🐰📰 Newsletter #4 | How to negotiate your salary, fun design activities, and more!

Feat. Quick, actionable tips & more ways for you to engage with the design community

Hey Buddies! 👋

In this monthly newsletter, check out more tips and community highlights. We are also excited to introduce our very first design challenge and have a chance to get your design featured on our social media. More details below!

💰 How to negotiate your salary

Negotiation. It's like that thing that everyone seems to do but no one told you how. We can help break it down for you.

Negotiation is not about being greedy. It's about getting what you earn for the value you bring to the company. Companies also spent a lot of money trying to hire you. They want you there too!

Quick tips

  • Be objective - focus on the specific value you bring and average pay for your level and location. Check multiple sources such as Blind, Angelist, and even third-party recruiters. The best way to get more is to have competing offers.

  • Negotiate beyond your salary - equity, 401k match, bonuses (sign-on & annual), perks, your job level, and more. Try to focus on base salary first as that one brings more returns long term. Bonuses also get taxed heavily.

  • NEVER share your current salary, it could be used to low-ball you. It's also illegal in many US states. Delay that conversation until you are sure you want the job. If the recruiter asks you, ask for the salary range for the job:

    • "What level is the job offer? What salary band is this level?"

    • "How much is the equity worth currently? What is the vesting schedule?"

Additional resources & works cited:

🔗Open repository of design salaries

📕 Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss

📰 Salary negotiation guide by Candor

More resources in #faq-new-to-design channel!

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Check out some of the work of our members who participated in our October Drawtober event! Drawtober was an art challenge we hosted with our Buddies on Discord's design team. See everyone's art in our Drawtober channels, too.

📆 Events

Design Buddies' 2nd game jam is a free, open-to-the-public event, where designers and game enthusiasts gather for a 1-week game-making event! We hope to strengthen our community by providing a place and time for people to get inspired and focus on creating a game they can potentially add to a portfolio.

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⭐️ So you're a designer, now what? with our Buddies at Pinterest on Tue Nov 16, 5 PM PT(UTC-8) (RSVP)

⭐️ Educating Friends & Families on the Differences between UX & UI on Thu Nov 18, 5 PM PT(UTC-8) (RSVP)

⭐️ Building no-code websites on Editor X on Tue Nov 23, 8 am PT (UTC-8) (RSVP)

View more upcoming events

Watch previous events on our Youtube channel: Leadership vs Individual contributor roles, Trial and Error in Creative, Let's build an app using Figma & Bravo, and many more!

🎨 Design Challenge

Want to practice your design skills and showcase your talent to the community? Participate in Design Buddies' first design challenge! We are accepting all types of designs (digital art, motion design, UX design, etc.) The designs will be featured on the following month's newsletter, as well as our social media.

We will release a design prompt each month. You'll have 3 weeks to create and submit your design. It will take 1 week to review the designs.

The prompt for this month is Leaf!


  1. Please submit your designs through the form below before Wed Dec 15, 11:59 PM UTC-7 (PST) — late submissions will not be accepted. You’re also welcome to share your works in progresses, give each other feedback, and your final designs in our design challenge channel.

  2. Please submit your original work only! If you use assets from other sources, you must credit them in your submission.

  3. You can work by yourself or with a team. If you work with others, please submit one form for the entire team, including the design, participant names, and information.


💼 Jobs

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💻 Guide on how to find UX jobs

🐰About Design Buddies

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🧡 Special thanks to our newsletter contributors: Grace, Jamie, Joyce, Maggie, and Nibby!

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