Research from the Office for National Statistics has shown that full-time graphic designers earn on average £25,900 annually, which is less than musicians, journalists and architects.
Design Week’s biggest business stories of 2017
From revelations on designers’ pay and free pitching, to advice pieces on starting a studio – our most popular business stories of the last year.
Offthetopofmyhead founder and creative director John Spencer considers the tensions between designers and strategists and why they ought to get along better.
The sale of the independent brand consultancy will see it retain its creative independence and management, while it has also revealed plans to expand to Shanghai.
As part of a special focus on freelance designers, we share advice from industry figures such as Emily Forgot and Ben Tallon on how to be successful as a freelancer.
Sean O’Connor, partner at Smart Design, looks at why more and more companies are integrating design into their businesses through buying consultancies or investing in in-house teams, and weighs up
The What Clients Think 2017 report surveys over 450 design clients, and shows that while the majority do not expect to pay for pitches, nearly 90% see design as important to
The DBA’s Annual Survey of over 150 businesses has shown that, while income and staff employment is on the up, clients are underpaying for design services.
The Graphic Design Portfolio Masterclass, organised by creative jobs site and networking platform The Dots, took place this month – we speak to Pentagram, Studio Moross, Jones
The book has been written by entrepreneur Steve Vassallo to help guide designers in setting up their own businesses, and also teach start-ups and big companies how to value design.
Trainer and coach John Scarrott turns his attention to effective pitching in the latest chapter of his assumptions series.
Last week, London Design Festival’s organisers revealed the details of a new exhibition exploring the art of the designer-client relationship. We ask designers about their most difficult experiences with
They will become part of one as-yet-unnamed consultancy, which will also include Addison Group and VBAT.
Communications coach John Scarrott runs through the traps that creative directors and account managers should avoid when leading presentations, and how they can make a positive impression on their audience.
Following on from looking at assumptions around presentations, selling and pitching, in this final piece in his series, trainer and coach John Scarrott highlights some of the assumptions designers make
Last week, we discovered that graphic designers get paid £3,000 less than the average UK salary. So what can they do to fill their pockets more sufficiently? Designers offer
Last week, the DBA released a report that revealed clients underpay for projects and designers still “work for free on Fridays”. We asked designers about their opinions on slogging
This month, we wrote about a new book that looks to teach designers about starting off as business-owners. Now, we ask studio founders to offer their wisdom to other
The latest in his series on assumptions,trainer and coach John Scarrott considers potential pitfalls and how designers can sell their services more successfully.
Research from accountancy firm Kingston Smith shows that the design sector has been more financially successful than last year, with a 5% increase in gross income.
The Designing a Future Economy report looks at how different occupations use design skills and the positive impact this makes on the UK more generally.