What is Graphic Design?
Graphic design is a creative process, one most often involving a client and a designer, and traditionally completed in conjunction with producers of form (printers, sign makers, etc.). In the 21st century, however, graphic design may be applied directly to websites, eliminating the need for an intermediary. Graphic design is undertaken to convey a specific message (or messages) to a targeted audience, usually from the client, known as the 'brief'.
Graphic design often refers to both the process (designing) by which the communication is created and the products (designs) which are generated. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphic_design
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