Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Beating A Dead Horse ... Bill Palmers, Engadgets Of The World, Listen Up!

From The American Institute For Graphic Artists [AIGA] website:

Position on spec work

Clients may, at times, request you compete for an engagement on the basis speculative work—that is, work done for no cost. [AIGA] is against speculative proposals.

Similarly, organizations sometimes initiate contests as a way of developing logos or other identity work. Unlike disciplines in which the designer can bill for implementation of the proposed design (e.g., architecture), in communication design, the submitted solution already represents the bulk of the intellectual work. AIGA encourages organizations to issue a request for proposals from qualified designers.

AIGA believes that doing speculative work seriously compromises the quality of work that clients are entitled to and also violates a tacit, long-standing ethical standard in the communication design profession worldwide. AIGA strongly discourages the practice of requesting that design work be produced and submitted on a speculative basis in order to be considered for acceptance on a project.

---------- FIX YOUR THINKING COMMENTARY ----------

I didn't know that there was such an organization or such a code of proposed conduct. It is voluntary, just like the SPJ [Society For Professional Journalism] code of ethics. And just like that code I'm sure a lot of the members pay no attention to the code.

Bill Palmer did this ... logo competitions, naming competitions, and more recently Engadget did it.

It's interesting for me to see this in place though ... didn't know it existed, and don't know if I agree.

* Link credit to Daring Fireball


Anonymous said...

First, it's "Engadget" not "ENgadget."

Second, I've never seen Engadget run a logo design (or other spec-work) contest. Seems more like Gizmodo, but I'm not sure I've seen them do it either.

FYT said...

First, it's however I want to type or typo it for that matter.

Second, I linked to a spec design that ENgadget did.

Third, Hello Bill!

Anonymous said...

First, it just makes you look stupid to spell a name wrong reguardless of if it's intentional. And we both know you're not stupid, so why not spell it right?

Second, I'd never seen that contest, thanks. Odd that they did the contest, probably awarded a prize and apparently have never used to mascot.

Third, I'm glad you don't know who I am. I had always suspected you see my IP and knew. You apparently don't know how many snide comments I leave or who I am. Which is good. Cause I respect you but at the same time feel someone needs to call you on some of the BS you post.

Anonymous said...

"Third, Hello Bill!"


FYT said...

I'll leave you [Anonymous] with the last thought (emphasis by me):

First, it just makes you look stupid to spell a name wrong reguardless of if it's intentional.