AOI has negotiated a range of discounts for members
Discounts available for members change throughout the year and the AOI is constantly looking for opportunities for members. We are also open to suggestions for other discounts – just let us know!
Squarespace empowers millions of dreamers, makers, and doers by providing them with the tools to bring their creative ideas to life. Many Illustrators esteem Squarespace as the leading all-in-one platform for creating a website to showcase work, publish content, sell products, promote their online business and much more.
We are proud to share that Squarespace is offering the following discounts to AOI Members:
- 20% off first year of Squarespace
- One (1) year free custom domain ($20 value)
- One (1) year free professional email from G Suite ($72 value)
- $100 Google AdWords credit
- Unlimited storage
- 3 Free email campaigns
- Templates created by world-class designers that are built to sell
- Fully integrated e-commerce with analytics and no transaction fees (on applicable plans)
RS Accountancy is an award-winning accountancy firm that specialises for clients in the creative sector including illustrators.
The firm is led by Russell Smith, qualified chartered accountant and best-selling author of ‘I can start your business‘.
RS Accountancy are happy to offer a free consultation and a 10% reduction in fees for any client that comes through the Association of Illustrators.
Whether you are operating as a sole trader or working via a Limited Company, Ward Williams Creative are specialists for freelancers working in the creative industries. Assisting illustrators with the compliance side of the business is just one aspect of the job. The team are passionate about helping grow your business and are on hand with tailored tax planning and wealth of industry knowledge.
Ward Williams are pleased to offer a free introductory consultation to AOI Members, and a 20% discount off your first year’s fees as a member of AOI. Situated in the heart of London (Primrose Street, EC2A 2EX), the team are happy to meet at our offices or come to you (it’s always nice to get out of the office!).
Nick Weeden is a chartered accountant who has been working with the AOI and helping illustrators for over a decade. He has a specialist understanding of illustrators` needs and an excellent approach to explaining accountancy to those starting out, as well as helping established illustrators with more complex requirements.
Nick offers all AOI Member an hour’s free consultation which can cover general business advice, bookkeeping, tax of all kinds, accounts – and with a sympathetic ear!
Working with our friends at Williamson Carson Insurance Brokers, we have secured discounted rates on a range of business insurance. At a time when many illustrators have pet insurance, but would be left high and dry if their laptop was stolen (or worse, they were had an accident or illness meaning they couldn’t work) these are offers it is hard for an illustrator to go past.
Four packages have been especially developed for illustrators, including:
Professional indemnity insurance covers you for compensation you have to pay to your clients or any other third parties because of problems with your work. Including but not limited to:
Breach of any duty to use reasonable care and skill
Actual or alleged intellectual property infringement, including but not limited to copyright infringement, trademark infringement, trademark dilution, trade dress infringement, any act of passing-off, or any misappropriation of formats, characters, trade names, character names, titles, plots, musical compositions, voices, slogans, graphic material, or artwork.
Public Liability Insurance:
Public liability insurance covers the compensation you would need to pay if a client or member of the public makes a claim against your business for bodily injury or property damage.
Laptops / Tablets:
This package includes cover for laptops and tablets –inside and outside the home or studio inside the UK.
The Personal Accident cover will pay out up to £10K per year if you are unable to work due to an accident.
London Transport Museum
Did you know that as an AOI Member, you have access to 10% discount on London Transport Museum’s fantastic Hidden London tours of disused stations, hidden tunnels and secret spaces across the London Transport network?
Descend into the secret wartime bomb proof headquarters of the Railway Executive Committee at Down Street Station in Mayfair where Churchill sheltered during the Second World War, or follow in the footsteps of James Bond at Charing Cross station and see where sequences from Skyfall and other blockbusters were filmed. Go beyond the grilles at Piccadilly Circus station in the heart of London and hear how the station was radically transformed to cope with a huge increase in passenger numbers in the 1920s. See and hear about the fascinating designs of architect Leslie Green and his unique tiling patters which helped passengers alight at the correct station. Visit the lost tunnels at Euston station and see original poster fragments from the 1960s when these passenger tunnels closed. You can experience over a century of art and design in some of London’s most iconic stations and spaces.
These and other fascinating Hidden London tours can be booked by visiting their website.
Bikini Lists is a marketing service for Illustrators and creatives helping you reach more clients and commissioners. They proudly offer a custom package for AOI Members giving instant access to Art Buyers, Art Producers, Designers, Art Directors and Digital Creatives who regularly commission work in Advertising, Design, Editorial, Publishing, Branding and more.
The package is £385.00 + VAT, saving £190.00 on the rate card.
Our friends at Bloosmbury have offered AOI members 35% off these books – a fantastic deal.
Becoming a Successful Illustrator
Co Authored by the AOI’s very own Derek Brazell! This updated second edition contains practical tips on how to seek work, how to market yourself and how to run your illustration business in an enterprising way, with advice that will prove useful long after your first commission. Building on the resources of the first edition, this continues to be the must-have guide to practicing professionally as an illustrator.
The Power And Influence Of Illustration
Delving into the rationale behind influential communication, The Power And Influence Of Illustration helps you understand how to work with a message to create convincing illustrations for your audience.
History of Illustration
History of Illustration covers image-making and print history from around the world, spanning from the ancient to the modern. Hundreds of color images show illustrations within their social, cultural, and technical context, while they are ordered from the past to the present. Readers will be able to analyze images for their displayed techniques, cultural standards, and ideas to appreciate the art form.
AOI Members enjoy 2 for 1 entry to House of Illustration.
House of Illustration is the UK’s only public gallery dedicated solely to illustration and graphic art. Founded by Sir Quentin Blake it opened in July 2014 in King’s Cross, London. Its exhibition programme explores both historic and contemporary illustration and the work of defining and emerging illustrators, amplified by a vibrant programme of talks and events. A registered charity, House of Illustration supports and promotes new talent, commissions new work and has a pioneering learning programme delivered by professional illustrators.
To benefit from this offer, simply log in to your AOI account page through your smartphone and show your AOI membership number to the ticket desk.