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 Why speculative design is wrong Working on spec is a disturbing — and growing — trend Spec work and crowdsourcing: gambles that don’t pay off If design was an iceberg Responding to spec work requests Logo warehouses, crowdsourcing, and a lack of understanding Does spec work have any place in the industry? The designer and the tech guy The kiddie designers of 99designs The personal cost of designing on spec Crowdsourcing, incentive, and value Pitch, please: cheap vs cheat Spec work for web developers The problem with spec work… again To spec or not to 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


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

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Ethics in Graphic Design, by Eileen MacAvery Kane

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