Articles about spec work

A small selection from the thousands of online features about the negative impact spec work has on both the designer and the client.

Blog articles Pay the designer Why spec creative doesn’t pay Doing work on spec Spec work is evil / why I hate CrowdSpring Spec is a four-letter word Why speculative design is wrong Working on spec is a disturbing — and growing — trend Why CrowdSpring owners should be ashamed of their business The real problem with design contests Spec work and crowdsourcing: gambles that don’t pay off If design was an iceberg Responding to spec work requests Ten ways spec work will hurt you Just say no! (to spec work) Dealing with speculative work 99designs: bullshit 2.0 Logo warehouses, crowdsourcing, and a lack of understanding On spec work, contests, and whether they have any place in the industry The designer and the tech guy The kiddie designers of 99designs The reality of logo design contests The personal cost of designing on spec Spec you! Why designers should never* work for free spec or not to spec? What a stupid question Crowdsourcing, incentive, and value 99Designs: the evil that changed names Spec work for web developers Why crowdsourcing is a bad idea 6 reasons crowdsourcing and spec work sucks The problem with spec work… again To spec or not to spec? Behind the hype of crowdsourcing Spec work, design contests, and tragedy of the commons Working on spec Spec work arithmetic To spec or not to spec? How not to design a logo The naked truth about design contests 16 brief points on free pitching Don’t design on spec

Spec Watch

Spec Watch has shared a wide range of statistics about spec contest websites. Follow on Twitter @specwatch. The SpecWatch Papers RAW Numbers 99Designs RAW Numbers CrowdSpring


Is spec work evil? The online creative community – SXSWi 2009
AIGA Portland Roundtable — contests, wpec work AIGA panel on spec work

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