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Comment on A client’s argument against free-pitching by Ameshin

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 10:51:10 +0000

Thank you, I really appreciate that :)

Comment on A client’s argument against free-pitching by NoSpec

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 23:30:00 +0000

Thanks for flagging that up, Ameshin. The link has been updated to point to the Design Week website where the piece has been republished.

Comment on A client’s argument against free-pitching by Ameshin

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:18:33 +0000

Thank you for this~ exactly what I was looking for. It's too bad the article is a dead link. I really would have liked to read a clients perspective (consequences) on the issue. So curious :/

Comment on 99designs: Bullshit 2.0 | I’m a Proud Weenie! | Blowing Competitions Up, and Other Acts of Good Citizenship by Gaby

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 18:51:57 +0000

99design really is monkey business. If you get into the final round be careful, they will make something happen to your account so that their own staff inhouse designer will win.

Comment on A client’s argument against free-pitching by Nicholas Di Cuia

Sun, 27 Dec 2015 21:09:04 +0000

Free for work, not work for free. We live in a capitalistic part of the world. But even if we didn't... When there is an exchange—a transaction—where one party hires the other, they receive a service/product in return; the other receives compensation. Naturally. It really is that simple. Respectfully, anything else is simply not business-like.

Comment on Open Letter to CL (Craigslist) Administration by 1024

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 18:41:01 +0000

Here it is 2015, and nothing has changed. The Creative Gigs section on Craigslist is a foraging ground for unscrupulous business owners, cheapskates and predators to target artists of all types. This section is free to list and not monitored by Craigslist staff, so there is no incentive for improvement or benefit to professional artists. The sad part is any legitimate business posting here gets lost among hundreds of other predatory ads. Craigslist has made no attempt to even respond to thousands of complaints. There are no replies to email and grievances posted on the community forum are met with disdain such as. "What did you expect for free?" Artists can only respond by flagging the scammers and opportunistic posts in hopes of triggering automated removal. Some may even call out the offenders with a new post that references the original listing. But for what purpose? Craigslist is not listening. It is only a matter of time that creative minds come up with an alternative marketplace to fill the void which Craigslist once served ages ago.

Comment on Aquent, 99Designs and the Design Industry by Chuck

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:38:13 +0000

Val, With phrases like "get used to it", you dismiss any rational discussion. I disagree that we should roll over an just "get used to it" -- if you value your work, then insist that others do as well. Even if you're just beginning your career -- perhaps even more so!

Comment on Open Letter to CL (Craigslist) Administration by Steve Page

Tue, 12 Nov 2013 19:36:49 +0000

If I can't ask for free labor then none of the charities can ask for free help. There goes free labor for charities.

Comment on Refuse to work for nothing by Joe L. Wroten

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 23:39:49 +0000

I feel both Dick and Mike have good points on either side. Although Dick's perspective on what students should expect sets the bar rather low with an almost bleak outlook on post-college life no matter how upbeat of an attitude the words are spoken with. However, there is merit to doing work simply because you love it, and the experience will help you to learn far more than many college classes ever will. I struck a balance between working for free as an unpaid intern during school, and then after school pursuing a paid internship with the intent of barely averaging out the cost of my time/gas/food etc. Then I had a really stable direction to pursue in the workplace in which I feel I can reasonably apply anywhere with confidence. Charlie Hoehn gave a TED talk about free work I found quite interesting, a unique way of going about doing work that rings of an unofficial internship that when started with the best of intentions can benefit both parties and typically pan out into an otherwise invisible opportunity. His TED talk can be watched here:

Comment on Refuse to work for nothing by Chris

Mon, 30 Sep 2013 23:29:55 +0000

@Small business dude: If you know the look you want to achieve, look for freelancers/agencies who have portfolios that impress you. Tell them the look you want (and your budget) and ask if they can do something similar. Not trying to be snarky here, but that's basically how any business is conducted. There's no reason design should be any different.