Info for Designers

Written by professionals in the field, these articles are both insightful and educational.

In the section nav to the left are posts written by NO!SPEC committee members. Below, a growing list of articles from around the Internet.

Steve Douglas (The Logo Factory) is a prolific writer on the subject of spec work, crowdsourcing and contests, so linking to his archives makes better sense than sharing individual posts:

thelogofactory.com archives: Contests
thelogofactory.com archives: Crowdsourcing
thelogofactory.com archives: Spec Work

Spec Watch keeps an eye on spec contest sites. SW collates the facts. Just the facts. Follow SW on twitter @specwatch and share your views on Facebook SpecWatchFB.

specwatch.info: The SpecWatch Papers
specwatch.info: RAW Numbers 99Designs
specwatch.info: RAW Numbers CrowdSpring

Design organisations:
aiga.org: Design competitions and speculative work
aiga.org: AIGA position on spec work
aiga.org: Spec Can Be Beaten
aiga.org: To Spec or Not to Spec
britishdesign.co.uk: The Credibility Gap
gdc.net: About Contests and Speculative Work
gdc.net: Dealing With Spec RFPs & Contests
icograda.org: Icograda Policy Review: Competition Guidelines
icograda.org: Where Our Wild Things Are, Part 1
icograda.org: Where Our Wild Things Are, Part 2
rgdontario.com: Best Practices
rgdontario.com: Spec work

Websites
creativepro.com: Spec Work and Crowdsourcing: Gambles that Don’t Pay Off
davidberman.com: Ethics FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
desktoppub.about.com: Spec vs Pro Bono
digital-artist-toolbox.com: “Should I do Spec Work?” Six Top Designers Sound Off
graphicdesign.about.com: What is ‘Spec’ Work?
freelanceswitch.com: Getting Paid: 6 Standards to Set for Your Freelance Business
freelanceswitch.com: Working For Free – Is It Ever a Good Idea?
howdesign.com: What About Crowdsourcing?
thinkvitamin.com: To Spec or Not to Spec
underconsideration.com: Spec This! (again*)
underconsideration.com: Spec Work Arithmetic
underconsideration.com: To Spec or not to Spec?

Design blogs:
360innovate.co.uk: The impact of designing on spec
ablognotlimited.com: You Get What You Pay For
am-design.com: Why Spec Work Is a Four-Letter Word
andybudd.com: Doing Work on Spec
andrewhy.de: GeniusRocket: Toxic Environments and Startups
andrewhy.de: Spec Work Defined for Andrew Warner
andrewhy.de: Spec Work Is Evil / Why I Hate CrowdSpring
begoodnotbad.com: Finding the Con in Contests
bizcommunity.com: ‘Spec’ is a four-letter word
boagworld.com: No more speculative designs
boagworld.com: Why Speculative Design Is Wrong
boston.bizjournals.com: Working on spec is a disturbing — and growing — trend
brianyerkes.com: Why CrowdSpring Owners Should Be Ashamed of Their Business
buildinternet.com: The Real Problem With Design Contests
chrissagert.com: Spec work, just say no
davidairey.com: A conversation about spec work
davidairey.com: Responding to spec work requests
davidairey.com: Spec work can damage your business
davidairey.com: Spec work in the internet age
davidairey.com: The Win Without Pitching Manifesto
doc4design.com: A Design Trend That Might Cost You Your Job
econsultancy.com: Death to spec work and unpaid internships
erinsowards.com: Spec Work, Just Say No
escapefromillustrationisland.com: How Spec Work Hurts Your Business
escapefromillustrationisland.com: How to Educate Your Clients Part 3 – Spec Work
freelancefolder.com: Building Your Portfolio With Zero Clients & No Spec Work
freelancefolder.com: What’s Your Take On Spec Work?
fightboredom.net: Just say NO! (to Spec Work)
gigaom.com: Dealing With Speculative Work
graphicpush.com: Bullshit 2.0
kevinhughesdesign.net: So you want to be a designer?
librescope.com: Spec Work and Contests Part Two
logodesignlove.com: Logo warehouses, crowdsourcing, and a lack of understanding
logodesignlove.com: The designer and the tech guy
logodesignlove.com: The kiddie designers of 99designs
logodesignlove.com: The reality of logo design contests
markboulton.co.uk: The Personal Cost of Designing on Spec
mathewbrowne.com: Nightmare web design clients
mikewatters.com: When designers should work for free (and when they shouldn’t)
moxiedesignstudios.com: Will you build me a huge site for free?
nikibrown.com: Spec you! Why Designers Should Never* Work For Free
odesk.com:To Spec or Not to Spec? What a Stupid Question.
openparenthesis.org: Crowdsourcing, Incentive, and Value
paperstreet.com: Should a Web Designer Work on Spec and Provide Free Samples?
positivespaceblog.com: 99Designs The Evil That Changed Names
promomagazine.com: Wild Pitches
provider.com: The Geek Guide: A Few Words about Working on Spec
rachelandrew.co.uk: Spec work for web developers
ravenshoegroup.com: Why Crowdsourcing Is A Bad Idea
spyrestudios.com: 6 Reasons Crowdsourcing And Spec Work Sucks
subdued.net: Dear visitor from 99designs
sugarsock.com: The Problem with Spec Work… Again, for Those Who Didn’t Hear
swoo.co.uk: …how to flip the client into giving you the work
thinkcreation.net: Why Your Clients Ask You to Work on Spec
tomrichmond.com: Working on Spec
troy-sobotka.blogspot.com: Specs and Contests: We All Lose
viewcreative.co.uk: Free pitching
webdesignerdepot.com: How NOT To Design A Logo
webdesignerdepot.com: Interview with SpecWatch: The Naked Truth
webmaestro.biz: Spec work or design by contest?
Wildfire Marketing: Why most design firms won’t do spec work
zeldman.com: Don’t Design on Spec

Advertisting agencies:
dontdrinkthekoolaidblog.com: Why Ad Agencies Shouldn’t Do Spec Creative
adage.com: Don’t Let Losing Employees and New-Business Pitches Slow You Down

Podcasts:
thinkcreation.net: An Interesting Podcast on Spec Work

YouTube/Vimeo:
Is Spec Work Evil? The Online Creative Community – SXSWi 2009
AIGA Portland Roundtable – Contests, Spec work
davidairey.com: AIGA panel on spec work

Dedicated sites:
Ethics in Graphic Design
Spec Watch
SpecDebate

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