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Graphic Design Technology

Combining the skills of design, art, typography, typesetting, illustration, printing, and publishing to create graphic designs for both online and printed publications.

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Why is this skill important?

Graphic Design Technology comprises many different skills and disciplines in the production of print and/or online publications and products. Individuals in this field are highly creative and client focused, with the ability to listen and communicate well. 

Generally, projects include the following stages:  research, planning and idea generation, designing and creating the final product, and applying the technical specifications for the intended output media. The practitioner will need to have a solid grasp of the specified printing and production processes.

There are many pathways for an individual with skills in graphic design technology, leading to work in advertising firms, a printing company or a corporate design department. Should one choose to specialize, they can take on the role of graphic designer/artist, illustrator, typographer or typesetter, prepress operator, digital printer, packaging specialist, and many more.

Could this skill be for you?

If you like:

  • Complex problems
  • Using computers
  • Being creative

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The Challenge

Important elements of the challenge include:

  • Competitors will be tasked to develop an idea in appropriate industry specific software.

  • Demonstrating research and planning is an important part of this Skill.

  • Competitors will be judged on creation of the layout and specific elements of design.

  • The finished product must be set up with the correct technical specifications ready for online publication.

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Medal Result Competitor Country/region
Gold 756 YU-ZHEN HUANG Chinese Taipei
Silver 752 Yuezhi Fang China
Bronze 744 Deborah Psenner South Tyrol, Italy
Medallion for Excellence 731 SEONYEONG KIM Korea
Medallion for Excellence 728 Anna Belikova Russia
Medallion for Excellence 720 Lukas Diemling Austria
Medallion for Excellence 719 Kyla Henry Canada
Medallion for Excellence 719 Sandy CHAMPION France
Medallion for Excellence 716 Katrina Elizabete Sile Latvia
Medallion for Excellence 710 Kin Lin Low Singapore
Medallion for Excellence 708 Simoul Premraj Alva India
Medallion for Excellence 707 Jonas Turtschan Germany
Medallion for Excellence 701 Sarah Browning New Zealand
Medallion for Excellence 700 Larissa Moreira Brazil
Medallion for Excellence 700 Anton Priyatna Indonesia
695 Mariam Al Ali United Arab Emirates
686 Ivi Bruls Netherlands
685 Ester Wikström Sweden
685 Amarin Sornsungnoen Thailand
679 Emanuel Sousa Portugal
673 Hesam Beik Mohammadloo Iran
669 Jason Geyer South Africa
656 Chin Ming Ma Hong Kong, China
629 Miho Aoki Japan
604 Shaikha AlAbbasi Kingdom of Bahrain
594 Anthony Karpowicz Belgium
592 Salome Tsikaridze Georgia
529 Kirill Kazaku Kazakhstan

How to compete

To reach the level of skills required to compete in a WorldSkills Competition takes several years of training and dedication. But the best time to start is now.

Find out more about how to take part in a WorldSkills Competition.