A few posts back, we wrote about the battle continuing in the logo contest debate. Continuing with that metaphor, looks like a war may be breaking out, with folks cheekily posting No-Spec! logos as entries into 99 Designs logo design contests. 127 logos to be exact. According to the 99 Designs blog and their No-Spec Shenanigans post
Overnight we had someone presumably from No-Spec! posting propaganda in our contests. They posted their No-Spec! to 127 of our contests. Isn’t it ironic that a group which claims to be out to protect designers would make life hard for our design community who at the end of day are just trying to make a living like everyone else. Thanks to everyone who quickly reported this to us – it’s all sorted now. Apologies to any contest holders who were inconvenienced.
This led to 99 Designs supporters blasting back, posing comments on the No-Spec! site accusing them of ‘spamming’ contests and acting unprofessionally. While I must admit to getting a little chuckle, I certainly wouldn’t go as far as to condone the tactics, (and for what my opinion is worth, it’s highly unlikely that this was a sanctioned action from No-Spec! who utilize public education to battle what they see as a threat to the graphic design industry). Having said that, I can certainly see why it would happen.
And for what it’s worth, it’s not the first time.
(Hat tip to Ryan for the heads up).