To have copywriters, copy editors, and project managers

To be professional in the graphic design field is to be professional like you would with any other job. Most graphic designers are stuck with a laid back and relaxed kind of stigma, which may be true in some cases, but we are always required to act in a professional manner.  In the Graphic design field, most, if not all of it is built on a solid foundation of relationships. These relationships are primarily, and most importantly between the designer and the client. Secondarily, but really just as important are relationships between the designer and different members of the design team. In the department of Oakland County in which I work, the Economic Development and Community Affairs department, I am placed on a design team. This team includes our Creative directors, (my bosses boss, and my boss)  illustrators, photographers, art directors ( also my boss) and graphic designers (my boss and I) and then we have copywriters, copy editors, and project managers who are also on our ‘team’ but play different roles. While we have a small team of people who take on multiple roles, not all projects we get require all of these roles and most times they are often overlapped or are filled by the same person. All of these people are contributors in determining the success of a project. “The most successful projects happen when there is a bond of trust between the client and the designer. The most effective way to assure that the expectations of all the parties is met is to validate the relationship with a written agreement.” according to The Ethics of Graphic Design. At first glance, the ethical issues that surround the legalities in graphic design appear to be fairly black and white. However there are alot of copyright rules and regulations. Throughout research and throughout my time at baker I’ve gathered a list of things that cannot be copyrighted, some of which were surprising to me: Titles, Slogans, Names, Measurement Charts, Calendars, Symbols, Variations of lettering or coloring. However, while these items cannot be copyrighted, according to online source Onextrapixel  “many of these things can only be protected by trademarks. The difference between copyrighting and trademarking is that copyrighting is simply the act of using the trademarked item in written text to market, advertise, or convey a viewpoint and citing that text as your own. Trademarking is a means of identification to distinguish a name, symbol, figure, or word as unique to that merchant or manufacturer. Even if a name is trademarked it can still be used in a design or written work as long as it isn’t manufactured under that name.”  Depending on where you work and who you work for there are guidelines that need to be taken into consideration when creating any type of design work. If you work for a company that does work on a global scale you need o be aware of all the cultural and diversity differences. There are different ways to market design and advertise to different demographics. Sali Saki, the co-producer of Cities x Design states “There is a cultural dimension to graphic design that is affected by traditions, multiculturalism, ethnicity, diversity, language, gender, beliefs, value systems and also a certain ability to transform the visual heritage of places and peoples into contemporary commercial currency and cultural expression”. This field is rapidly expanding as the world continues to grow into a digital rhelme. Continuous advances in technology and social medias turn this big world into a much, much smaller place. Making it easier for advertisers and marketers to reach a larger audience.Design has always played an important role around society. There are aspects of design in everything we do and see. From the box of cereal you eat for breakfast, to the way your favorite animated video was made, everything far and wide and inbetween; there was designer and a team who made it.