Thank you for your support of the NO!SPEC Campaign. Your kudo laden emails are greatly appreciated.
Carmen von Richthofen, Executive Director, The Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD Ontario): “Your NO!SPEC web site initiative is an extremely valuable, unique service to the graphic design industry all over the world – it’s an easy-to-use information clearinghouse about the harmful effects of spec work, a unifying support network for designers and design organizations combatting spec work, and an emphatic and instructive third party authority to impress upon those offering spec work that they are being unethical and unprofessional. It’s also a fun site! The Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD Ontario) congratulates and thanks Cat and her NO!SPEC team for their imaginative contribution to professionalism and business success in graphic design.”
David Berman: “Congratulations on the vitality of your site: when designers focus on professional conduct, everyone benefits.”
Debbie Millman: “No Spec is *brilliant.* SO necessary. I will do whatever you want to help promote this. I am a rabid believer in the concept and tell my students, staff, potential clients, etc. whenever it comes up. And you know it always does.”
Michael Surtees: Your NO!SPEC site is a big deal and you’ve done more for the profession than you can imagine.
Netdiver: Now folks at NO!SPEC are taking this hot issue to a new level. We working the design industry, have long tales of such requests turned bad, and as such, Netdiver supports this initiative wholeheartedly!
Prepressology: I just want to express my gratitude to everyone that was and continues to be involved with this crusade. Designers need to show their support and have to get involved. This effects all designers, all over the world. Show your support and get involved!!
Pixelgirl Presents: totally! You know, a loooong time ago i was designing my own site that was going to do the same thing this site does but I SUCK at writing so the design was done but I was too intimidated to start– I’m just super glad that it was done (and soooo very well!)
Zerine: I’ve learnt so much from the evolution of NO!SPEC. It’s opened my eyes. And once their opened there’s no going back. I used to bend over backwards to accommodate clients. That energy could have been so much better spent contributing here. I’m no longer scared to say no. I’m loosing people, but more rewarding replacements are showing enthusiasm. My heartfelt thanks Cat & crew, Restoration of my self esteem is down to you ( byproduct?)
Jeremy Consulo: Just wanted to drop you guys a note thanking you for this website. It’s been so helpful in our dealings with clients. It inspired us to also write up an article on why Spec is bad for the client: Spec work is not a good idea.
That blog post along with your website has been extremely useful in educating clients. As a matter of fact I just sent the two URL’s to a prospective client this morning (they were asking for a home page spec, because everyone else gave them one). Thank you!
Jeffrey Zeldman: Linked. Good job.
There are more more more…
Hi! I’m a designer who blogs. I ran across your site through NO!SPEC and I love what you’re doing. I’m not actually submitting my site because I don’t always blog about design but wanted to say hello and encourage you today to keep doing what you do!
Hello No Spec!
I added your link to my blog which is here: xxxx. This hit home with me because I have just spend working 9 months on a project “on spec” and I’ve had enough! Many thanks for starting this!
Keep up the great work! I really appreciate what you have created with No-Spec, and it has given me more confidence in Just Saying No. I first came to learn about this when I saw your link on xxxx’s website. I couldn’t wait to add a link to mine. Thanks for making them available.
I am so tired of people doing this type of thing and also offering to pay like $12 an hour for highly skilled work… It’s insulting.
I think your site is the bomb. I’ve been complaining about contests for YEARS, I am adamant about them. This stuff drives me insane and I will NOT work on spec.
I’ve added the NO!SPEC link to my site. I enjoy the site; finally, people are putting into words what I’ve been thinking for years!
Glad you are doing this – I am constantly educating potential clients on sites like Elance and Guru – they usually don’t come back to me after I advise them that I do not provide free mockups and list my reasons. This is the standard email I send them – let me know your thoughts and possibly advice in changing it so that I can retain more potentials – without violating my profession. Thanks!
Just wanted to let you know how much it means that you guys have this website out there. This will help alot of us creative individuals and it’s good to know there is a movement out there to protect us. Please let me know if I can be of any help. I am very eager and willing!
This is a great grassroots movement; and I wish you good luck in getting this message out.
Thank you for making this resource, it saves so much effort trying to explain to clients why we don’t do spec work.
It has been a long time since I have done any spec work (years in fact), as I decided to say No! after two pointless pitches. So, now, no spec work, no pitches, but the work still rolls in!
This is a great campaign! Thanks for putting it together.
Great stuff guys… just wanted to alert you that I’m with ya!
This is a great initiative and I’ve already referred people to your articles.
I support NO!SPEC! Pls add me to your blogroll!
We support your site and appreciate what you are doing for the design community!
Spec is a subject that gets me going – as bad as politics I am afraid to say. I am glad you put this site together for me to direct people to. That way I don’t have to get all huffy on potential clients.
To the team at No!Spec,
I have to say I support your cause fully and have added a link and Icon to your page from my news page. On a good note I was hired by a client recently who during our conversation made it clear that he did not want me doing any work until we had a contract and I was compensated. When he said this I was just about floored and wrote a nice email to him explaining how rare it was to hear this from a new client. Thanks again for your commitment, and please let me know if I can be of any more help.
I have placed your logo on my site. I finally have a way of explaining to my clients why I won’t do Spec work! Somehow, they don’t get that they are asking me to invest my time, to see if perhaps that is what they want. I think, this free sample society has created bad habits. It is our job to re-educate prospects. Bravo for your efforts!
I strongly believe in opposing spec design, as it devalues the work we do. Thanks, and I’ll spread the word!!
I’m in! Let’s spread the word…
Congratulations for the No-spec initiative, that’s help us to know that we are not alone against speculative work, and makes us strong in some way.
Thank GOD I’m not the only one who takes great offense to these mind-rapers who have devalued our creative talents. I’ve been doing this since the late 70′s, and without a doubt, the templates and â filters in software programs can create flashy albeit substance-less crap. And the CFO says, Wow, that’s pretty. And see how much we saved by not hiring a designer! I’ll pass your site along to colleagues.
Thanks, dug and blogged, Congrats!
I’ve been looking at NO!SPEC and it speaks to something I really can identify with, as a desperate designer looking for work after getting my degree…
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