Mike and Ross - founders of Crowdspring

Crowdsourcing platform Crowdspring has announced that they’re going to be offering writing ‘projects’ using the same spec-work model that graphic designers never seem to tire carping about. Which means we can expect a whole bunch of tireless carping from professional writers too. This ‘taking over the creative world’ thing kinda reminds me of a sci-fi movie from the 70s. Tall dude with a mask, respiratory issues and a really bad attitude. Answers to another dude in a cape. Live in a big metal planety thing. Can’t quite put my finger on it. [Crowdspring]

Face PalmSpeaking about spec-work, apparently the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) may be arty and all, but apparently devoid of a sense of irony. To wit, they’ve decided that one of their lofty goals is to remind society Snippetsin general, and business people in specific, that “arts workers are real workers” and “part of this country’s real economy“. Further, the NEA would like us to remember that artists “earn salaries, support families, pay taxes. Artists are also entrepreneurs and placemakers, who revitalize towns, cities and neighborhoods“. Cool. In order to illustrate these ideals, the NEA would like a logo designed, so they launched a logo design contest. On spec. Facepalm doesn’t begin to describe how well this went over with designery folks. [LA TImes]

Stock logo website Brandstack announces their new service Upstack, supposedly a custom version of their stock service that dodges the spec-work bullet by paying participating designers a portion of the design fee. All cool and all, but that just happens to be how Logoworks, formally the poster-child for all that’s wrong with online logo design, works. And has worked since 2001. When half the world freaked the fuck out, because of the way Logoworks worked. [Brandstack]

Dog foodSpeaking of innovation, yet another new design contest site has opened its doors, pages or whatever a web company opens when they launch. Graphicster promises to be different than all the other innovative companies hosting design contests. Which is pretty much what all innovative companies hosting design contests promise. Getting off to to a flying start, Graphicster’s blog told usWe are going to eat our own dog food by creating a project for the logo of the site itself“. Dog food you say? Awesome. With that accomplished, they promptly launched a fake contest. [Graphicster]

How much is a Twitter account? Free. How much is a stolen Twitter account? $1400. Now compare that to a stolen MSN account that only fetches a buck forty on the black market. Completely unscientific conclusion? Twitter is way cooler than Microsoft. Even with criminals. [IT World]




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3 Comments to “Snippets: Crowdspring to offer spec writing, NEA holds a spec work contest & other news”

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  2. Rod Roels says:

    It looks like the NEA is starting to get some serious blowback now from a heavy hitter.


    I didn’t know about the dust-up in 1999. I guess some people learn slower than others…

    It’s good to see AIGA address the situation. However, I don’t think that should stop anyone else from sending a note to the NEA to let them know what the design community thinks. Even Canadians, eh?

    • Steve Douglas says:

      @Rod Thanks for the link to the AIGA protest letter. Worth noting that designers and artists who want to express their opinion can now comment on the NEA Artworks blog. You’ll also find a response from NEA to the letter, giving some lip service to the AIGA position, but ultimately claiming that this project is somehow different and should be given “a pass”. Alas, that’s what every single spec work request generally claims. They also toss out the ‘democratizing design’ chestnut, and ask the AIGA to ‘back off’. Interesting little kerfluffe.

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