Membership in the Graphic Artists Guild
You are invited to join the Graphic Artists Guild. Here you will be a part of a community of communication design and illustration professionals of all disciplines interested in their own career development, skills enhancement, and industry knowledge. You’ll also be joining an organization that works with you to protect and advance your career by advocating for fair treatment and delivering practical advice.
Here’s what you’ll get as a Member of the Graphic Artists Guild:
Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines
The Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines is the industry bible for communication design and illustration professionals. The current edition continues the tradition with new information, listings and pricing guidelines. It provides tips on how to negotiate the best deals and pricing guidelines, and includes sample contracts. For communication design and illustration professionals, there is no more comprehensive and informative resource.
Creative Professional Webinars
The Creative Professional Webinars are developed to enhance your creative practice and grow your client list. They are free to members. Our webinars bring you the knowledge of thought leaders across all creative disciplines. There are approximately 15 webinars scheduled per year. All webinars are archived two weeks after they occur, and are then available for playback any time as one of many benefits of membership in the Graphic Artists Guild. Members can view archived webinars by signing in and following the link to the selected webinar.
Past webinars include:
Legal Rights and Issues
Presenter: Linda Joy Kattwinkel
Join copyright, trademark, and art law attorney Linda Joy Kattwinkel as she answers some of the most common yet complex questions that surface for creatives almost daily. In fact, you are invited to submit your questions prior to the event to help guide the dialogue. Guild members can access the archived webinar by signing in.
How to Be a Hired Gun: Creating Long-Term Client Relationships
Presenter: Von Glitschka, Illustrative Designer
Turn short-term clients into long-term partners and build a revenue foundation for your growing creative professional services business. Guild members can access the archived webinar by signing in.
Your member portfolio allows you to gain exposure to potential clients. As a Professional Guild member, you are entitled to a portfolio page that is sortable by discipline (choose up to three categories). Post your three favorite pieces to share with the world.
Associate and Student level Guild members are entitled to a portfolio page that is listed under the Associates Category, where you can post one image.
Members: sign in to Member Central (at the top right of the website) to set up your portfolio.
Industry News and Insights
Information is power, and the Graphic Artists Guild remains at the forefront of knowledge about one of the most exciting and fast-paced career choices. Communication design and illustration professionals who join the Graphic Artists Guild stay informed about the types of skills that are necessary to be a successful creative professional in today’s world. They also gain an informed opinion about important and relevant issues, such as copyright law, legislative initiatives, and how to protect their careers and their work. The Guild produces webinars (free for members), monthly e-newsletters, a blog with leading industry professionals as contributors, and more.
What do you need? Art and design supplies, books and magazines, online marketing services to thousands of art buyers, new software? Our list of professional discounts keeps on growin. If you don’t see something you would like, let us know and we’ll see what we can do!
Members can sign in to view the discount codes.
Legal Referral Network
The Guild’s Legal Referral Network consists of attorneys from around the United States with special expertise in the areas most valuable to our members: copyright and intellectual property, contract negotiations, Internet issues, licensing, royalties, and collections. As Associate Members of the Guild, they are informed of developments within the Guild and conversant with the issues concerning our members. A copy of the Network is available in both print and electronic versions. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request either a printed copy or an e-mailed file.
Note: We suggest that you discuss fees with the attorney before you accept advice or assistance. Only you can decide if the attorney is appropriate for your situation. The Guild will not interfere in the attorney/client relationship and cannot be held responsible for the referral or for any fees incurred.
Promote, Negotiate and Make Money:
Essential Business Practices for Today's Creative Professional
To receive a FREE download of "Promote, Negotiate and Make Money: Essential Business Practices for Today's Creative Professional", kindly provide your email information below. By signing up you will receive our monthly newsletter and occasional e-mails about our advocacy work. You will have the option to opt out at any time.
More Member Benefits
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Sign in to set up your professional portfolio.
View Member Portfolios
Professional Webinar Series
The Creative Professional Webinars are developed to enhance your creative practice and grow your client list. All webinars are free for members, and are archived for playback any time as one of many benefits of membership in the Graphic Artists Guild.
Members can view the archived webinars by signing in.