A client’s argument against free-pitching

John Scarrott and the Design Business Association thought it would be interesting to get a client’s perspective on free pitching, so asked Tom Foulkes, marketing director of Peter Brett Associates, about how he buys design expertise. “Fundamentally, we believe the … Continue reading

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In for a penny, in for a pounding

Joe Rinaldi, VP of business development at Happy Cog, wrote an excellent article aimed at design clients about how spec work doesn’t just threaten the design businesses that take part, it threatens the clients’ companies and their projects, too. “Each … Continue reading

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Did you check their records?

Karishma Kasabia of Melbourne-based studio Kish+Co talking about crowdsourcing. In the Kish+Co studio How do I know if I should use crowdsourcing to get my design job done? If crowdsourcing produced awesome design, I’d be the first person running to … Continue reading

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Refuse to work for nothing

DA&D’s past President Mike Dempsey shared his thoughts on the recent speech given to young design graduates by D&AD chairman Dick Powell. Mike Dempsey said: “This attitude dovetails into the alarming increase in free pitching that now runs throughout our … Continue reading

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Donating the unpaid labor of others

Steve Douglas wrote an in-depth piece about “the arrogance of crowdsourcing,” where he talks about the design contest for the Dallas Mavericks. He also reviews “unofficial” contests for Sony Playstation, Daft Punk, and Manchester United, where spec work websites “have … Continue reading

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