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The 6 Qualities of the Creative Designer You Want on Your Team

June 18, 2024
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It’s a busy world out there with lots of distractions and, if you’re a brand looking to stand out and get attention, then you’ve got to have visuals that stand out and get attention.

So, with everything else on your plate, how do you handle that?

Most brands go with a creative designer.

Great creative designers are not just skilled artists; they’re innovative thinkers, problem solvers, and so much more. They’re the folks who can take the most abstract of ideas and turn them into reality.

You might be wondering what other qualities make a great creative designer. And, perhaps, how you can get one on your marketing team as quickly as possible. No worries, friend, we’re here to help.

Today’s blog is all about the essential traits of a great creative designer who can elevate your brand’s visuals and help you make your mark on the world!

What is a Creative Designer?

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A creative designer is a professional who uses their artistic skill and creativity to create visually compelling and effective design for a brand’s visual identity. They’re usually found working in fields like marketing and advertising, web development, or product design; anything that needs a creative flare to set its assets and visuals apart.

They work with all kinds of mediums from digital design to print, packaging, and more to develop visuals that communicate messages, solve problems, and boost the user experience of digital products, packaging, and more.

So, What’s the Difference Between a Graphic Designer and a Creative Designer?

The terms “graphic designer” and “creative designer” are often used interchangeably but, in actuality, they refer to two different scopes of work and responsibilities.

Here’s a quick breakdown:

Graphic Designer

  • Focus — A graphic designer’s primary focus is on creating visual content for print and digital media.
  • Key Responsibilities — Designing logos, brochures, advertisements, and packaging. Creating digital graphics for websites, social media, and email campaigns. Working with typography, color theory, and layout to produce visually appealing designs.
  • Tools — Graphic designers mostly use design software like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
  • Specialization — They often specialize in specific types of design, like branding, editorial design, web design, or packaging design.

Creative Designer

  • Focus — Creative designers usually have a wider scope that includes not only graphic design but other aspects of creative work like brand development, campaign strategy, and storytelling.
  • Key Responsibilities — Involved in concept development and brainstorming for different projects. Creating visual content but also contributing to the overall creative direction of those projects. May also work on UX/UI design, motion graphics, product design, and other creative areas.
  • Tools — Creative designers also use a wider range of tools, including graphic design software, UX/UI design tools like Figma or Sketch, and sometimes even 3D modeling or animation software.
  • Specialization — Creative designers are more versatile and blend their creativity with other skills for projects in multiple fields like visual design, user experience, and strategic planning. 

The 6 Qualities of a Great Creative Designer

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With that said, if your brand is looking for a great creative designer to add to your team, then we’re happy to aid you in your search and help you find your perfect match!

Here are 6 essential qualities you should look for in your new hire:

1. Creativity

This may go without saying, but creativity is definitely something that any good designer must possess. 

Creative designers must be able to come up with fresh, original ideas and concepts about things like strategic visuals, branding strategies, and the kind of design aesthetics that will set your brand apart. They’ve got a keen eye for design and detail and use their creativity to think outside the box and bring a unique perspective to the projects they work on.

2. Great Communication Skills

A great creative designer has to be a great communicator too. 

Creative designers often work as part of a team, which means they have to be able to effectively communicate their ideas and present design choices and creative vision, plus the reasoning behind it to team members, clients, and other departments they support, like marketing and development. 

And because communication is a two-way street, that means they’re great at listening as well. A great creative designer listens to feedback, whether from the team or the client, and then takes action to implement any feedback given.

3. Mastery of Design Software

Great creative designers can’t get to where they are without mastering the design software that they spend the most time using, for both digital and print design.

This means that they are experts in industry-standard design software like Adobe Creative Suite or UI//UX tools like Sketch, Figma, and more, possessing all of the shortcuts, tips and tricks, and savvy needed to get the most of these tools.

Their constant projects with a variety of different industries also make it necessary for them to keep up to date with all of the latest design tools and technologies, meaning that they bring the most innovative and effective design solutions to the table at all times.

4. Expert Problem-Solving Skills

Great creative designers are also able to think on their feet, finding impressive solutions to any design challenge that comes their way.

These problem-solving skills mean that creative designers can adapt quickly to any new info, updates, or changes in plans and think critically and analytically about ways to overcome challenges, often finding the most impressive and creative ways to balance a client’s needs with their existing creative vision.

5. Close Attention to Detail

As good as creative designers are about big-picture ideas and keeping projects to their general creative vision, they’re also extremely detail-oriented.

Sometimes, it’s the little things that can take a design from “good” to “wow!” and you can count on a creative designer to immediately hone in on these details to take their designs to the next level. 

And no detail is too small! From alignment to color harmony, typography, and brand consistency, a great creative designer will make sure your entire project is free of mistakes, polished, and professional looking in order to showcase your brand in the best possible light.

6. Organizational Mastermind

All of this attention to detail naturally means that a creative designer must also be very organized.

Often, a creative designer is working on multiple projects at the same time and being organized is essential for keeping files, assets, notes, and feedback accessible and ready to go when they need them.

They will also keep their projects to a strict timeline, prioritizing tasks as they go to make sure everything, from creative work to administrative work, gets done on time!

Why Your Brand Needs a Creative Designer

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There are many reasons why adding a creative designer to your team can benefit your business.

Here are just a few we can think of:

  • Brand Identity Development — A great creative designer can ensure consistent visual elements across all materials, making your brand more memorable and recognizable.
  • Innovative Marketing Campaigns — A great creative designer brings fresh ideas to the table and creates high-quality visuals that capture and engage your audience.
  • Better User Experience — The right designer knows how to create intuitive and visually pleasing user interfaces for websites and apps, to improve your customer satisfaction.
  • Strategic Communication — Creative designers know how to translate complex messages into engaging visuals to keep your brand communication clear and effective.
  • Competitive Edge — A great creative designer provides unique and creative designs that differentiate your brand and keep it relevant and up to date with new trends.
  • Versatility and Adaptability — Creative designers know how to create cohesive designs across any platforms and media to help you maintain a strong brand presence.
  • Long-Term Value — The right designer on your team creates the kind of appealing and consistent assets that help build brand loyalty and increase customer engagement and conversions.

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Looking to Make Your Next Hire?

If we’ve just described the perfect addition to your team, then allow us to go one step further in aiding you in your search.

Why not partner with Designity?

If it’s a creative, innovative, organized, meticulous, and talented designer you’re looking for, then we’d like to let you know that Designity has the best of the best in our creative community (only the top 3% of all the talented designer that apply each year), plus the guidance of a Creative Director, a project manager with 10+ years of experience in design and marketing, to make sure that your projects are executed flawlessly, designed strategically, and meet the highest standards.

Why not check out our community profile to see how our talented designers and dedicated Creative Directors have been able to elevate the design, branding, and marketing strategy of brands just like yours?

Then take things one step further and click here to book your demo call. Our Account Executives are eager to talk to you, learn more about your brand and your goals, and assign the perfect Creative Director and team of experts to help you reach them!

Are you ready to experience the difference a great creative designer can make for your brand?  

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