Running a design studio requires talent and knowledge that may not be your specialty. These tools should help everyone run a professional design business.
A special AIGA New York Chapter committee was created to research the issue of graphic design work and contracts. This resulted in the creation of the AIGA Standard Form of Agreement for Graphic Design Services. The contract is explained in detail in Professional Practices in Graphic Design, and is another reason every studio should have a copy.
Why hire a graphic designer? What is information design? What is the value of graphic design to business? These and other questions are answered in a unique area of the National AIGA website.
AIGA has released a series outlining the critical ethical and professional issues encountered by designers and their clients. These articles examine key concerns designers face in maintaining a successful practice and speak directly to the protection of individual rights.
AIGA members are surveyed annually and the results are compiled in this document. Information is organized by geographic region, design position, years of experience and other categories.
A professional designer adheres to principles of integrity that demonstrate respect for the profession, for colleagues, for clients, for audiences or consumers, and for society as a whole.
AIGA Philadelphia is making a concerted effort to support the ethical treatment of professional designers and students in the workplace. In an effort to achieve equitable practices, we are urging our members to pledge compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act.
AIGA believes that professional designers should be compensated fairly for their work and should negotiate the ownership or use rights of their intellectual and creative property through an engagement with clients. To that end, AIGA strongly encourages designers to enter into client projects with full engagement to show the value of their creative endeavor, and to be aware of all potential risks before entering into speculative work.
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