One of the in-vogue euphamisims for design contests is ‘crowd sourcing’ and there’s a ton of related sites popping up all over the interwebs. The concept of crowdsourcing is simple – would-be buyers post design gigs on a bulletin boards and would-be ‘designers’ post concepts and designs, hoping to ‘win’ the gig. Like most design contest models, crowdsourcing sites are rife with rip-offs, knock-offs and purloined design work. One of the newer ones is Lime Exchange – a new crowd sourcing site created by the developers of Limewire (one of the only peer-to-peer sharing platforms left after the RIAA crackdown) and like most crowdsharing and logo design contest sites, we were able to find examples of our work being pawned off to unsuspecting buyers. This time it’s a logo for a Chinese restaurant, a logo design gig that boasts a princely budget of $15.00. That’s right. Fifteen bucks. Amazingly, at time of writing, the project has 99 entries.
Trouble is, one of the entries (posted by some cat in Hyderabad, India calling him/herself Vvdesigns) is a complete knock-off from our Daily Logo archives, a design we created for an oriental cooking show back in 2004. There is a certain amount of irony in the way Lime Exhange previews the images on their site – each features a Lime Exchange watermark, ostensibly to prevent anyone from ripping off their designs.
Shouldn’t come as a shock that not too many ‘designers’ are going to give a design project their all for the price of lunch. Nor, should it be terribly surprising that those that do enter their logos are going to take every shortcut they can, including pinching related logos from other websites, usually found through a Google image search. Guess I wouldn’t mind about all this hackery, if such sites weren’t marketed as a so-called alternative to working with legitimate professional designers.
But they are.
So I do.
Setting some sort of record, yet another design pinched from our galleries has been entered into the Lime Exchange contest outlined above. See Design Crowdsourcing Part Deux for more.
Related: I want a logo just like theirs.
- Design crowdsourcing part deux
- Defending crowdsourcing & design contests. The platitudes of spec work.
- Twitter graphic $6 proof that design crowdsourcing works? Not quite.
- Children designers on design contest & crowdsourcing sites?
- Forbes: Why designers hate crowdsourcing