Design Contests: Spec Work, Crowdsourcing & Free Pitching
Design contests are all the rage, having been sold as an economical and efficient way to get design done. Clients aren’t aware that is just spec work with a fancy wrap and designers – eager to get their feet in the door – embrace it without knowing the hazards.
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Design contest features for buyers
If there is one case study that illustrates everything that is wrong with design contest platforms, it is this one..
Are logo design contests an effective way to brand a company or an exploitative process that’s a haven for copyright infringement?
Design contest features for designers
Download this retro board game infographic. Designing free logos on contest sites for fame & fortune. Theirs..
Remember back when the guys launching design contest platforms told us it was all about the “democratization of design?”..
Over the years we’ve written a lot of blog posts, opinion pieces and articles about logo design contests, spec work & crowdsourcing. We’ve changed our site a few times over that period, and rather than leaving this information scattered all over the place, we figured it would be better to link them up from a central location. Regardless of whether you’re pro design contest, or anti, a designer or a buyer, the features on this gateway make for some interesting reading about this always controversial subject.
Showcased articles on spec work & design contests:
“A no-holds-barred look at spec work, design contests & crowdsourcing. Designer edition. While it may be true that businesses are ‘ignoring the debate’ about crowdsourcing and spec work, designers – those who stand to be displaced by it – aren’t. In this second of a two part series, we take a definitive look at crowdsourcing and design contests from a designer’s point of view, while tackling the most often used, pro-spec talking points…”28 Talking Points of Spec Work
“Most crowdsourcing and design contest sites claim you can “set your own budget.” Not entirely true (they offer several packages you can choose from, but you can choose to pay more if you’re so inclined.) They’re all very cagey about revealing how these charges break down, how much they take in “commissions and fees,” and how much the winning designer gets in “prize” money. So how much we talking? Anywhere from just over 30% of your dough to almost 50%..”The Truth About Crowdsourcing
“There’s also the real risk of copyright infringement (or worse), should you decide to host a so-called ‘logo design contest.’ Contest sites do barrel rolls to hide this from you and they don’t like when I point it out, but here it is.. the amount of copying & plagiarism in logo design contests is astonishing. Our copyrighted work (and that of designers we know) show up as purloined entries on a fairly regular basis.”Logo Design Contests