Spec work and spec-based design contests have a detrimental impact on the quality of design, negatively affecting both the designer and the client. In an effort to educate those working in the design profession, as well as the clients who use their services, a group of designers got together to share advice and stories about the pitfalls of spec.

With legitimate design opportunities increasingly turning into calls for spec work, our purpose is to give designers the information and resources they need to take a stand against this trend. We also aim to provide businesses with details on why spec work harms the design profession as well as the outcome of design projects.

Join us in promoting professional, ethical business practices by saying no to spec. If you’re unfamiliar with the term spec work, our FAQ page is a good intro. And here’s what design organisations say about working on spec.

Here are the original contributors to the No!Spec cause.

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