Questions tagged [ethics]

Questions related to best practices and etiquette in the field with regards to professional relationships with all stakeholders (clients, printers, suppliers, peers, subordinates) excluding legal issues and issues related to copyright law.

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Using Unpublished Material for Promotion [duplicate]

I've recently entered the graphic design scene and I want to promote my services on some social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. I know that it is okay for me to publish some of my ...
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New identity under a larger identity?

I work for a large organization as the in-house designer. We are required to follow guidelines for our identity put forth by an external design agency that they made for us 4 years ago. However now we ...
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Downloading a commercial font from a free source. Would that make an issue? [closed]

If a company is using a font-family as a part of their branding then how would someone know if the company has a license for it's use or not?
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Is it ethical to include template-based works in your portfolio?

Is it ethical and right to include template-based works (i.e. sites built from a WordPress theme) in your portfolio, or is it considered the property of the original author?
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Graphic design job getting asked to copy other work

I am currently at my third job as a Graphic designer and have been in the field for about 5 years. My first company moved to the other side of the country, so I couldn't stay there. My second job was ...
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Should I give the editable/master file to the print shop people?

I want to print simple business cards and I have my design ready in PDF format which I made with Adobe InDesign, but one printing service is asking me for the original file, along with all the fonts ...
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Client requested artwork to print themselves

A client has requested that I supply a PDF of artwork I have previously designed and printed, about a year ago, for them so they can send to another printer to have more printed. I have always had a ...
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Is it appropriate to use lower quality design to make a product look cheap?

In an article I was reading it has this picture: It claims and rightfully so that one looks cheaper than the other. However the explanation says, My old direct-mail client was correct in his ...
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Does graphic design have an ethical responsibility?

Graphic design serves as a filter through which much of our communication is disseminated. Graphic designers find themselves in the unique position of being gatekeepers of information as well as ...
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Has anyone charged a percentage on printing costs?

I have a client who wants me to handle the printing as well. Is there an industry standard figure like 10% or 15% of the total print cost that I should bill to the client? or should I charge a fixed ...
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How do I treat requests for work for causes that go against my personal principles?

Recently, I received a request for a quote from a party that promotes and teaches an ideology that diametrically opposes my own beliefs. The job involved designing promotion material for classes and ...
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When does the designer pay for a reprint

The QR code supplied by designer was incorrect. This was discovered by the client after all materials were printed and delivered. Everything was scrapped and reprinted. What level of responsibility ...
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An error in printed book is my fault: what do I do? [duplicate]

I designed a kids' activity book for my client. She handwrote all the text correctly and I typed a sentence out incorrectly. She approved the proof before print but that was the 6th draft so I guess ...
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How to handle client requests to violate copyrights?

I know Google image search is not a free-for-all to grab any image needed. However, many, many, many clients don't grasp this concept and often request or send images they'd like to use in a design or ...
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Plagiarism vs Inspiration

Artists, writers, musicians, designers, businesses, even the creative DIY blogger mom at home must decide for themselves where to draw the line between being “Inspired” and “Copying” other’s hard work....
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How should a designer handle the request to repurpose a design?

Scenario: You design a piece for Company A. The piece performs very well for Company A. So much so that they use the piece for several years. Eventually Company A shuts down. A few years later, you ...
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Bill a client for a design error?

A regular client of 3 years typically orders prints from us quarterly came in over a week ago with an order. Sometimes this client comes in with the designs and sometimes we do the designs in house. ...
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Repeat client is suddenly demanding intellectual property rights!

A fairly sizable client whom I've done a few jobs for over the past several years has recently contacted me for a new job. We have never had a contract for any of the work I've done for them (I'm a ...