October 2009 archives

Entry no.: 877

30 Oct 2009, 4:19 PM

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Design Spec work, free pitch, design contest

I noticed these days a significant effort in the promotion of a Romanian-based international design contest for a package design project in which the client asks for spec work.

As a rent-paying, salary-paying and tax-paying designer I'm strongly against this practice—it should go without saying after I wrote The 'free pitch' practice and On design contests.

"Spec Hurts Everyone" by Von Glitschka of Glitschka Studios for NO!SPEC www.no-spec.com

"Spec Hurts Everyone" poster by Von Glitschka of Glitschka Studios for NO!SPEC. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Against? Why?

Because not participating in (and denouncing) projects involving spec work, free pitches and design contests is the best practice, in compliance with the ethics of this profession as they are set forth by design bodies such as AIGA, BDI and The Design Council, as well as the majority of independent design consultancies.

Says who?

"Like visiting several restaurants, trying the food in each one and then refusing to pay the bill." Erik Spiekermann

Here's a short list of various resources and articles on the topic, from dedicated sources as NO!SPEC and SpecWatch to professional associations as AIGA, from a design legend like Erik Spiekermann to authors like Debbie Millman and Jeff Fisher to business press like Boston Business Journal:

Conclusion?

Right answer: "I do not endorse the practice of free pitch, sorry."

When confronted with spec work requests, free pitches or design contests, the right answer is "I do not endorse the practice of free pitch, sorry."

Either that or a strong NO.


More: The reading list on the issue is vast, here are a few more pieces:

You can also follow @nospec and @specwatch on Twitter.

Entry no.: 872

28 Oct 2009, 11:18 AM

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Photography Heading south, relentless like the spread of a disease

"Heading south, relentless like the spread of a disease", Cristian -Kit- Paul, Camargue, France, 2009.

Auberge, Camargue. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Decorating an entrance with the remains of a large dead animal as a sign of bucolic hospitality, reassuringly expressing a sense of "welcome to the healthy meat-eating life in the country," is—you must admit—the logic of a fucked up species. And I kinda liked it.

Entry no.: 867

26 Oct 2009, 2:30 PM

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Photography Naïve anxiety and suspense

"Naïve anxiety and suspense", Cristian -Kit- Paul, Monte Carlo, 2009.

Backyard, Monaco-Ville, Monte Carlo. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

She is Sigourney Weaver as Ripley, the director is Ridley Scott. An atrocious alien creature is following them from the surrounding darkness, ruthless and inhuman... Will they survive?


See also: This day so sweet will never come again., the disturbing opening sequence from "War of the Worlds"—don't look if you're squeamish!

Entry no.: 866

23 Oct 2009, 11:00 AM

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Photography Foreverness tastes like today

"Foreverness tastes like today", Cristian -Kit- Paul, Camargue, 2008.

Camargue, France. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Entry no.: 863

21 Oct 2009, 10:19 AM

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Photography Breeze, concrete and nicotine

"Breeze, concrete and nicotine", Cristian -Kit- Paul, Monte Carlo, 2008.

Monte Carlo, 2009. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Entry no.: 860

19 Oct 2009, 10:58 AM

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Photography When we were young nobody got older

"When we were young nobody died and nobody got older", Cristian -Kit- Paul, Koh Samui, 2008.

Fisherman's village, Bophut Beach, Koh Samui. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

“Now,” he said, “take my picture now!”, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Koh Samui, 2008.

Fisherman's village, Bophut Beach, Koh Samui. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Episode № 2 of my nostalgic recollection of Koh Samui photographic memories (here is № 1) caused by Bradu's obscene sabbatical.

Entry no.: 857

16 Oct 2009, 10:03 AM

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Photography Missing Koh Samui

Damn, I miss this island! And this is all, of course, Bradu's fault [links in Romanian].

"Days pass mellow, smooth and slow", Cristian -Kit- Paul, Koh Samui, 2008.

Bo Phut beach, Koh Samui. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

"Could not tell storm from despair", Cristian -Kit- Paul, Koh Samui, 2008.

Storm, Koh Samui. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

"The storm and the fortune", Cristian -Kit- Paul, Koh Samui, 2008.

Fisherman's village, Bophut Beach, Koh Samui. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

"Go, go, go, the big life awaits us, let's go", Cristian -Kit- Paul, Koh Samui, 2008.

Fisherman's village, Koh Samui. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

And this is only the beginning of a year-long über-envy this guy is going to inflict on us by administering one cool story (with blissful pictures) at a time. Hit us, man, we're ready to endure.

Entry no.: 855

14 Oct 2009, 10:43 AM

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Photography Past the square, past the bridge, past the mills, past the stacks

Past the square, past the bridge, past the mills, past the stacks, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Bucharest, 2008.

Bucharest, 2008. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Entry no.: 853

12 Oct 2009, 12:59 AM

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Photography The complications of big oil

The complications of big oil, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Bucharest, 2009.

Storefront, Bucharest, 2009. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Entry no.: 851

9 Oct 2009, 10:37 AM

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Photography If you ever get close to a human and human behavior

If you ever get close to a human and human behavior, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Bucharest, 2009.

Bucharest, 2009. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Entry no.: 849

8 Oct 2009, 10:15 PM

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Photography There'll be no sadness, there'll be no sorrow

There'll be no sadness, there'll be no sorrow

Camargue, 2009. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Entry no.: 848

8 Oct 2009, 12:41 PM

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Photography And then a voice came so brightly I covered my eyes

And then a voice came so brightly I covered my eyes

Camargue, 2009. Click on the image to enlarge.

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