Category Archives: Professionalism

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

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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