An interesting question has been put to me via twitter after a little rant I had earlier today. Twitter "Do you think crowdsourcing graphic design will ever be as successful as open source software?" My rant that sparked it... Twitter His reply, followed by mine...Twitter Basically, it's being suggested that crowdsourcing graphic design should be seen simply as a cheap alternative for people who don't have the budget/think it's a waste of money to pay for the expertise of a real designer, much in the same way that open source software is often a free alternative to paying for commercial software. It's an interesting, if a little skewed, analogy, and whilst I'm sure that open source alternatives can affect the profits of software developers, is it really the same? To create software, no matter how rudimentary, requires knowledge of the language you're programming in. Design, being a visual medium, is seen as being easy where all the hard work is being done by the software. What's everyone's opinion on this statement? Also, feel free to join in the discussion and retweet on twitter since I'd love to hear what other people think.