From day one, Jay and David have been tireless contributors. Behind the scenes, and no matter what insane hour of the day or night, Jay is on hand to fix code and add what is needed. More in the public eye, David is a vocal advocate of an ethical design profession.
There is also a fourth teammate involved: Steve Douglas.
So when all hades breaks loose in the spec arena, it’s usually David (in Ireland), Steve (in Canada), and me (in Thailand) throwing emails at each other about our next move. And sometimes Jay (in Australia) listens to us all.
When needed, the original NO!SPEC committee come out fighting as well. Thanks all!
In order to celebrate new beginnings, I decided to share the main points of a fabulous post on spec penned by Steve Douglas, 28 talking points. To me, it’s one of those ‘I wish I’d written this’. And since I didn’t, here you go.
The 28 talking points (on working spec)
- It’s all about freedom of choice
- Designers know what they’re getting into
- We’re all adults here
- You’ll get lots of exposure
- Participation is voluntary so design contests aren’t exploitative
- Spec sites represent an ‘opportunity’ for designers
- Crowdsourcing sites are a way to make a living
- Contest sites are a way to pick up some ‘pocket change’
- The best designer, or design, always wins
- Client feedback helps you develop your skills
- Contest holders appreciate your efforts
- Stock logos and free vector art is forbidden
- Designers copying each other are ‘isolated incidents’
- Private and ‘blind’ contests protect designers’ work
- Win a contest. Pick up your prize
- Guaranteed contests also pay a designer
- We guarantee that a designer will get picked. And paid
- Spec sites ‘respect’ creatives
- Critics of spec work are Luddites. Or snooty.
- Design orgs and critical designers are like the RIAA
- Crowdsourcing puts you in charge of your career
- The democratization of design?
- You’ll get lots of practice
- You’ll build a great portfolio
- Crowdsourcing is ‘innovation at its best’
- Crowdsourcing is simply The Free Markets at work
- Crowdsourcing levels the playing field
- Participants are from all over the world
It’s quite an eye-twitcher to scan down those talking points. Yes? To get the full story, stop by Steve’s 28 talking points.
And don’t forget to drop by David’s post on the NO!SPEC redesign to tell him how fabulous it is. Dave and Jay did a bang up job, for sure.
The campaign to educate the public about spec work will be a long one. I’m grateful to have good friends like Jay, David, Steve and the rest of the gang along with me.