Whilst many aspects of the communication design industry are contained within specialised compartments and departments, as we have seen with advertising, magazine, newspaper and book publishing, there ere a vast number of design companies that exist to offer broader services.
Independent graphic design studios and companies far outnumber the specialist advertising agencies or publishing companies, and are a rich source of work for the illustrator. Commissions can be forthcoming for any type of project; illustrators are called in to create images for annual reports, to work on logo designs, produce cover illustrations for financial reports, artwork for theatre posters - the list is endless. As in other aspects of the industry, knowing the specialist nature of each company is vital belore approaching Ihem with requests for meetings or portfolio reviews. Following the international design press and researching company websites is the best way of gleaning up-to-date information about projects undertaken by these independent companies.
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