Layout artists deal with the visual aspect of publications. They make decisions about how to arrange images and text to create a look that will appeal to a publication's audience. The types of publications layout artists work with might include articles, posters, newspapers or ad copy.
Most layout artists nowadays use programs such as Adobe InDesign for pagination. Some smaller or older businesses might still use older techniques of manually pasting copy together instead of using software, but computer graphics software is generally key to this occupation.
Layout artists work with a variety of people from advertising executives to copy editors regarding the images and copy they wish to present to their audience or the public. They usually also work closely with a managing editor and/or an art director. Most layout artists are formally trained in graphic design or a related field. In addition to being technically trained, layout artists are creative people who have very strong communication skills, and a keen eye for detail and design aesthetics.