Are you paid enough as a designer? How many of your peers received a pay rise this year (and why)? What's the pay like on the next rung of the career ladder? And where are the best-paid cities around the world to be a designer?
This month Computer Arts has tackled the tricky issue of cold, hard cash head-on with a special money issue. On sale now, it's packed with top advice for negotiating the salary you deserve, and reveals the design skills that really sell.
To help arm you with all the facts, you'll also get a free download of the results of Computer Arts' exclusive Creative Salary Survey 2015 – complete with stunning infographics that illustrate the results.
Of course, it's not all about salaries. This month's special report reveals how leading studios approach the dark art of budgeting to ensure they wring the maximum possible creative impact from every client's available cash. Find out how they spend smarter, while still making the right amount of profit.
There's even a handy guide to all the best tools, services and utilities on offer for keeping track of your bottom-line and, crucially, staying on top of cashflow.
Turn creativity into cash
That's not all. This issue, a top London-based illustrator offers his freelance strategy for survival in the face of late-paying clients, while YouWorkForThem's Michael Paul Young laments the mainstream trend of selling font bundles at massively cut-down prices.
Also, follow GBH's Dave Wood in the print execution of Arsenal FC and Puma's 2014-15 kit launch, and talented design director GMUNK talks light manipulation, stylized environments and winning work with his favourite DJ.
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Inside CA's special money issue…
- Spend smarter: discover the key financial lessons that successful studios had to learn to turn creativity into cash
- Get on top of your cash-flow: all the tools, services and utilities you need to master your budgeting, from time management to workflow
- Mr Bingo chats about his crazy Kickstarter, plus a root around illustrator Steve Simpson's studio
- Expert invoicing tips
- Talented design director Gmunk talks light manipulation and stylized environments
- The creative duo at Studio Yukiko discuss why they upped sticks from Brighton to found a studio in Berlin
- YouWorkForthem's Michael Paul Young laments the mainstream trend of selling font bundles at massively cut-down prices
- London-based illustrator Ben Tallon offers his freelance strategy for survival in the face of late-paying clients
- Behind the scenes on a bold rebrand to put cancer researchers out of a job, some summer-inspired drink/drive posters, plus a 360-degree installation in a dome
- Video walk-through: follow GBH's Dave Wood in the print execution of Arsenal FC and Puma's 2014-15 kit launch
- The world's best new graphic design, illustration and motion graphics work
- And much, much more...