The other day a conversation at work got me thinking about the mis-branding of drpgraphicdesign.

Just to avoid any confusion, drpgraphicdesign.com is my personal blog. I tend to stick family stuff on there, local events, pictures, recently I blogged about a friend who provides me with toad food and his amazing animal collection. I post what I’m doing, what I’m seeing, this is as much as just another stupid personal blog as it is a blog about graphic design, or any sort of attempt to grab freelance opportunities (which would also be nice). I found a mobile app that connects directly to it that I have no idea how to run so a post might be totally messed up, random or off the wall but, I do post graphic design stuff there also.

I purchased the site when developing last years best of the best ballot, as I needed a place to test the code, I thought of a domain for hours … I like blogs, and know that graphic design is a quite heavily searched term. So, I just kind of went in that direction. When you do visit the site though, it may as well be DallasPricesShit.com, or something similar.

Again, I really do appreciate all the support and love the followers, people visiting and sharing, it’s exciting and fun for me to post things and share.

1dollarimages.com is also going pretty well. No sales yet but, daily visits which is pretty cool. If you follow the blog much you’ll know that I started it to kind of get out of the depressing stock imagery scene and just create things because I want to, not for some best seller or something.

Anyhow, thank you for visiting and sharing everyone.

What Salary Does a Graphic Designer Make? | ezinearticles.com


So-you’ve decided on a career as a graphic design professional. What kind of money can you expect to make in this field? First of all, you need to look at what you’ll make when you enter the field versus what you can earn over the lifetime of your career. The American Institute of Graphic Arts found in 2008 that entry-level graphic designers earned on average $35,000 annually, while senior designers having experience and supervisory duties averaged $60,000. Those graphic designers who were creative heads of departments, owned their own designing firms or were partners at designing firms enjoyed salaries of around $95,000 a year.

According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in May 2008 graphic designers made an overall average of $42,400 a year– the lowest-paid 10 percent of graphic designers earned a salary of less than $26,110 annually, while those in the highest-paid 10 percent earned more than $76,660. After considering entry-level versus experienced graphic designers, there are salary differences depending on the industry employed in. Among the five industries employing the highest numbers of graphic designers, computer systems design and related services paid the best at $47,860 yearly on average, and printing and related support activities the least at $36,100 yearly on average.

College education, specifically a degree, has a marked effect on the amount of money a designer can earn. A degree of Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Graphic Design enables a designer to have a median salary of $36,074; earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree gives one a slighter edge of $41,260.

Where you work as a graphic design professional makes a difference in salary, too. According to payscale.com, the average yearly salary for a graphic designer in San Francisco is about $52,000; the next best city to work in is Seattle-the average yearly salary for graphic designers in that city is about $47,000. Other cities that offer good salaries for graphic designers are New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and Dallas. And as far as working for a small firm or a large company, when it comes to a graphic designer’s salary, it’s better to work for the “big guy”: those in firms employing less than 10 people earn a little over $35,000 average annual salary, while those working in large companies with 50,000 or more employees see an increase to over $53,000 yearly.

So—how does all this stack up against the average American worker? According to the 2007 findings of the United States Census Bureau, the average salary in the United States is around $81,000 a year, taking into account all types of jobs and experience. If you are a designer with a college degree who has put in several years in a large company, or has successfully created your own design business, you could meet or exceed that average. The future for designers seems to have the opportunity for growth and advancement, especially for those who consistently improve their technological skills and keep their fingers on the pulse of society’s needs and wants. For graphic designers, especially, staying power equals earning power.

Find tips for picking the best graphic design schools. Read articles at http://www.graphicdesignersalarydata.com/ on how to select a school that fits your needs and what you are looking for in this career. Learn about how long the programs are and the classes you will be taking.

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Trust me, you’re not a graphic designer | Small Biz Buzz

Jul 17, 2013

Trust me, you’re not a graphic designer

By: Mary Ann Henker

(Unless you are. In which case we retract our previous statement.)

What we are saying is that many people overlook the importance of hiring a professional graphic designer because they have the opinion that graphic design seems relatively simple, especially with so many off-the-shelf design templates available.

In reality, professional graphic designers are highly trained and educated artists who generally have a fine arts degree or other exceptional art background or skill, and they combine their gift of being an artist with an understanding of how to use the power of extremely advanced software to create visual brilliance.

As a marketing firm, we only partner with professional graphic designers and, we might add, designers that are highly exceptional and award-winning in their field.

As an analogy, we honor the graphic design industry the same way we would honor, say, the medical industry. We are not medical professionals but as individuals in our respective personal lives we are all guilty of self-diagnosing, diagnosing a friend, etc., because we play a doctor on the Internet. It is the same with graphic design: We all use off-the-shelf templates for various projects because the fact is, there is some pretty cool stuff out there.

But just because we can create a pretty decent-looking brochure using one of these templates, graphic designers we are not. Essentially, we are painting by numbers when using those programs, whereas a graphic designer has the capability to create the original art and template that we would use.

So why don’t more small businesses work with graphic designers? We believe it is twofold. First, not all business owners fully understand what a true professional graphic designer represents. Second, graphic design can be expensive. However, as with many things in life, you get what you pay for. Sure, I can go rent a reasonably priced carpet cleaner down at the local grocery store, but my carpet won’t look as fabulous and stay as clean as if I retained a professional carpet cleaning company. We all need to make choices, and oftentimes budget dictates that corners be cut. However, when it comes to establishing, maintaining and preserving your brand, connecting with a professional graphic designer will be money well spent.

For example, a professional graphic designer will be able to make your ad aesthetically pleasing, your social media sites eye-catching and your logo indicative of a strong brand, all while providing for a cohesive and professional look.

Ask yourself the following questions to determine if a prospective graphic designer is right for you:

Do I love this graphic designer’s portfolio?

Do I feel like this graphic designer will take the time to get to know my company, my brand and me?

Is this graphic designer someone I would like to form a long-term relationship with?

Does this graphic designer have time for my project(s) in his current production schedule, and can he meet my deadlines?

If the answers to these questions are yes, it’s probably a good fit!

So while hiring a professional graphic designer might require you to add a new line item in your budget, the investment is truly worth it. g


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