectiveness of various art processes. Additionally, they should be knowledgeable about the techniques and mechanisms of graphic design, illustration, and drawing.
Graphic Design Supervisor Tasks
Review budgets, invoices, resources, and contractors to meet goals.
Communicate across departments to set goals, report on initiatives, and integrate strategies.
Manage and supervise design staff and evaluate and improve their products.
Set and review graphic design standards.