MLB gets tough with Little Leaguers (Nice job)

It’s springtime and for many parents, that means it’s time to get your kids away from the video games and out doing some throwin’, catchin’, hittin’ and runnin’. Most little leagues are either gearing up for, or have already started another season of baseball. One of my sons is playing his third season and he has moved up to the Minor C division, which means there are some changes he needs to adapt to. Namely, the kids are now pitching (no more pitching machine) and the field has a grass infield so ground balls act differently than if they were bouncing across only dirt. And there was one other change that took a lot of people by surprise…

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The NEA Asks for Spec Work

Well… um… OK.

This was brought to my attention by a tweet from Jeff Fisher at Logo Motives. You can read the original RFP here. 23 pages of legal-speak that could probably be condensed to 5 pages if it wasn’t written by the government. Thanks for the heads-up, Jeff. I found it particularly irritating that the design they are seeking embodies three different ideas, one of them being that artists (or designers) are a real part of our economy. Yeah, but not enough a part of the economy that the NEA will pay them for their work.

Anyway, this stuck in my craw enough to write an email to the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts not the National Education Association) telling Continue reading

Quotes of the Day, Jan 26, 2010

To add some emphasis to the previous post, from Clients From Hell:

“Oh, actually we already paid a company to design it in Photoshop. We just need you to click a few buttons and put it on the web. We figure it should only take a couple of hours, so we can pay you $10 an hour.”

“I need 365 all-new, original ‘Far-Side’-esque cartoons for a daily calendar. I can pay $200.”

“This estimate can’t be right! I saw this guy draw the whole Mona Lisa on Youtube in like five minutes. There’s no way you should have to charge me this much to do a ten page website!”

“I’m not paying you anything extra to do the website because it is simply a matter of pushing the right buttons. I know how to push buttons.”

How Not to Ask for Help

I look at Craisglist periodically. I look not only in the hopes of finding a rare gem of a client, but also for the entertainment value of some of the listings.

I’ve previously posted about a job found on Craigslist earlier. I found two more that could use some comment.

Looking for someone who designs flyers
Lowest bid gets the gig

  • Location: Santa Ana
  • it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
  • Compensation: no pay

So basically, this guy is looking anyone who will do this job for nothing. No portfolio review. No experience needed. No demonstrated competence at all. While it may be true that this guy needs a simple flyer that he’s going to copy and litter people’s windshields with, why is he Continue reading

Friday Roundup

It’s Friday so I’ll wind down the week by linking to some things you may find useful.

Chris Spooner has a list of 20 different Photoshop actions to add different photo/processing effects to your images.

Brian McDaniel has some insight on working at home over at

Logo Design Love shows how difficult it can be to create a unique logo.

If you are among those looking for work, Tim’s Strategy may help you in the evolving world of job hunting.

Client Quote of the Day

Taken from the Clients From Hell website. Take a look over there if you want a chuckle or if you have an idea you want to run by your designer but you think the idea might be a little sketchy.

Can you show Joanne [client’s secretary] how you designed our busienss cards. I don’t want to pay you for doing them.

That’s one way to end your relationship with your designer. And if you have a lot of work that needs to be done, you’ve just cost yourself a lot more in time, headaches and potential lost revenue then if you had just paid for the work.

The moral of this story is that if you are looking to get something for free from your designer, ask yourself what you would think if one of your clients asked you to perform work for them without having to pay for it.