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New bill mocks being 'paid' with exposure

For some reason, unlike any other industry we know of, non-creative folk have this idea that artists and designers like to do stuff for free. Actually, we do know why, it's 'for the exposure', right? 

Wrong. It's a misconception that has plagued the design industry since the beginning of time, and one which, quite rightly, gets on every creative professional's last nerve. In fact it's a cause of such frustration that many artists over the years have used their creative prowess to express exactly how they feel about it. 

The only free work creatives should really be considering is side projects that inspire, hone skills and help make yours one of the best design portfolios (opens in new tab) going. A prime example of such work is this offering from comic artist Joey Alison Sayers (opens in new tab), with this tongue-in-cheek illustration of an 'alternative' dollar bill. 

The 'it's funny but not' currency replica replaces the original The United States of America and Federal Reserve Note text with 'The United States of Freelancio' and 'Just a piece of paper'. It also sees the removal of the Department of Treasury stamp in favour of a steaming pile of turd, leaving absolutely no doubt about how Sayers' feelings on working 'for exposure'. 

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Posted on Twitter, it's no surprise Sayers' new currency has been liked, shared and commented on by many, all of whom clearly share the same discontented feelings about being asked to work for free. 

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While we, like many, long for the day when projects like this no longer have to exist, we can't help but enjoy the fun and admire the craft and effort that has gone into this piece. Here's hoping art like this will continue to raise awareness and soon make the problem a thing of the past.

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Kerrie Hughes is Editor at Creative Bloq (currently on maternity leave). One of the original CB crew, Kerrie joined the team back in 2013 after moving from her role as staff writer on 3D World. Since then she's written regularly for other creative publications. Kerrie's work for Creative Bloq involves managing the team and the site's content, developing and maintaining commercial partnerships, and finding innovative ways to bring Creative Bloq's audience the content they're looking for.