NO!SPEC Campaign: Rundown and Roundup

March/April of this year saw the launch of the NO!SPEC campaign. Since then I’ve come across a range of confusing posts, some even using open source interchangeably with spec. To clarify the spirit of the campaign I’ve put together a short rundown on what working on spec is, and isn’t. What the NO!SPEC campaign is, and isn’t.

Spec is not:
ProBono
Open Source
Industry Awards Contests

Spec is:
Working on the SPECulation of getting something of value in return.

The NO!SPEC campaign is not about:
Taking the fun away from what we do.

The NO!SPEC campaign is about:
Educating designers so they can make educated choices.

The NO!SPEC campaign is not about:
Coming up with a lot of tight rules to stifle the client / designer relationship.

The NO!SPEC campaign is about:
Educating the public on ethical business practices.

Still confused? Then please stroll through the roundup of the latest blog posts and articles I’ve compilied at NO!SPEC Campaign: Rundown and Roundup.

Thanks for listening,
Catherine

Creativiti on NO!SPEC

Designing ‘on spec’ – bad for you, bad for us

Creativiti is a supporter of the creative industry’s NO!SPEC campaign. This section outlines why designing on spec is a poor compromise for everybody.

If you invest in a designer’s time and place your confidence in their abilities, they will work closely with you to create a custom solution to meet your needs and requirements, and to help you achieve your goals.

If you demand work on spec, they simply won’t have the means – or the will – to produce their very best work for you if they have no guarantee that you won’t simply take their ideas and walk away with them without payment.

Ultimately, designing on spec produces poor results for you, and is unfair to the designer, and that is why Creativiti wholeheartedly supports the NO!SPEC campaign.

To read the rest, please go to Creativiti’s Designing ‘on spec’ – bad for you, bad for us

The Zehnkatzen Times on NO!SPEC

Samual John Klein shouts out with The Zehnkatzen Times: [design] Professional Designers Cry NO!SPEC.

One of the most egregious ideas of recent time is the “logo design competition”. While there may indeed be times and places for such a thing, a trend has been emerging toward larger operations who should know better opening a logo competition as part of, say, a corporate redesign. Replete with the promises of “getting your work ‘out there'” and “practical portfolio pieces”, and the possiblity of a payday, such competitions gather work from hard working and hopeful designers the world over.

NO!SPEC on digg

Please digg this –>>NO!SPEC Launches

The mission of NO!SPEC is to educate both clients and Visual Communication designers (also known as ‘graphic’ designers) about the nature of speculative, or “spec” work. It also serves as a vehicle to unite designers who support the notion that spec work devalues the potential of design and ultimately does a disservice to the client.

Creativebits on NO!SPEC

creativebits: This concerns you guys so check it out!

The mission of NO!SPEC is to educate both clients and Visual Communication designers (also known as ‘graphic’ designers) about the nature of speculative, or “spec” work. It also serves as a vehicle to unite designers who support the notion that spec work devalues the potential of design and ultimately does a disservice to the client. We encourage those who are like-minded to support this effort by placing a “NO!SPEC” logo on your site, distributing the “NO!SPEC” poster created by top Illustrator Von Glitschka from Glitschka Studios, as well as contributing your thoughts, comments, articles and insights. The only requirement for participation is putting the appropriate value on your profession.

Jack Yan on NO!SPEC

Jack Yan speaks out on Spec education.

It’s something I have been against for years, especially when AGDA campaigned against it with its members.

The idea is that the designer gets zilch in order to ‘pitch’ for a job. Hours are invested, and ideas, more often than you think, are appropriated. It devalues the work of all designers. I’ve added one graphical link in the sidebar, but you can surf as readily to her site from here to see how you can help.

For more, be sure to visit: Spec education.

Robert Wurth on NO!SPEC

Robert Wurth has added to the crusade with Spec Work and Mail Order Brides.

What it boils down to is a loss of control. By running a contest, the company gives up its power to choose a designer based on talent, skill, personality and all of the other factors that make it possible to conduct business with someone. This is no more a sound business model than playing the lottery in the hopes of making a profit.

Piers Le Seuer on NO!SPEC

The ‘Designers who blog’ NO!SPEC crusade month just wouldn’t be right without a mention of designer Piers Le Seur. Piers designed the fantastic logo you see here on the NO!SPEC site, which eventually fueled the design.

Yes, it’s been a RUSH here and a DASH there which means this blog is running behind.

But with all this happening, I’d like to slow down and take this opportunity to thank the very dear person who designed the NO!SPEC logo (which lead the design for the NO!SPEC site), Piers Le Seuer.

Piers is a New Zealand designer who has been in the industry for a long while. He is dedicated, energetic, and an avid anti spec crusader. The exclamation mark used in the logo is apt as it is a favourite key of his.

Thank-you Piers, the logo is brilliant!