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Publication Designers

Descriptions & Duties

  • Publication Designers are responsible for design specifications for individual books and magazines. Commission illustrations and photographs. Mark up typescript for prepress and prepare rough page layouts and cover/jacket artwork. Prepare design work on publicity brochures and web page design.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:1 (Max:5) 

Skill is rarely required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Trade Specific Competencies

Creativity, artistic ability and knowledge in using design software

Publication Designers should have the ability to communicate creatively by using creative visual and digital media. They should possess good artistic sense and be able to proficiently use design software to produce visuals, including images or videos involved with advertising, magazines, websites or packaging, as required by clients.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • Completion of the higher diploma or diploma in printing / publishing / design or related discipline

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $10,000-$20,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$30,000

Monthly Salary > $30,000

Government Sector

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 14-27

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 28-33

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 34-39

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 40-44

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 45-49

*For more details on Civil Service Pay Scales, please visit website of the Civil Service Bureau.

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Publication Designers generally work in studios, some self-employed designers work independently at home. Sometimes have to work overtime or irregular hours, especially near deadlines.


  • Computers with prepress software

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