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Hey designers, I am being hired to do a project for a school district and they are paying me with a Purchase Order. This is part of my initial deposit and I wanted to know if this is a legit way of paying me? I won't get the money for 30days? And do I have
to worry about them canelling the the purchase order payment if I start sending then sketches or early samples and they do not like what they are seeing? I usually like to get a deposit payment (real money) before I start working on any project. Any issues
I may face with getting payment from a Purchase Orders? Thanks in advance for any feedback!
Hopfully, you got paid David. Remember, if they cancel they can't use any of the work you completed - and they still owe you for starting. It's a totally legit way to pay you - you just have to agree to the terms. Having said that wait the the 30 days
before you do any work - if you are a new designer you may want to take the risk of starting without acutally having the money in hand. I would not recomend it - but I would have done it in the early years :) Sounds like a credible account - your call.
Experience will get you more work so balance your risk/reward.
First of al, lovely profile picture. Secondly, if this is a legitimate school district it does feel odd that you'd be paid with a purchase order. It would hinge on whose name is on that purchase order and how well you know the signer. Not getting paid for
30 days is typical for school (and government) employees, and if it's a large enough amount cover the work reasonably I'd be fine with that and just make it clear that work would begin when payment clears. I don't work on spec and no one should under any circumstances;
and this is how we train those unfamiliar with creative industries such as web design to value the work and value the worker.
Personally, I would take it, thank them wholeheartedly (I mean a school district is huge fish to net), but I'd make clear that due to overhead and business bookkeeping practices and (hopefully) your contract, work can't begin until payment is rendered and
cleared. Once payment clears, it's on.
I wish AIGA would create and sponsor a match.com like website for creative thinkers to form professional partnerships. It's not LinkedIn or the TED site or a blog. Any thoughts?
Do those of you single member firms find that it is more advantageous to have an office space? Do you think it builds credibility and is easier to get clients?
After two highly successful years with Gresham, Smith and Partners, the I Like Design competition has packed its bags and is headed to the Big Apple!
That's right, this year ILD has relocated to New York City and we are proud to say that the 2013-2014 winner will receive a paid internship with
ICRAVE in Manhattan, as well as paid housing costs for the summer. That means one lucky student will get the chance to live and work in the place where if you make it there, well, you know…
ICRAVE has developed a one-stage ideas competition open to any full-time student enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate program in the U.S., with a strong interest in experiential design. Submissions can have an overall emphasis on design/architecture/interior,
but ICRAVE is interested in all areas of exploration as long as the conceptual thinking and ideas are strong and unique.
So without further ado, here are this year’s contest details. You can enter by clicking the “submit” button below. Get your entries in by midnight on Monday, March 10, 2014!
Dear fellow graphic design educators,
AIA (architecture) has one. As does CIDA (interior design). ITAA (apparel design), with only 800 members, has multiple. And IDSA (product/industrial design) gives one too.
These design organizations, peers of the AIGA, give their educators an annual award for excellence in teaching and scholarship. We should do the same.
Well over two years ago I approached the AIGA Design Educators Committee with an idea for creating a national graphic design educators award to acknowledge graphic design faculty for their teaching, research, creative practice and service
to the discipline.
While the AIGA has awarded its Medal to full-time educators (Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Meredith Davis and a few others), the vast majority of recipients have received it for their contributions to professional practice, and that’s as
it should be. The educator award would not replace or compete with the AIGA Medal or Fellow Award, nor would recipients of one be excluded from receiving the other.
I believe though that graphic design educators should be recognized annually with a specific award, reflecting AIGA’s large educational membership (students and faculty) and the maturation of graphic design from a service-oriented profession
to a full-fledged discipline, inclusive of social, cultural, critical and theoretical aspects.
The award could consist of three sub-awards, honoring faculty for particular achievements in teaching, scholarship and service, and acknowledging excellence, innovation, creativity and impact in graphic design education. A panel of AIGA design
educators and professionals would review nominations annually and make recommendations to the AIGA Board for a final decision. Concerns about how this might be financed could be allayed by requiring an application fee, just as the AIGA 50 Books Competition
charges $45 per book.
In a November 13, 2012 email to me regarding the proposal, former AIGA president Doug Powell laid out a timeline of approval processes over the year 2013, aiming toward a spring 2014 launch. He stated, of his and AIGA executive director Ric
Grefé’s, thoughts: “We are both very enthusiastic about this possibility….”
Apparently, the AIGA DEC has been working on this proposal, but I’m not sure it’s as far along as one might hope. Both the DEC and the AIGA presidency have different people involved since earlier interest. Perhaps more support from rank and
file members would help propel the concept of a national graphic design education award towards being a reality.
Please join me in encouraging the DEC and AIGA leadership to act soon to make this idea an award-giving one.
Steven McCarthy, Professor
College of Design
University of Minnesota
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