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A disgrace to our profession:

Discussion in 'Graphic Design Forum:' started by Mercy Design, May 25, 2010.

  1. Mercy Design

    Mercy Design Member

    I've just picked this up from the DBA LinkedIn Group. It's so shocking I though you lot should also see it here :

    Date: 21 May 2010 14:31:46 BST


    I hope you don’t mind me emailing you but we have just set up a website
    called and we think it might be a useful too for your
    business if you ever have too much work on or want to offer your client
    lots of choice.

    How does it work?

    - Enter your job spec on the website (eg: looking for a logo,
    flyer, website template)

    - Enter a prize (eg: €120)

    - Then designers from all over the world enter their designs. We
    have almost 300 designs in database at the moment

    - You choose the winner

    - They send you the artwork

    So you can often get over 50+ designs to choose from.

    To celebrate the launch this week we are offering 50% off creating a
    contest. The code is IWAD.

    If you are interested, here is the link to begin registering.
    Registration .

    Robert Kelly
    I want a Design administrator

    So this is what our industry has been reduced to- designers begging for scraps from a clients table?


    Mercy : Design Agency and Literature & Arts Collective : London / Liverpool : UK
  2. Stationery Direct

    Stationery Direct Administrator Staff Member

    Similar concept to..... Logo Design, Web Design, Design Contests | ...which has been around years.

    Don't have time to comment further now but I agree with you, basically designers designing with little or no chance of winning the job, even if they do they get paid peanuts!! Unfortunately as long as there are idiots prepared to do this people will try their luck.
  3. Katedesign

    Katedesign Well-Known Member

    Horrendous - but every idiot with a computer is a graphic designer these days (or a web designer!)

    I may become a beekeeper!
  4. SparkCreative

    SparkCreative Member

    lol yep. I'm beginning to get pissed off with being undercut by them too. And when you see what the client finally got, you understand why it cost so little. Scary thing is, some clients can't see the difference. I think the only way to go is to differentiate with quality and substance behind what you do, as oppose to just using the latest technique you found on one of those idiotic '20 best new drop shadow' lists.
  5. Site Engine

    Site Engine Member

    Don't stress about being undercut. A very large percentage of my business comes from redesigning something that hasn't been done right in the first place. The penny will drop eventually.
  6. mr_bear

    mr_bear New Member

    ive entered a couple of contests on 99 designs.

    I feel its a good way to get material for building up a basic portfolio. It's good practice too.

    my 2 cents anyway
  7. SparkCreative

    SparkCreative Member

    And once you've built up your basic portfolio, you'll never be able to use it to get any real paid work because of all the idiots willing to do things for free.
  8. dot design

    dot design Member

    Yeah it isn't great that's certain but as with many business sectors or services, there are levels of value and cost.

    From McDonalds to Gordon Ramsey, Lidli's to Waitrose, Cheap cider to Champayne...if you produce good work, add value and come up with well thought out solutions then I wouldn't worry about these sites there is probably room for everyone.

    That said design companies using these sites to get concepts together and then sell on to the client at inflated rates, now that is disgusting!
  9. SparkCreative

    SparkCreative Member

    Spot on. Particularly the last bit.
  10. I got the same email..

    thought the same thing. Scam! Basically taking advantage of people

    If you want to build your portfolio, I recommend doing things for local businesses not this kind of crap.

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