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Does anyone know what is the full-branch of Graphic Design and the title for the person doing it.

Graphic Design
|- Web Design - Web Designer
|- Illustration - Illustrator
|- Photo Manipulation - Photo Manipulator


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There is no official taxonomy for the various species of designers.


If you want to take a go at creating your own, some various titles that you might see in the graphic design world:

  • advertisement specialist
  • advertising designer
  • art director
  • book setter
  • brand manager
  • broadcast designer
  • copywriter
  • creative director
  • data visualization specialist
  • director
  • environmental designer
  • exhibition designer
  • exhibition fabricator
  • graphic artist
  • graphic designer
  • illustrator
  • interaction designer
  • interactive designer
  • interface designer
  • logo designer
  • marketing manager
  • motion designer
  • multimedia designer
  • multimedia specialist
  • package designer
  • photo editor
  • photographer
  • prepress operator
  • presentation designer
  • producer
  • production artist
  • publisher
  • senior designer
  • sign maker
  • sign painter
  • signage and way finding designer
  • technical illustrator
  • The catc
  • type designer
  • typesetter
  • UX designer
  • video designer
  • visual artist
  • visual communications specialist
  • visual designer
  • web designer
  • web developer

The catch is that none of those are necessarily isolated skill sets. Throughout a career, a designer will often be wearing a variety of those hats, often several at the same time.

On top of that, there's no real rules at to what a title implies in terms of seniority or salary from one company to the next. It's mostly arbitrary.

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But If I can gather some large list of taxonomy then maybe someday we can make it official. :) – Pennf0lio May 21 '12 at 21:38
I updated my answer with a list to get you started. Good luck! ;) – DA01 May 21 '12 at 22:05
Wow, Thanks for updating the list. I would try to add more if I can discover new ones. – Pennf0lio May 22 '12 at 0:57
I added a few more. Only one that was already on there I'm not sure about is exhibition fabricator. I think generally that would fall into a fabrication/construction role. – Ryan Dec 28 '12 at 17:40
I sorted the document so duplicate entries won't be edited. – Darth_Vader Apr 4 '13 at 13:34

We have two branches of Graphics, these are: 1. Presentation Graphics 2. Illustration Graphics

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Welcome to GD.SE! Your answer will probably not be well-received because it doesn't add anything to the conversation. Both items are already in the other answer's list. If you feel like your answer is different than the other, then you're welcome to edit to differentiate it better! – Brendan Apr 4 '13 at 12:51

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