It may not seem simple, but game design and graphic design are basically linked. Graphic designers are vital part of the game design process, and often check the work of game designers. However, there are a few differences between the two, and anyone who is looking for work in the games industry should understand them.
What does a graphic designer do?
Graphic design is totally into creating the ‘visual brand’ of a product or company. This includes advertising campaigns, logos, and other things which demand high visual impact and influence the branding of the product or company. Regarding video games, this often relates to marketing and advertising, but they can also check the design of in-game assets such as how still images are used or how text is displayed.
What does a game designer do?
Many different job titles come under the umbrella of a game designer. From level design to concept design and characters to environment. Many game designers do more than one thing. In small studios, it is common for a game designer to learn all of them! Game designers have to check the look and feel of a game. So it is beneficial for them to consult graphic designers for the best way to go about this.
What are the similarities?
The similarities between the both the roles is the word ‘design’ as both of the job titles are involved in the design of something, be it an outlook of an advertising campaign or be it in-game levels. Both have to take important design decisions for their field and have to work on the title of a game to make it the best. They can work together by discussing with the each other, on how to make a game unique and how to present that game in the best way to the outside world.
What are the differences?
While a graphic designer might only be connected loosely in the deployment and development of a game, a game designer has to deal with the game looks and plays. A graphic designer may be asked for things like how to display dialogue trees or user interface design, but a game designer will be much more engaged in the presentation of the game. The real difference comes down to the scope of involvement.
What’s Your Preference?
If you are preparing to get into the video games industry, it is important to consider your skill-set and know exactly what you want to do in the game industry.
If you feel that your skills are much more visual, then perhaps you should focus to become a graphic designer with a specialization in video games.
If you want to be associated with all the decisions that go into the making a video game, then you should probably focus your attentions on becoming a video game designer.
Let us know your preferences in the comments section!
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