- Graphic designer – Midlands
Hi all. I’m looking to recruit a graphic designer who is also pretty handy with a camera, but I’m not being given a budget to recruit at the moment. I work as a Group Marketing Director for 11 companies and the idea is I will be setting up a new design agency with those companies as my first customers and hence I need my first recruit.
I’m looking for ideas of where I can advertise the job for free that is likely to attract a decent and ambitious creative. The dream candidate would be a cyclist of course. Any help welcome.Posted 3 years ago
At that salary you’ll be lucky to attract a designer with the skill set and experience you require. Especially as you’re after a proficient photographer too. Which, let’s not forget, is another career and talent in itself.
As a comparison, I’ve been doing this for 16 odd years and seen juniors on salaries not very far from that mark.Posted 3 years ago
At that salary you’ll be lucky to attract a designer with the skill set and experience you require.
Candidates will be given a brief to execute, should they be successful in the first interview and asked to pitch it to Fundamental.
Edit: It’s a troll surely?Posted 3 years ago
Good Excel skills
Yes, looking for a junior-ish role, that’s looking to step up. The salary isn’t massive, but it is a start-up and so that salary can grow quite quickly.
I’m not sure what is absurd about seeing if a designer can communicate their ideas, my concern is that CV’s can look great, but the role will require someone who can communicate their ideas well.Posted 3 years ago
But your job as an employer is to be able to work out who is able to do the job through interview and seeing their previous work, not by having them perform meaningless tasks and then be expected to present to you.
Especially not as a junior getting paid little more than a Graduate salary.
At that salary, you should expect to be paying someone with promise that needs nurturing and tutoring.
Or someone that has a bit of experience but is actually just a little bit crap.Posted 3 years ago
Yes, experience managing in a creative studio and yes on print. I’m kind of looking for help on WHERE to recruit at the moment.
PrinceJohn I disagree. I’m not looking for an out-an-out photographer, but someone who is able to shoot well and can be developed during the start-up stage. Much of the photography within our group is poor, but doesn’t require someone charging £1500-2000 per day, having someone with a good eye could be very beneficial.Posted 3 years agoJamieMember
Candidates will be given a brief to execute, should they be successful in the first interview and asked to pitch it to Fundamental. If the brief is executed successfully, you will not get the job, and your ideas will be appropriated and taken further by Doris the tea lady….who is also the New Meedja Officer
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Thanks Johndoh. Some of the companies in the group have paid large amounts for shooting schemes. This is one of the reasons we are trying to pull these sort of costs in house.
I was just looking for some tips on where would be good to post a job, not really an assessment of the offer.Posted 3 years ago
So you will spend £2,000 PER DAY for a photoshoot but you expect a full time employee to work for £20,000? That’s two weeks worth of photographers time.
I don’t think you have though this through have you? If you paid, say, £40,000 you would get someone that is capable of what you are asking and they would still only cost the same as four weeks of a photographers’ time…Posted 3 years ago
The candidate must be able to articulate their ideas clearly, AND have experience in bringing brand messages through in to their designs.
The candidate must be able to articulate their ideas clearly, AND have experience in bringing brand messages throughPosted 3 years ago
in tointo their designs.
As I said, some of the companies in the group…. not me. And £200 per day only makes £2000 over 2 weeks, just saying.
That person could well be earning a lot more than £20,000 in a short period, but it’s a start-up with a limited budget that needs to start paying for itself. As it does, so things evolve.Posted 3 years ago
And £200 per day only makes £2000 over 2 weeks, just saying.
It was a typo – you said you would expect to pay up to £2,000 per day for photoshoots….
Much of the photography within our group is poor, but doesn’t require someone charging £1500-2000 per day
but it’s a start-up with a limited budget that needs to start paying for itself.
So you expect some poor mug to finance your project because you don’t have the funds to do so yourselves?
I am sorry, but it really is quite laughable.Posted 3 years ago
Thanks for pointing out my typo’s, I was just doing the same. Johndoh, I’ve not explained the group structure, the investment deal, the history, the experience etc and I am not looking for someone to finance my project as you put it. This is merely starting out on the road to recruiting a graphic designer and I wondered if anyone knew of any good places to post the job. But thanks for all your help.Posted 3 years agomuppetWranglerMember
For the salary your offering and the fact that you’re a startup I think you might be better off trying to cherry pick a really good graduate than rely on finding someone with 2-4 years experience.
If I was talented and looking for a 2nd step of my career I’d be looking to join an established agency with big name clients and budgets to match rather than a startup with no clear career development path.
And drop the excel thing. That is just weird.Posted 3 years agoplyphonMember
I’m in the design industry (graduated from Coventry, funnily nuff) – my first job starting salary was 20k.
I now have 3 years experience and a great commercial portfolio – I wouldn’t touch that job application for anything under £35k.
At 20 you’re only going to get graduatesPosted 3 years agoseaversMember
Shizzletrack, I’m a commercial photographer and work all over the UK. I’m always looking to develop new relationships and I charge a hell of a lot less than the numbers above! Would be more than happy to send you info and sample images to show the quality of work on offer.Posted 3 years agoseaversMember
Shizzletrack, I’m a commercial photographer and work all over the UK. I’m always looking to develop new relationships and I charge a hell of a lot less than the numbers above! Would be more than happy to send you info and sample images to show the quality of work on offer.
Edit. I see you are trying to cut costs by bringing it in house but it might be just as efficient building a relationship with a supplier dedicated to your those needs. Hire a designer handy with a camera and you will get just that. If your photography requires any kind of lighting for instance, I would always say go with someone with experience. I guess at the end of the day, it depends on how much you sell from your imagery. If it’s a lot then you should invest there.Posted 3 years agoSpeederSubscriber
I don’t want to be critical as you’re offering someone a job and that’s great but as has been mentioned your experience and long list of skills requirement are at odds with the junior salary. It’s all well and good saying that there’s potential for more but it’s not conveyed in the advert and it just looks like you’re taking the p.
I’m sure you’ll get someone and at least you don’t require a degree.
Good luck with it, it sounds like it could be quite a fun job.Posted 3 years ago
So what you really meant was not ‘where do I advertise’ but ‘where can I advertise for free to find a gullible senior level designer who’s into biking but will work for peanuts and take on board all of the risks associated with a startup company’? Singletrack?
At your level of salary you’ll get an average artworker at best. Any good designer worth their salt or looking to advance their careers would be looking to work at a big agency, working with international brands and blue chip clients. As a new agency, working in not the most glamourous or creative of industries (carpet) you’re probably going to have to pay far more than the going rate to attract the right candidate.
Yet you seem defensive and reluctant to listen to the good advise given on here! What does that say about you as a potential manager?
I’ve seen time and time again people who’ve set up agencies but skimp on salaries. You pay peanuts, the saying goes . . The fact that they have not employed good people from day one is still negatively impacting their business today as these ‘average’ designers are now senior designers within the company, yet still need micro management and basic creative direction from the founders on a daily basis.
If I were you I would listen to the ‘FREE’ advise on here and be grateful for it – it’s worth it’s weight in gold. If you can’t afford to pay more then I would either:
– Take on a part time senior (maybe someone with kids who needs shorter hours).
– Employ a graduate – but the guidance they will need will impact a lot on your time and there will be lots of trial and error along the way. As a new business founder could your time be better spent?
– Recruit for senior freelancers to work when required on a daily rate.
– Split out the photography and employ a good freelancer when required. We know several excellent photographers for around £300 per day.
– Offer the new employee equity in the agency for the risk they’d be taking (real equity, not share options). But this is risky for you too.
Don’t promise an increase in salary when the agency gets bigger – most people have heard these sort of promises and hot air before and are generally very skeptical about this sort of promise (unless you write the guaranteed increases into their employment contract, with dates and amounts agreed from day one).
Design Week would be a good way to advertise – but you need to bear in mind that it’s ‘GOOD’ and as a result its not ‘FREE’. Good luck.Posted 3 years agoallthegearMember
All good advice above. ^
We have missed one option, though – the creatives of STW have shown time and time again that, when asked to work for free, can produce epic results from a simple creative brief. There must be at least 3 years experience going back.
Give us a go – post all your briefs to this thread and we’ll send through the results. Honest.
RachelPosted 3 years ago
– Split out the photography and employ a good freelancer when required. We know several excellent photographers for around £300 per day
😯 blimey things really are different in the sticks, that’s what a digital operator or an assistant at the top of their game is on (advertising rate but even below that it’s still £200-£250) I guess the price war of the wedding snapper has finally hit jobbing commercial work.Posted 3 years ago
Must admit I don’t know of many good creative photographers that will work for £300 a day apart from the sort that see their pictures regularly appearing in the local press after shoots at awards dinners etc.
The going rate in Leeds is around £600 to £800 a day. I also deal with a London-based photographer and he charges £1200 a day – but he is very good and choses who he wants to work with.Posted 3 years ago
Must admit I don’t know of many good creative photographers that will work for £300 a day
We use 2 on a regular basis, and another who’s slightly more. We’re aware of people who charge more but to be honest their work wasn’t any better. Best keep our contacts to ourselves then 😀Posted 3 years ago
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