A practical solution for the ethical designer.
When talking about ethics in relation to graphic designers and for most creative fields for some reason the general idea is that we are happy to do almost anything for work including working for free, this is not the case and it’s an age old stigma that being a creative isn’t a real career/job.
Last year i was lucky enough to win a competition held by MADC which aloud me the opportunity to visit the leading design firms in Melbourne and talk to the designers. In each workshop they shared their knowledge from there many years experience (invaluable information i now apply to my design process) and every single firm said the same thing when it came to working for free, DON’T do it. It is a vicious cycle that needs to be stopped, designers are not fine with working for free, that being said doing work you believe in or that’s for a cause for free is another matter entirely but there is a line.
Ethics for the Starving Designer is a site dedicated to helping creatives become aware of the impacts and reasons behind the need for a code of ethics. Its also presented in a visual way making it quite approachable. As a graphic designer i have always had a strong sense of ethics and its good to see that its an idea that is getting some much needed attention.