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The Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines

16th Edition

Available Now!

For the past 48 years, the Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines has been an indispensable resource for professionals who create graphic art and for those who buy it. As the graphic art marketplace continues to evolve to meet the needs of both digital and print media, and as artists and clients alike strive to keep up with rapidly changing technology, the need for up-to-date information on business, ethical, and legal issues is greater than ever.

While the Handbook is updated approximately every three years, the 16th edition represents the most ambitious redesign in over a decade. The content has been reorganized, topics have been expanded, and new chapters have been added to create a resource that is more relevant to how graphic artists work today:

  • More in-depth information for the self-employed on how to price work to make a sustainable living and plan for times of economic uncertainty
  • A new chapter on using skills and talents to maximize income with
    multiple revenue streams—workshops, videos, niche markets, passion projects, selling art, and much more
  • Current U.S. salary information and freelance rates by discipline
  • Pricing guidelines for buyers and sellers
  • Up-to-date copyright registration information
  • Model contracts and forms to adapt to your specific needs
  • A brand-new feature—interviews with 11 self-employed graphic artists who have created successful careers, using many of the practices found in this Handbook

Guild members will receive a copy of the 16 edition of the Handbook as a benefit of membership. Consider joining the Guild and receive your own free copy!
(The Guild doesn’t ship internationally)

cover art for the 16th edition of the Handbook

Cover art and design by Kimberly Glyder,

448 pages
Publish date: May 18, 2021
Publisher: The MIT Press

The 16th Edition is available now: