Self-respect demands a decent fee for work

We support Jan Hildebrand’s call for print designers to unite against free-pitching (DW 6 November). – We have seen pitching from both sides, as clients in the British Council and now as designers, and we would not consider pitching for work without a fai

We support Jan Hildebrand’s call for print designers to unite against free-pitching (DW 6 November).

We have seen pitching from both sides, as clients in the British Council and now as designers, and we would not consider pitching for work without a fair fee.

We discuss fees with prospective new clients at the beginning and make it clear that all creative work must be paid for, albeit at a reduced rate for preliminary work.

When we commissioned design in the British Council we had a policy of requiring a credentials pitch only. A good commissioning client should surely have sufficient knowledge of suitable design groups to be able to draw up a short list, and be able to prepare a detailed brief to discuss with prospective designers at an interview. An agreed fee should then be paid for any further work.

Designers should have enough self-respect to expect to be paid for their work, so that clients respect them enough to pay for their professional skills.

Monica Allen,

Marsha Lebon

Allen Lebon

London W1

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