I don’t design for free – unless I’m working with a pro bono client.
For more information on this subject, visit the NO-SPEC! website.

The latest addition in a rising voice on this subject is Michael Beirut, who has written about the design competition for BusinessWeek’s new Design and Innovation magazine called INside Innovation and also involves Bruce Nussbaum.

To learn more about the AIGA code of ethics for professional designers, download their Code of Ethics PDF.

Andy Rutledge also writes about the same issue and gives a hilarious analogy:

“I’m hosting a competition. I need a partner with whom to have a serious relationship but I don’t want to invest any time or effort in finding the right woman; I shouldn’t have to. I’m a great man and any woman should be proud to be with me, so I’m holding auditions. I’d like for all interested women to visit me and show me your “wares.” I’m definitely looking for someone with a hot bod, and not afraid to show it off. Extra points for staying the night and letting me sample your attentions and enthusiasm.

One lucky winner gets a $400 wedding ring and the prestige of having me for a partner (‘cause I look good). The rest of you just get screwed. Awright, who’s with me?”


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