What a Graphic Designer is
An Illustrator draws things, a Graphic Designer designs things. Yes, there are plenty of Graphic Designers who are also illustrators (I do cartoon illustration), just as there are plenty of Graphic Designer who are also photographers.
Like most Graphic Designers, I had no idea what Graphic Design was when I started out on getting my education. I had always liked to draw, so I took some art classes. As I learned more about "Commercial Art", I started doing freelance work doing ad layout.
Nowadays when people ask what I do, I sometimes say Graphic Design, and sometimes I say Web Design. Good web design is the best design being done in the world right now. And like all Graphic Design, when it's done well, the design "disappears" to most people and all they are left with is a good feeling.
To start understanding Graphic Design, start with recognizing bad design. That's easy. When you start to see beautiful design, which is everywhere, you have arrived.
Welcome to my world.
Posted by Brad Hall