First of all, what is design?
Well, according to Wikipedia: and their definition of design “Design is the creation of a plan or convention for the construction of an object, system or measurable human interaction (as in architectural blueprints, engineering drawings, business processes, circuit diagrams, and sewing patterns).
When looking at graphic design, we get a bit of a different definition: “Graphic design is the process of visual communication and problem-solving using one or more of typography, photography and illustration”
Common uses of graphic design include corporate design (logos and branding), editorial design (magazines, newspapers and books), wayfinding or environmental design, advertising, web design, communication design, product packaging and signage.
Lately there has been a rise in graphic design being used for t-shirts and other custom print products.
The industry of custom design has been very small until about 10 years ago, but over the past 10 years, due to the rise on online shopping, there has been a boost in the custom print industry! This has been because the internet gave scale to the very small niche hobbies and niche designs which can be created on custom products!
The skills required to be a successful graphic designer have been changing over the past few years. While in the past, the main tool used was a pencil, graphic designers have been having to adapt and start using software like Photoshop and Illustrator.