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Monday, 2 February 2009


I know, sorry about the rather negative title, but I was wondering what's worrying Designers right now? If you're in work, what are the main issues affecting you right now, and how has the downturn affected the company you work for?
If you're out of work, what obstacles are you coming up against, if any?

From the responses we receive, we'll post some general advice on the topics you've mentioned...

Don't worry - happier subject matters to come! :)



  1. Hi Steph,

    One thing that is worrying me as a freelance designer at present is A) finding more work B) freelance design rates , what is the going rate C) Getting paid when everyone around you is going into administration.

    I am thinking of placing an advert in drapers but its very expensive and I don't know if it would be worth me doing this at present.


  2. Hi there,

    First and foremost, I wouldn't recommend placing an ad in Drapers - for one thing, you're right - it is mega expensive - you're talking at least £800 - 1000 for a half decent ad. Two - some fashion companies don't even read Drapers anymore, as they think it's too old fashioned and more focused towards stores - I know for a fact that Top Shop don't subscribe to it. There are lots of other things you could do to expand your network. Apart from Coroflot, are you on any of the other sites where you can create a similar profile? Good ones to try are www.thefashionindustrynetwork.com
    www.fashioncontest.co.uk and www.nineteen74.com as well as www.carbonmade.com
    Also, are you on Linkedin and have you joined the professional fashion groups on there?
    Instead of the traditional advertising routes that most companies used to use - Drapers, Retail Choice, etc - most clients will be using less expensive options to advertise roles - on Nineteen74 jobs can be advertised for free - so take a look at all the job boards on these sites.

    Regarding being paid - this is a tricky subject, especially in these difficult times, as like you say, so many companies are going into administration, and you have no guarantee of being paid for the work you have done. The things you can do to minimize your chances of being caught out are: when beginning a new project state that you want to be paid on a weekly basis instead of monthly, which will cut down on the amount you lose, should the worst happen. Also ask if you can be paid via BACS - direct transfer into your account - instead of cheque (therefore cutting down on 'the cheque's in the post' nonsense! - or of it bouncing!). If you are upfront about these requirements at the beginning of the project, you will get an indication of whether they client is legit and financially sound - if they say no, they should have a good reason - or are they trying to hide something, ie they want the work done for free??

    Freelance rates - again, slightly tricky to pinpoint in the current market, as so there is such a discrepancy from project to project and client to client. Generally, anything between £200 - 300 per day would be average for someone with approx 5 - 10 years of solid industry experience, however it is advisable to be very open to negotiation right now, as so many people are going for the same roles. That's not to say that you should take anything - but be sensible about what you really can accept for each job. There's a good website to work out how much your day rate should be, but can't think of it right now - I'll post the details in sec.
    Hope this helps.
    If anyone needs more info or advice, post a comment!



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