If all graphic designers had to fit the definition of the term perfectly we (designers) would all be magicians who could jump through rings of smoke and make multimedia artworks appear with the wave of a mouse and the words "abracadabra". In reality most designers are only knowledgeable about a few parts of the graphic design field. Graphic design has become a multimedia field.
The reality is that the field encompasses illustration (digital or fine art illustrations including painting), magazine layout and book layout (what you find on the shelves of bookstores and superstores, textile design (carpets, materials and upholstery), print design and advertisement design (concepts for advertising campaigns and silkscreen printing for clothing), interface and web design (design and coding of websites and interface designs for software development and planning), video effects and editing (shooting and editing of corporate video and commercial video as well as special effects and animation), 3D modeling and animation (Creation and animation of 3 dimensional models like Shrek), and many other fields.All of the above is considered to be Graphic Design.
Most graphic designers will attempt to be as knowledgeable as possible about these different areas, or have colleagues that they often refer to for assistance with big Multimedia graphic design jobs. It is however, impossible to be an expert on every field.
Graphic design is a term that is used in association with commercial art for the most part... It involves splicing together a multimedia concoction of art, computer skills, digital imagery, design concepts, advertising concepts, type, copyright, video material and more.
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