Graphic Design Cover Letter: Examples & Writing Tips

Nothing more difficult than standing out in a crowd of artists. Or is there? You know how to stand out in a crowd. How to captivate with design. In this guide you’ll learn what’s important to employers, and what captivates hiring managers to pick up the phone.

 

Below you’ll find a graphic design cover letter that speaks volumes to project managers and hiring people—a letter that shows that you know what really matters—budgets, results, turnarounds, deadlines, and happy clients.

 

Focusing on these aspects will set your application apart by allowing the hiring manager to imagine the quantitative results you will deliver. After all, your portfolio speaks for itself, doesn’t it?

 

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Graphic design cover letter example

 

Eleanor Hawkins

39 Abbey Row

Nunney

BA11 3XH

070 6616 2233

eleanor@hawkins.com

behance.com/eleanorhaw

 

Lucy Green

Project Manager

nHance Studios

1 Hackney Road

London

E1 3NS

 

May 30, 2021



Dear Lucy,

 

Having 6+ years of agency and freelance experience as a Graphic Designer, and over £500k of completed projects, I am ready to adapt to the challenge at nHance Studios. I thrive in a fast-paced environment, consistently delivering up to 25+ minor tasks a day for freelance clients, while working on conceptualising and implementing website design, app UI and complete brand identities for a range of startup and corporate clients in a 120-hour contract with Paint&Brush.

 

Through my position with Paint&Brush, I have gained invaluable experience of being independently responsible for entire visual identities of clients such as Wise.ly, which entrusted us as a $500k, 3-man startup, and after designing a new brand identity, secured $15m in Series A funding. A notable project was the website design overhaul of health.shop, which received an entirely new bespoke supplement store and knowledge article base integration, of which I was the visual architect. The shop grew its monthly sales from £45k to £175k within 3 months. I have performed over £150k of freelance projects on the Upwork platform, maintaining a 95%+ 5* (maximum) rating. More importantly, I have maintained a 100% on-budget and on-schedule rate for all projects at Paint&Brush, while maintaining a network of satisfied freelance clients, therefore you needn’t worry about possible clash of responsibilities. 

 

My breadth of experience and various avenues in which I secure work has given me such a wide spectrum of experiences I am confident in tackling challenges of all scales at nHance Studios. From a quick fix to a whole visual identity overhaul, I have a proven track record of delivering both on time and to requirements.

 

Please find a PDF of my portfolio attached, and additional work in the Behance profile. I would be glad to set a call or a meeting in the next week to tell you more about the results those projects secured.

 

Best Regards,

Eleanor Hawkins

 

This is a rough stock file for a graphic design cover letter. Follow the steps below to craft your own. Here's how to structure a cover letter

 

1. Start with a proper header and salutation

 

Most CVs sent to these jobs will have an artistic twist to them, some of which will impress with clever, simple and efficient design—others over-complicated and destined only to be the object of ponderment of a baffled project manager.

 

The portfolios will also speak for themselves. The work within, and the way you structure it both speak volumes about you. However, that’s all subjective. Let’s not complicate the graphic design cover letter. Use a simple cover letter template, follow the business letter format and include objective results, and you’re sure to get to interview.

 

Your contact details should be aligned to the right. Don’t forget your portfolio links, such as Behance or your website. The hiring person’s details should be aligned to the left below (if you don’t know them, you can use ‘Dear Hiring Manager’). Include a date, the subject (the position you’re applying for) and start your cover letter with a first-name salutation.

 

Check against the graphic design cover letter example:

 

Graphic designer cover letter—header

 

Eleanor Hawkins

39 Abbey Row

Nunney

BA11 3XH

070 6616 2233

eleanor@hawkins.com

behance.com/eleanorhaw

 

Lucy Green

Project Manager

nHance Studios

1 Hackney Road

London

E1 3NS

 

May 30, 2021

 

Dear Lucy,

 

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2. Start your graphic design cover letter with a hook

 

Any project manager worth their salt will tell you the same thing. It doesn’t matter if you like it. It doesn’t matter if I like it. It only matters that the client is happy. It is imperative that their requests are fulfilled, and it is within their time and money expectation.

 

This is why your cover letter should include data-driven points to illustrate the volume, rate and speed at which you can complete work, and what results have you historically contributed to with your design. 

 

Right away, state your experience (years and value of projects being good metrics), and demonstrate that you can handle their most important priority. Scour the job ad to determine what that is, and display evidence that you can handle it with ease.

 

This opener should end up between 40 and 80 words.

 

Graphic design cover letter—opening example

 

Having 6+ years of agency and freelance experience as a Graphic Designer, and over £500k of completed projects, I am ready to adapt to the challenge at nHance Studios. I thrive in a fast-paced environment, consistently delivering up to 25+ minor tasks a day for freelance clients, while working on conceptualising and implementing website design, app UI and complete brand identities for a range of startup and corporate clients in a 120-hour contract with Paint&Brush.

 

3. Show experience in the second paragraph of your graphic design cover letter

 

Don’t lose your reader by discussing your influences, preferences, likes, dislikes, opinions or style. These are all interview-stage topics that will help you and the employer both work out whether you’re right for each other.

 

For now, you’re trying to get there. The best way to do that is to focus on the results, not the substance of your work. What impact or contribution did you make to your company’s or client’s progress with your work?

 

Focusing on this is the best way of allowing the prospective employer to imagine how you will slot into their team and what kind of results you will produce. The word count should end up somewhere between 120 and 200 words.

 

Graphic design cover letter example—main paragraph

 

Through my position with Paint&Brush, I have gained invaluable experience of being independently responsible for entire visual identities of clients such as Wise.ly, which entrusted us as a $500k, 3-man startup, and after designing a new brand identity, secured $15m in Series A funding. A notable project was the website design overhaul of health.shop, which received an entirely new bespoke supplement store and knowledge article base integration, of which I was the visual architect. The shop grew its monthly sales from £45k to £175k within 3 months. I have performed over £150k of freelance projects on the Upwork platform, maintaining a 95%+ 5* (maximum) rating. More importantly, I have maintained a 100% on-budget and on-schedule rate for all projects at Paint&Brush, while maintaining a network of satisfied freelance clients, therefore you needn’t worry about possible clash of responsibilities. 

 

4. End your graphic design cover letter with a call to action

 

Add another short paragraph for typing loose ends and summing up how your experience will—not can—benefit your new employer. Use 60-80 words to make your final argument for your suitability.

 

Ask for a call or a meeting to discuss an achievement or your portfolio, and close your cover letter formally, with ‘Best regards’.

 

Graphic design cover letter—closing example

 

My wide spectrum of experience means that whatever is needed at nHance Studions, from a quick fix to a whole visual identity overhaul, you can trust my proven track record of delivering both on time and to requirements.

 

Please find a PDF of my portfolio attached, and additional work in the Behance profile. I would be glad to set a call or a meeting in the next week to tell you more about the results those projects secured.

 

Best Regards,

Eleanor Hawkins

 

5. Use a standard graphic designer cover letter format

 

The cover letter needs to be a certain length, so you’re limited in the artistic spin you could put on this document—save that for the CV and portfolio if you must. To convey the maximum amount of information, follow the classic cover letter format

 

Graphic design cover letter length rules

 

Your cover letter should be short and consist of: 

  • 200 — 350 words total
  • Strictly limited to 1 page of A4
  • 1st paragraph—40-80 words
  • 2nd paragraph—120-200 words
  • Closing paragraph—60-80 words

 

Match the CV format

 

Make sure your fonts and general style of your graphic designer CV, cover letter and portfolio match. It would be difficult to trust a designer who can’t even make up his own visual identity.

 

Use an easy-to-read font

 

Choose an elegant but simple font in a 10-12 size. Readability is of far more importance here than novelty, or standing out.

 

Use even margins and white space

 

For a neat cover letter layout, use 1-inch margins on all sides. Space out sections and paragraphs with white space. If there is a block of text offending your aesthetic senses, consider some bullet points for your key achievements. 

 

One cover letter for one job

 

There aren’t that many dream jobs going. There will be a few companies where you’ll really want to work. There will be several companies where you’ll really enjoy working. Those may not necessarily be the same place. Do thorough research to save your time, and theirs.

 

The best graphic design jobs appear on the Design Jobs Board, and you should then use the employer sites to learn more about them, and display genuine interest in their company or project in your cover letter.

 

Once you have a good understanding of each place, craft each cover letter exactly to their requirements, and focus the experience you discuss on the type of projects they’re going to be handling.

 

Save as PDF, unless...

 

With larger companies and corporations, check that they don’t request a cover letter in *.doc format for their applicant tracking software. Otherwise, save in *.pdf to protect the formatting.

 

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