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Shillington Design Blog by Adam Dudd - 16h ago

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Shillington students from around the world share the work of creatives who inspire them in the #ILoveTheseGuys series. In this post, Sydney graduate Laura Tournier highlights projects from the French brand design studio Brand Brothers.

Brand Brothers is a French design studio specialised in visual identity and branding. I love their use of typography, colour and simple geometric shapes to create engaging visual identities. They establish strong and effective brand strategies and identities for a variety of businesses.

Aktuel, rental company for events

L’Atelier Shelter, a lifestyle brand for bearded men

Ylo, traditional natural medicine by Phyto-acupression

Pimp My Team Office for stunning goods

Pimp My Team type

Diatly, e-commerce facilitator

Want to discover more studios and creatives from around the world? Check out our previous #ILoveTheseGuys posts.

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Jess White was working an administrative job at a Primary School, but as a creative person—she knew she wanted a more fulfilling career—dabbling in photography and other artistic pursuits during her free time. After friends “sang the praises” of Shillington, she signed up for our three month graphic design course in Brisbane and completely changed careers. Nowadays Jess is a Junior Graphic Designer at Just Media Design in Brisbane.

Read on to learn about her favourite student brief, her YouTube channel, how online tutorials upped her photography skills and how she landed the job at Just Media Design.

What were you up to before Shillington?

Before Shillington I had a brief stint in studying business when I’d graduated from High School because I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I quickly found out that I wasn’t passionate about it and instead got a full time job in Administration at a Primary School until I could figure out what exactly I was passionate about.

Why did you decided to study design? 

After working in Administration for a few years, I was growing restless and finding myself creatively frustrated. I’d always been a creative person but only dabbled in a few creative outlets on the side of work. I started to play around with the Adobe Suite in my free time and before I knew it, I was super intrigued by design and wanted to know more about how I could get better and turn it into a career. I have friends that had previously gone to Shillington, and they always sung its praises. I was sold pretty quickly when I knew that I could smash out the course in only 3 months!

Now you’re working as a Junior Graphic Designer at Just Media Design. Tell us how you got the job!

I’m super excited to now be working at Just Media Design in Brisbane, it’s an incredible digital marketing agency. I was fortunate enough to be good friends with the videographer who works for the company, and he let me know they were looking to hire a Graphic Designer. I got in contact with the Business Manager, told him about myself, and sent through my portfolio. We then set up a meeting, and I got the job!

We’re big fans of your photography and pretty Instagram. How did you get into photography, and how does it factor into your design work?

Thank you! Having friends that are photographers definitely helps, I’ve learnt so much from just being around them when they talk shop. I started by borrowing their equipment from time to time, before I had invested in my own camera, taking it out and just experimenting with different light and angles etc.

I also watched A LOT of YouTube tutorials to improve in any way that I could.

I’m thankful I had that photography background behind me, because since being at JMD I’ve been placed on an account that runs the social media for three major shopping centres, meaning I shoot and edit a majority of their content. It definitely pays off to have experience in different creative industries!

You’re also a vlogger! How did you get started on that?

Yes! When I have the time. I started my YouTube channel after High School as a creative outlet, so I could play around with video editing software. It started out as just challenges with friends (pretty cringe) but then it evolved to fashion editorial type videos, that’s when I really started to have fun with video editing and videography.

Which video is a much-watch to capture the vibe of your channel? 

If you want to catch the vibe for my channel, I would recommend this one:

SSFJ // merch drop - YouTube

It was a merch promo vid I did for Hope Centre in my Pre-Shillington days (so go easy on my amateur design haha), but it’s one that I had a lot of fun making and similar to what I would like to continue to create.

Which video should we watch to best capture your experience at Shillington?

portfolio // college vlog. - YouTube

It’s a video where I discuss the whole process of putting my Portfolio together in the last two weeks of College – intense! I go pretty in detail about what I did in my final weeks, how I overhauled a couple of my original designs to better fit briefs from clients, how I set up my online portfolio, how my lecturers prepped me for real-life interviews, and how the graduation showcase works. Super helpful info if you’re considering studying!

Could you share the process behind your favourite project from your Shillington portfolio?

A favourite project from my portfolio would probably be the themed screening event in honour of John Hughes. For the particular brief, we had to pick a theme that captured the essence of a movie director of our choosing. Since I’m an 80s nerd, I went with the legendary John Hughes who’s known for his feel good and coming-of-age flicks. I chose ‘nostalgia’ for my theme—illustrated by exaggerated retro treatment and VHS/arcade elements.

Moodboards and movie research were my best friends for this project, and really helped me to solidify the look of my brochure that I was then able to rollout onto other collateral.

Overall, it was a really fun process.

What do you love most about working as a designer?

For me, the thing I love most about working as a designer is working in an environment with like-minded creatives.

We all work incredibly hard, but we’re passionate about what we’re doing and have fun with it!

What’s your favourite thing about being a creative on the Gold Coast?

I think the best thing about being a creative and freelancing on the Gold Coast is that there’s so much room to grow, and it has a booming cafe and boutique culture. It’s still a relatively small city in comparison to Brisbane, which means that there may not necessarily be as much immediate opportunity, but also that the market isn’t oversaturated yet.

Thanks, Jess! Be sure to visit her website to check out her full portfolio.

Do you want to become a graphic designer like Jess? Study design 3 months full-time or 9 months part-time at Shillington in New York, London, Manchester, Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane –> www.shillingtoneducation.com

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Are you getting paid correctly for the work you do, and the level of experience you have? It’s an important question, but one that too few working in graphic design ask themselves on a regular basis.

Yet there’s a lot of information out there to help you learn whether you’re being rewarded correctly. Or, if you’re about to enter the profession, what kind of entry-level graphic design salary you might expect.

At Shillington, we know a thing or two about getting graphic designers into their dream job, whether it’s their first role or they’re changing careers to follow a more creative path.

So in this article, we’ll offer you some insider advice, including some useful resources, to help you determine what the average salary of a graphic designer should be for your locality and level of experience.

Average graphic design salary ranges

There are a number of factors that influence this such as experience, job title, and location. That is what we’ll explore in this post, focusing on our campus cities in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.

  • New York City — According to Payscale in June 2019, in New York City, the average salary for junior graphic designers is $43,317 and the average salary for senior graphic designers is $71,127.
  • United Kingdom — In London, according to Indeed in June 2019, the average salary for junior graphic designers is £22,209 and the average salary for senior graphic designers is £39,968. And in Manchester, the average salary for junior graphic designers is £18,905, while the average salary for senior graphic designers is £28,937.
  • Australia — According to Indeed in June 2019, in Australia the average salary for junior designers is $48,376 and the average salary for senior graphic designers is $79,573.
Salary overview and state of the job market

The first point to make is that calculating a graphic designer salary is not an exact science.

In some professions controlled or influenced by government, such as the military, civil service, or teaching, pay bands are tightly regulated and you can be sure of what you’re going to get for a particular job.

Graphic design salaries, in contrast, are set almost entirely by the market so rates will depend on factors such as the current state of the economy, the current demand for graphic design skills, and the number of people entering the job market.

The good news, however, is that at the moment, demand for graphic designers is at an all-time high.

The increasing digitization of our society and culture means that every company is realizing it needs to be a design-led company to survive, and so the number of graphic design jobs that need filling is going up and up.

With more firms competing to hire the best graphic designers, salaries are looking generally healthy across the board, and we expect them to continue on an uphill trend. Starting salaries for first-timers compare well with other professions: for example, Payscale has the average graphic design salary for a junior in New York City as U$$44,203. Indeed has the average graphic design salary for a junior in London as £21,961. And Payscale has the average graphic design salary for a junior in Melbourne as A$41,304. Plus, nowadays, even many interns are being paid proper money while they gain work experience.

In short, any job in graphic design, even your first one, should pay enough to afford you a relatively comfortable lifestyle.

But as you progress, how do you ensure that you’re not getting short-changed by your boss?

How experience impacts graphic designer salaries

The simplest and most practical way to make sure you’re being paid the right amount for your level of experience is to compare your graphic design salary with that of other jobs being advertised. There are a huge number of job sites specializing in design on the web. Check out our list of 20 best online jobs boards for graphic designers. But to get you moving—a couple of good places to start are Behance Jobs and Dribble Jobs, which feature jobs right around the globe.

Once you start looking you’ll notice that even within your locality, the range of salaries varies widely.

And one of the main factors is the level of experience.

Graphic design jobs are normally categorized according to a few broad bands. The first, and least experienced, is a junior designer. This is a role normally filled by a designer who’s straight out of university, or a graphic design course like Shillington’s, and has no experience beyond freelancing, internships, college work, and possibly another job with a creative element, such as artworker.

A junior usually graduates to a straight ‘graphic designer’, either within the same company or by moving to a new one, within six months to two years, with a concurrent bump in salary. Also note that some of the best graduates sometimes move straight into a graphic designer role, especially if they have enhanced their training through an intensive, industry-focused course like Shillington’s.

The next rung up from graphic designer is ‘middleweight designer’. Again, it will take at least a couple of years to be considered for this position, but this level of advancement is much less about “time served” and more about what you’ve achieved.

You’ll be expected to have a killer portfolio by this stage, involving work you’ve contributed to larger campaigns, as well as responsibility for smaller campaigns of your own.

As a middleweight, you’ll still be overseen by a senior designer or art director, but you’ll operate with a large degree of autonomy and expect to interpret briefs, originate ideas and make decisions by yourself.

From here, your career path will be firmly focused on becoming a senior designer or art director, and then on to the pinnacle of being a creative director. At this point, to be honest, hard and fast rules go out of the window. No one ever gets to these stages through longevity alone.

The further up the pyramid you go, the more competition there is, and even just doing great work isn’t always enough. Making friends and influencing people, being on the right campaigns at the right time, and generally having a fair bit of luck can be as important as delivering great work. But in our experience, the most determined will always make it in the end.

How the role you’re in impacts your graphic design salary

It’s not just seniority, though, that leads pay rates to vary. The kind of design job you’re doing will also have a big impact.

As the design world has become more complex, graphic design disciplines have become increasingly specialized in recent years. Specialized types of graphic designers include:

  • UI designer: focused on designing user interfaces for apps, websites, TV services, gaming consoles. You’ll usually work with UX (user experience) designers, who help turn your designs into functional code.
  • Editorial designer: focused on designing layouts for books, magazines, newspapers, etc
  • Packaging designer: focused on creating print-ready designs for product packaging
  • Motion designer: focused on creating short, simple animations based on graphic design principles, for websites, TV idents, TV credit sequences, music videos, explainer videos and so on
  • Environmental designer: focused on graphic design for physical spaces, such as conference spaces, retail interiors, museums, public transport, and so on

The salaries for each type of designer will vary wildly, so if you’re working as an editorial designer, for example, don’t expect your salary to match that of a UI designer, as that kind of job will broadly speaking pay much more.

Now you know what to compare, the next step is to start finding comparative roles to your current (or sought-after) job, in your area, to give you an idea of what the salary should be.

Below, we list some good resources for checking graphic design salaries around the world.

Graphic design salary checkers and other resources: USA
  • Krop — Focused on creative positions across the United States.
  • AIGA design jobs — As the profession’s oldest and largest professional membership organization for design, AIGA’s jobs site is a must-visit and lists internships as well.
  • Design Observer — The design magazine founded by Jessica Helfand and Michael Bierut has an excellent jobs section, with 351 opportunities listed at the time of press.
  • Creative Hotlist — Creative Hotlist is a career site for creative professionals that allows you to showcase and browse resumes, portfolios and creative job openings.
Salary calculators and other resources: UK
  • Indeed — Jobs site Indeed has an excellent search bar to compare graphic design salaries based on job listings. Just type in ‘graphic’ and a whole host of graphic design job types pop up to choose from, so you can really drill down.
  • Totaljobs salary checker — Totaljobs’ salary calculator allows you to compare average salaries for any job or industry within any location in the UK. Just enter your job title and location and they’ll show you the average salary of a graphic designer plus the highest and lowest salaries for that position based on recent jobs adverts.
  • Salary Calculator — What will a particular salary mean in terms of actual takehome pay? This site has a number of clever calculators to help you work out what it means for your bottom line.
  • Reed’s average salary checker — Looking for an average graphic designer salary? This tool gives you an idea of how your current salary compares to similar jobs on reed.co.uk.
  • Business Insider — If you’re seeking an in-house design job, as opposed to a job at a design studio, his article from Business Insider tells you the best places to work in the UK generally.
  • Great Place to Work — Another list of the best places to work, by a company that audits the practices that create workplace culture, as well as surveying employees’ views of it.
  • Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For — A comprehensive series of lists of the best places to work in a range of different sector types.
Pay checkers and other resources: Australia
  • The Loop Salary Report — Create a graphic designer salary report by selecting a level, location, and profession for a range of creative jobs throughout Australia.
  • Living in Australia — Salary and wage information for graphic designers compiled by analysis of Australian jobs advertised in major publications.
Calculators and other resources: Global
  • Glassdoor — Another jobs site with lots of design jobs and good search functionality.
  • The Green Light — This useful resource lists companies who treat their junior workforce fairly, crowd-sourced from the interns, graduates, and juniors who have worked there.
  • Behance — Adobe’s online platform to showcase & discover creative work has a huge range of job ads for design roles around the world.
  • Dribbble — The self-promotion and networking platform for creatives is another great place to find global design jobs.

Our Shillington team is wishing you lots of luck in your job hunt and future career! We hope these resources can prove useful as you navigate your journey.

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Win a scholarship to study design at Shillington this September!

We’re offering half scholarships for our September 2019 full-time and part-time graphic design courses in New York, London, Manchester, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Winners will receive 50% off total course fees for their selected campus city. Plus, we’re also partnering with Champion to offer one full scholarship for our London Full-Time Course September 2019. One successful applicant will receive 100% off total course fees.

Half scholarships to study design at Shillington in September 2019

What are we looking for?

Your story (written answers)

  • What do you currently do? Why do you want to study design?
  • Why Shillington? What would be your dream job after graduating from Shillington?
  • Plus three silly rapid-fire questions: What’s your personal theme song? What’s your favourite brand? Who’s your dream dinner party guest, dead or alive?

Your passion for design (upload a submission)

  • We want to know why you love design, why you want to study at Shillington and why you’re a perfect choice for a half scholarship.
  • Your submission can take any form. We’ve left the requirements flexible for a reason. Surprise us!
  • Past applicants have created PowerPoint presentations, collages, short podcasts, cartoons, type experimentations, stop motion videos, poetry, Instagram accounts and more.

Extra requirements for New York applications (upload PDFs)

  • Letter of recommendation from a non-family member
  • Proof of high school diploma or GED

How does it work?

Check the website for the full terms and conditions for each campus. But here’s the gist:

  • Winners will receive a 50% reduction in total course fees for their selected campus city.
  • To accept, winners will need to officially apply via Shillington’s website and pay a $1000/£1000 deposit by 7 August 2019. Remaining half course fees must be paid by 21 August 2019.
  • Winners must have proven visa rights to study in their respective campus country. Research your potential visa options.
  • Scholarship is only available for courses starting September 2019. It is non-transferrable. There will be no refunds if winners withdraw once the course has started.

Deadline: Monday 8 July 2019 at 5:00pm

Full scholarships to study design at Shillington in September 2019

This year, we’re also partnering with Champion to offer one full scholarship for our London Full-Time Course September 2019. One successful applicant will receive 100% off total course fees. Champion is a creative enterprise with a social mission to champion young creative talent (under 25s) from disadvantaged backgrounds.

You are welcome to apply for both the half scholarship and full scholarship. If so please fill out both the full scholarship application form and the half scholarship application form.

What are we looking for?

Your story (written answers)

  • What do you currently do? Why do you want to study design?
  • Describe how you foster creativity in your everyday life.
  • Why are you the perfect choice for the Shillington & Champion full scholarship?
  • Plus, to help us understand your background, you will be asked to share your story and answer some questions e.g. Were you eligible for free school meals, pupil premium, education maintenance allowance or 16 to 19 bursary? Did you grow up in a household where no parent or guardian attended university? Did you come to the UK as a refugee or asylum seeker? Are you currently or have you been in local authority care?

Your passion for design (upload a submission)

  • We want to know why you love design, why you want to study at Shillington and why you’re a perfect choice for the scholarship.
  • Your submission can take any form. We’ve left the requirements flexible for a reason. Surprise us!
  • Past applicants have created PowerPoint presentations, collages, short podcasts, cartoons, type experimentations, stop motion videos, poetry, Instagram accounts and more.

Extra requirements

  • Applicants must be 25 years old or younger.
  • If selected for the shortlist, you will be required to attend an interview with Champion and Shillington.

How does it work?

  • If selected for the shortlist, you will be contacted for an interview between Monday 8 July 2019 — Friday 12 July 2019. Interviews will be conducted week of Monday 15 July 2019.
  • One successful applicant will receive 100% off total course fees for the London Full-Time Course September 2019.
  • Champion will make sure you have access to the software you need, a laptop to work on at home, an iPad to present your folio on, as well as a small living allowance to ensure you can fully dedicate your time to the course.
  • Successful applicant must have proven visa rights to study in their respective campus country.
  • Scholarship is only available for courses starting September 2019. It is non-transferrable.

Deadline: Monday 8 July 2019 at 5:00pm

Don’t miss your chance!

Questions? Contact us.

Papercraft artwork by Magda Ksiezak.

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