Wikipedia describe graphic design this way…
Graphic design is the process of visual communication and problem-solving using one or more of typography, photography and illustration. The field is considered a subset of visual communication and communication design, but sometimes the term "graphic design" is used synonymously. Graphic designers create and combine symbols, images and text to form visual representations of ideas and messages. They use typography, visual arts and page layout techniques to create visual compositions. 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.
I found this series of tutorials on graphic design that seems to be very interesting.
This is the description found on google and in this video tutorials series :
The art or skill of combining text and pictures in advertisements, magazines, or books.
So what is graphic design?
So there are two things you must consider in graphic design and what it is:
So there is the Graphic side of graphic design which consist of: Visuals, Which is associated with Art, Imagination, Expression, Involving many mediums such as drawing, painting, engraving or lettering giving clear and explicit details. Visual elements that combine to create graphic Design.
The Second Part is Design: To decide upon the look and function of something before it’s made. This include, Thinking, Problem solving and practicality. In graphic design there are rules that can be considered. These rules are called the principals of Design.
Key principles of design are:
Graphic design is not painting or drawing or creating a poster or a quick logo on your computer. These things are the end process. The means to the end. These are skills you acquire through the creative process you develop. Graphic design is not about making things look pretty.
Graphic Design is :
The organisation and presentation of information developed through a creative process for a particular function.
The first thing you must understand as a graphic designer is information a message or a brief. Then you must research and understand what is the information you must convey your audience before getting behind your computer and creating.
It’s only once we have a solid idea developed through the ‘Design Process’ we can use our skills with layout, colour, typography and creative tools to bring that idea to life.
Graphic Design jobs include:
If you are looking to become a graphic artist you will come across many different type of design opportunity. Graphic Design as a big commercial side, it is used to sell things on the web and in advertising. On television in in print advertising and magazines. The power of graphic design to inform influence and instruct on a commercial level can also be used to educate and inspire future generation.