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GDUSA Newsletter

NOVEMBER 2012
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ARE YOU IN FOR A RAISE?

It may seem counterintuitive given the generally flat economic news, but creative professional salaries may well be on the rise. As you can see in a report below, The Creative Group, the respected specialized staffing service, predicts that average starting salaries for creatives will rise modestly, and that for certain segments ‒ mostly interactive, mobile, and game design ‒ the increases may be even more robust. A ray of sunshine in a stormy environment from a very credible source.

— Gordon Kaye, editorial@gdusa.com

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Graphic Design News

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WENDY GETS A MAJOR MAKEOVER
A more mature and better coiffed Wendy is featured in the new logo for America’s third largest hamburger chain… LEARN MORE >


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GUM PACKAGING FOR GAME PLAYERS
A new package design for Kraft Foods’ iD Gum is accompanied by a social media-based game portal… LEARN MORE >


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BRANDIMAGE LANDS AIR FRANCE SITE
Larger and more powerful visuals are the centerpiece of a new website design by Brandimage for Air France… LEARN MORE >

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UNIVISION IS HISPANIC HEARTBEAT
Univision’s new logo positions the media company as the “Hispanic Heartbeat of America.” The new logo, by branding firm Wolff Olins, is intended to show dimension and warmth, evoking the human heart… LEARN MORE >



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CHILDREN HEARTBEATS INSPIRE PSA
New print ads by BBDO New York for Save the Children draws on the power of music inspired by children’s heartbeats… LEARN MORE >

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Visit selected Envato marketplaces…

Tutorials > tutsplus.com

Graphics Files > graphicriver.net

RF Stock > photodune.net

Templates/Themes > www.themeforest.net

ENVATO: EXCITING MARKETPLACE ECOSYSTEM
Creatives Buy, Sell and Learn

Envato is an ecosystem of blogs and marketplaces devoted to the creative industry that gives designers the opportunity to buy, sell and learn. Envato is both a pioneer in creative and web development education, and a one-stop shop for millions of designers needing a range digital assets, from stock multimedia, to web templates, and even snippets of code — delivered through a network of marketplaces including PhotoDune, ThemeForest and GraphicRiver. Envato pays 30-70 percent per file sale, and some authors are said to make tens of thousands a month. For designers wanting to learn new software programs or tackle design issues they haven’t faced before, Envato’s Tuts+ network offers a massive library of 12,000 + free and premium HD videos, tutorials, e-books and source files on topics ranging from web design and development to Adobe Creative Suite, graphic design, photography and app development.

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Poulin

POULIN DELVES INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP
For centuries, the intimate relationship between graphic design and architecture has shaped not only cities and their structures but also the lives of their inhabitants… LEARN MORE >


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HYBRID OPENS PANDORA’S BOX
San Francisco’s Hybrid Design has done much work for the TED events; its latest project is the the program guide for TED Global 2012… LEARN MORE >

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LITTLE & COMPANY ADDS NEW OWNER
Little & Company, the well-known Twin Cities design firm, has named Joe Cecere a part owner in the company… LEARN MORE >


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CHANNEL FOR TEENS COMES OF AGE
A more sopphisticated on-air look for TeenNick has been developed by Proud Creative… LEARN MORE >

GDUSA’S PACKAGE DESIGN AWARDS IS NOW OPEN…

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Take Five! Career Tips

CAN YOU EXPECT A RAISE IN 2013?

You may be making more moolah in 2013 – if you possess the skills employers seek. According to The Creative Group’s newly released 2013 Salary Guide, average starting salaries for creative professionals are projected to rise 3.5 percent in the coming year. Following are in-demand positions that are expected to see even bigger gains in 2013:

1. Interactive Creative Director
4.9% increase to the range of $95,500-$160,000 annually

2. Interaction Designer (1 to 5 Years of Experience)
4.9% increase to the range of $52,250-$77,500 annually

3. Mobile Designer
4.8% increase to the range of $63,000-$96,000 annually

4. UX Designer
4.8% increase to the range of $73,750- $110,500 annually

5. Game Designer
4.8% increase to the range of $59,500-$93,500 annually

To download a free copy of the 2013 Salary Guide or calculate local salary ranges using our online salary calculator, visit The Creative Group Salary Center.

The Creative Group specializes in placing a range of highly skilled interactive, design and marketing professionals with a variety of firms. For more information, please visit creativegroup.com. Connect with The Creative Group at facebook.com/thecreativegroup or twitter.com/creativegroup

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