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Are you underpaid? Deserve a salary increase? Lactose intolerant? As far as I know, The Creative Group defers on digestive issues but they do provide practical advice on how to ask for a raise and that could make you feel better. See ‘Take 5 Tips’ below. — Gordon Kaye, Editor
Timothy Goodman
Timothy Goodman Makes Mischief For Brewery
Elysian Brewing Company has commissioned a series of murals as part of a national artist program called “Mischief Makers.” The brewery tapped five artists…
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The Wing
Pentagram Designs Mag for The Wing
Pentagram created the brand identity and editorial design for No Man’s Land, a magazine introduced by The Wing…
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Erickson Stock
Apple and London Symphony
Superunion Campaign for Apple, Symphony
London Symphony Orchestra and Apple are partnering to bring classical music to audiences via Apple Music…
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Jovenville’s Addictive Designs for Narcos
To promote the third season of the Netflix series Narcos, the Jovenville agency worked with production…
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Northwestern IDS
Health and Wellness Design Awards
Enter The 2018 Health + Wellness Design Awards
Early Bird Discount: July 27 … Regular Deadline: August 24
Sponsored by Erickson Stock
For five decades, GDUSA has presented competitions that focus on areas of growth and opportunity for graphic design. In 2018, that’s the perfect description of health and wellness, the fastest-growing segment of the economy…
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The Creative Group
Grassroots Graphics Help Ocasio-Cortez Win
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez leapt to fame this summer by winning the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th district…
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Portland Building
ESI Visual Identity for Historic Portland
A.E. Doyle’s POPL Building, built in 1928, has been renovated by NYC experience design studio ESI Design.…
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Adobe MAX
5 Tips for How to Ask for a Raise (and Get It)

Take FiveHave you found yourself adding up how much you contribute at work and wondering whether you’re underpaid? You may deserve a salary increase or a job promotion. But how do you ask for a raise – and get one? Here are five ways to boost your confidence, make the request and find success.

  1. Benchmark your salary. Take the time to learn the average salaries for your position and similar roles. Research the going rates for your creative job in your area. If you find that your salary is below par, you can leverage this information when requesting an increase.
  2. Quantify your achievements. You know you’ve been doing a good job. But before asking for a raise, start by building your case. Document your recent accomplishments and the bottom-line benefits you’ve brought to the company.
  3. Prepare for a discussion. Take a look at your job description to make sure you’re fulfilling all of your responsibilities. Be ready to talk about the projects you’ve played a role in and how you’ve worked outside of your job description.
  4. Practice your approach. Make sure your confidence shows. Role-play with a friend or family member and practice answering questions about the standard salary figures you’ve researched and about your contributions to the company.
  5. Have a fallback position. If your manager’s answer is “no,” ask what specific actions would be needed to merit one and set a review date. You can also ask for non-monetary perks that could increase your job satisfaction, like more vacation time, flexible scheduling, or a new title.

Read more about job search tips and interview best practices on The Creative Group blog.

The Creative Group (TCG) specializes in connecting interactive, design, advertising, marketing and public relations talent with the best companies. More information can be found at

Dunkin Donuts
Dunkin’ Donuts Names JKR For Brand Mgt.
Dunkin’ Donuts has appointed Jones Knowles Ritchie (JKR) to manage its brand identity and branding strategy…
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Comeback Season
Shutterstock: Twenty-five for Twenty-five
Shutterstock is offering specially priced image bundles of 25 professionally curate images on timely subjects…
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Art Resource
Educators to Watch
Last year, as a complement to our perennial and popular special reports — “People To Watch” (influential professional creatives) and “Students To Watch” (rising graduates of note) — we added an annual “Educators To Watch” feature to our mix…
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Jam Paper
Academy of Art University
Voicebox Gives Yooga a Welcoming Smile
Packaging and branding design firm Voicebox unveiled a playful design for Yooga Superfood Cups…
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Get to Know Mingo
Get to know your full-service online printer. And, yes, there is such a thing. Mingo believes that good design is about more than being complicated, intricate, or busy. It’s about going with what’s right for the project. …
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Design-A-Cover Contest
Enter The 2018 Design-A-Cover Contest
Sponsored by Mohawk
Deadline: August 17, 2018 - Entry Is Free Courtesy of Mohawk
Digital printing is the fastest growing segment of the print world and vital to the future of graphic design. To give designers an opportunity to learn more about digital printing, to become more familiar with papers that work well with digital presses and enhance digitally printed projects — and, more generally, to showcase their creativity — the editors have organized the 2018 DIGITAL PRINT COVER CONTEST. It is presented by GDUSA and sponsored by MOHAWK FINE PAPERS. Mohawk covers your entry fee to make it FREE for you to enter as many cover designs as you wish…
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Gordon Kaye, Publisher
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