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2008 AIGA|Aquent Survey of Design Salaries

Current ( 2000-2008 ) design salary ranges in the United States. It’s very helpful to know what the salary range is for graphic design and to know where you are on the spectrum.

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Request a free Creative Group 2008 Salary Guide.

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Here’s a 2007 Design Salary Survey from Coroflot.com

Comment below if you have something of interest to add on this subject.

Here’s a directory of Graphic Design studio’s. I like looking at design studio’s sites for inspiration and to judge their quality. I haven’t looked at these yet but the list is big so there should hopefully be some good one’s?

Go here and definitely show your daughters if you think it might help them. Roll over the pictures to view how they really looked. Also watch the video below the pictures (there’s also a link at the bottom of this post to this video and another) to see a time-lapsed transformation. This sort of image enhancement is done on a regular basis by most photographers. Maybe that’s why stars don’t like paparazzi so much, besides the fact that they can be real jerks and even endanger people. Unfortunately with the bombardment of media telling people what’s important seeing the truth may not have any effect. Ironic that I’m writing about this as a graphic designer but I do consider ethical responsibility very important in doing my work and deciding whether to take jobs as does the company I work for. I don’t know if enhancing someones image is unethical but the total effect that the messages in society has is not good, especially for our youth.

Apparently Dove is trying to be ethically responsible. The video is from their Campaign for Real Beauty.

Dove films: Daughters, Evolution

Dove should be proud of their stance and campaign.

I found this non profit organization (Taproot Foundation) which organizes teams of creative and technical professionals to do pro bono non profit work. They work for non profits mostly in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Boston and Seattle but it doesn’t look like you have to be in those area’s to work with them. If you have the experience they are looking for (3-5 years) you may be able to help a good cause? You will of course want to check them out yourself but from what I have seen they look to be legit. They do all the screening to qualify non profits looking for a grant.