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Start Up Britain promoting US crowd sourcing site 99 Designs for Logos, WTF!!

Discussion in 'Logo Design & Brand Identity Forum:' started by Stationery Direct, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. Stationery Direct

    Stationery Direct Administrator Staff Member

  2. Eagle

    Eagle Member

  3. Stationery Direct

    Stationery Direct Administrator Staff Member

    Isn't it a government backed scheme?
     
  4. Eagle

    Eagle Member

    Yes, they're actively promoting 99designs.com

    Boycott? Not half!
     
  5. dedwardp

    dedwardp Member

    You'd have thought the government would want to be encouraging the use of UK business, surely?
     
  6. Eagle

    Eagle Member

    Please tweet this travesty and get the message out there. :icon_cheers:
     
  7. Ian Bonner

    Ian Bonner Member

    Absolute disgrace. But are we really surprised?
     
  8. Minuteman Press

    Minuteman Press Moderator

    Astonishing. WTF?
     
  9. Eagle

    Eagle Member

    Please don't just sit there - take action. Tweet, email, write!
     
  10. Minuteman Press

    Minuteman Press Moderator

    Agreed. Sent in my email 2 mins ago.
     
  11. Ian Bonner

    Ian Bonner Member

    I've emailed them for someone to complain to.
     
  12. CYoung

    CYoung Member

    Is this a joke? How can the government bang on about helping the private sector recover, then throw this out to a US company when thousands of people are gonna use this. Not to mention the fact it's the website in question....plus they advise on these:

    * Crowdspring Logo and web design
    * 99 Designs Logo and web design
    * Fiverr Buy and sell services
    * Bitsy Design and media
    * Concept Cuboard Low cost design services

    Saving money has a place but this is free advertising for these companies giving a total disadvantage to designers like Mark - surely the government has to be impartial on these things?

    Where do I complain?
     
  13. dedwardp

    dedwardp Member

    Well... is it free advertising, or have they paid a fair sum to the government to do this?

    That wouldn't make it right, of course, but it isn't necessarily free advertising.
     
  14. CYoung

    CYoung Member

    True, but like you say, the other possibility is that they paid to do it which I think would be worse than getting there free of charge lol.
     
  15. Eagle

    Eagle Member

    The fact is; this aspect of the site (and perhaps many others?) is ill-conceived at best, extremely damaging to UK business at worst. We at UK Business Labs might have supported it but for this... PR disaster.
     
  16. SparkCreative

    SparkCreative Member

    Email sent, Twitter rant posted. Appalling.
     
  17. dot design

    dot design Member

    I thought I'd calmed down but I can feel it bubbling to the surface again. Yesterday I ranted all day about this, anyone wishing to see swear words and lots of moaning see my twitter stream.

    This is pretty much my view on it all..

    It's disgraceful and extremely disappointing to see StartUp'BRITAIN' supporting a US based design site that uses designers from all over the world in a largely unpaid competition format. Rather than supporting British designers!

    Other than that the content seems unimaginative and it seems like many large corps offering / advertising very small discounts to startups, eg: 10% off.

    Very disappointing. :icon_cursing: :icon_cursing:
     
  18. Stationery Direct

    Stationery Direct Administrator Staff Member

    Yeah and with a little searching around startups would probably get a much better deal elsewhere anyway.
     
  19. linziloop

    linziloop Member

    I too was furious when i read this news, it's ridiculous that the government are clearly not supporting UK business, in a time when they would say our economy needs rescuing, why not keep the money in the UK?!
     
  20. dot design

    dot design Member

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