Category Archives: Business

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

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.

Unprofessional Designers, A Firsthand Experience. Ugh.

I often wonder what someone is thinking when they are acting in a way that gives a black eye to their profession. Unfortunately, not too long ago I was a firsthand witness to a lot of designers behaving in a way that probably makes the entire profession look like it’s full of crazy people.

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