Lets talk about the fake diversity culture in advertising: I’m a woman of color who fell into the agency world via a jr designer position posted on craigslist in 2011. I’ve always felt like an intruder in a white mans world no matter how ‘nice’ everyone was. From then til now Ive watched clients call for an ‘attractive white women’ model shift to ‘racially ambiguous models’ and seen copy voice / tone change to ‘sound less white’. BUT nothing has bothered me more than this. Thoughts???

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Ah, the coveted Verbal Designer role. Not sure what that means, but hey, thought somebody might find it useful.

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I guess this is the new normal as far as design jobs go, in a world where having a team of specialized creatives is just too expensive? I'm a junior designer and this is an "entry level" position, but no entry-level designer has enough experience in all of these things to be considered "expert" or "strong" in all of them. Feels bad, man. I used to consider myself a generalist until I realized that I'm not really a designer until I've done UI/UX and video/motion graphics too.

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Ad agency designer desperately looking for an out but I have a possible new job opportunity. Here is my dilemma: Pros.... more money, no crazy client demands, pitches or decks or even prospective clients that will go nowhere (in-house), better benefits Cons.... this is a big one - it’s healthcare I’ve been at agencies with a range of clients for the past few years. Career suicide taking an in-house healthcare job? Especially if role focuses more on growth & performance over design?

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Any tips for going from Designer to Art Director? I keep getting feedback that I have a designers portfolio. I have 10 years experience as a designer. I’m stronger conceptually and I want my next role to be in Art Direction. I’ve considered portfolio school but I don’t want to take 2 year off of working. Thoughts? (Currently unemployed)

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We’re truly lucky to be hiring right now at a time that is so uncertain. We’re looking for: Senior Designer (graphic design/typography/brand identity/design systems/OOH/print/editorial. 4-5 years)

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I applied for a FT position as an email designer. I have provided numerous examples of past emailers I have designed. Company still wants me to design 2 emailers for a client they currently have as a design test (initially they asked for 4!). Is this a red flag? Should I refuse to do the test?

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From your perspective as <your role>, what makes a great graphic designer and what do they do?

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I'm a former senior designer who decided to apply for an ACD role cause fuck it. Potential offer of 130k. Is that reasonable given that I have no exp as an ACD?

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I’m a designer trying to be an art director(for a change of pace). I’m not sure I want to do creative things at all anymore though. Has anyone here switched to a non-creative role, job, or career?

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I want to become a Service Designer but heard the average position pays 80k. Is that our collective experience? Pls illuminate me

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I’ve been helping my girlfriend with job hunting for entry level graphic designer roles. It’s been rough with media companies experiencing hiring freezes. So I was wondering if anyone has any tips for getting your foot in the door for this type of role?

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hi, I‘m a Marketing & Advertising graduate looking for a creative position. my absolute goal is being a CD in the distant future. i was thinking how to approach this and decided to look for copywriting positions. however, i‘m self taught in Photoshop and Illustrator and I mostly enjoy doing the visual concept creation but i am nowhere near a graphic designer skill wise. so yeah, this is the dilemma and i‘m looking for any constructive advice and what you would do if you were in my shoes.

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One of my friend wants to do more creative work but doesn’t have a college degree. Is it hard to get a graphic designer role? Will her portfolio be sufficient?

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Has anyone ever taken a role that is a level or two below? I’d like to go back to a Sr. Designer role and is fine with a pay cut. Does that make me less attractive or more attractive as candidate?

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Is it hard to switch from Designer to Art Director? I just got offered a Junior Designer role and don’t know if this will mess up my chances of being an Art Director down the line

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How would you describe the difference between a production designer role and a graphic designer role? Interviewed for a design job that ended up being more production based and kind of disappointed.

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Not seeing many openings for junior ADs at the moment, which is understandable. So I’ve been wondering if I could potentially pivot to land a different role for the time being. Some of these roles I’m considering are: Multimedia Designer Designer Video Editor Photo Editor Should I be marketing myself as a junior AD with these skills and apply for different roles? How should I be marketing myself for something like this? Looking to pick up freelance, side projects, and potentially full time.

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What’s reasonable/competitive compensation for a smaller agency senior designer position (city, but not LA/NY)?

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I’m a designer currently at an advertising agency who wants to transition to a design research/UX role. How do I show that in my portfolio? (Most of work is from ad agency)

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Help please! 10yr agency vet, 8 months into my first client side role. How do I convince my leadership team that a Graphic Designer and Art Director are two very different jobs? (Cont.)

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Looking for a Talented Digital Designer who doesn't bitch about creating kick-ass Creatively driven Presentations as 60% of their role. Will do other creative as well. $70-$80K. If you love MMA / sports, even better. Serious inquiries pls. hit me here with contact info for a JD.

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Art director curious about the transition from advertising to branding and a true designer role. Any tips / thoughts / opinions? Grad school? Any expertise, experiences, or opinions appreciated 🙏🏼

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Young founding designer at a tech startup. 2nd design role. 8 months in. Wearing multiple hats atm. Curious whats something you have done(or wish youve done) early in your career that served you well?

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We are hiring a junior designer and not getting a lot of BIPOC in the folio-pool. Anyone know any resources I can go to find more diverse talent?

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What are some great interview questions I can prepare for ?? if the position is a big designer role. I’m very nervous and I want to do great with any interview I do.

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Any advice for a designer trying to pivot into a marketing role? I’m from a boutique agency with 6 creatives. So I’ve definitely rolled up my sleeves to launch a few campaigns. Not just the visuals, but selecting tactics, building out the campaigns, and working in marketing automation platforms.

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Looking to make the jump from agency to brand side at a large holding company. The position is titled designer but my experience is reflective of strong ad/senior ad. Could anyone provide a salary range of what that might look like? Also any advice when negotiating while making that jump? Thanks in advance 🐠

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Any PM coming from a design background? Do you miss design craft? Any advice for a fellow designer considering PM role?

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ADs/DESIGNERS: Im a young designer with aspirations to art direct shoots, editorial stuff if possible. Im currently in a position that’s heavily production and only a bit of design direction(1/2)

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Art director curious about the transition from advertising to branding and a true designer role. Any tips / thoughts / opinions? Grad school? Any expertise, experiences, or opinions appreciated 🙏🏼

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We are hiring a contract junior designer atm and I want to diversify the talent pool so if you are/or know any BIPOC designers plz dm folios/deets!

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Looking for another AD position but agencies only want to hire me as a graphic designer... is my shit that bad or do agencies just need bodies right now? Hah

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I’m currently on the hunt for Sr. AD roles. I just got a recruiter reaching out from an industry i’m interested in for a short-term contract senior designer role. Is it a bad idea to pursue it?

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Have any art directors ever felt stuck between loving what you do, but also wanting to focus a bit more on your design practice? Not sure if im feeling burnt out or what, but I keep thinking about what it could be like to go back to a designer position

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I’ve got an interview for a UI designer position on Tuesday and meeting with the senior developer first. What can I expect from this first round? It’s been so long since I’ve interviewed

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I’m transitioning into a role where I’ll be more hands on in production. Previously, the producers handled the budget, contracts etc. I haven’t done this in a long while so I hope I could get some answers here to be more prepared This is a much smaller company so I imagine I’ll have to take on some of that eventually. What are the standard day rates today for a stylist, photographer, Director, DP, set designer, prop stylist? Are there resources out there I can just look up?

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