The many micro-jobs of the small agency designer

When you think of the skills and day-to-day tasks of a graphic designer, much of it is stereotyped: drawing, Adobe Creative Suite, laying text out nicely on a page, brainstorming with post-it notes and giant notice boards whilst sitting on brightly coloured bean bags, making cups of tea… the list goes on. What people don’t always realise, however, is that agencies are extremely busy and demanding environments to work in, and when you’re part of a small work-force in particular, your job requirements go well beyond the work you do on screen. Some might call it multi-tasking, but I prefer to think of it as having a multitude of ‘micro-jobs,’ as each requires a very different set of skills from the others. Here are a few (that they don’t tell you about in college)…

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