This ad is pretty standard in terms of the laundry list of skills required of a graphic artist these days. Design skills, plus technical skills—and being well versed in all the software and hardware that goes with them—is expected. Writing and editing skills are often on the wishlist too. So where does a young graphic designer begin figuring out their worth?
When you go to the Graphic Artists Guild (GAG) website an illustrator is prominently featured on the left sidebar under the headline “I Am the Guild.” This is a bit ironic when reading about the recent New York State Supreme Court case involving the Graphic Artists Guild (GAG) and the Illustrators’ Partnership of America (IPA) as well as reading GAG’s advocacy policy where they position themselves as an advocate for illustrators.