Some blame for the proliferation of “design contests” must fall on the design community itself. For a great many designers, such activities appear to be an opportunity to gain some quick income. In the excitement of the moment it is often forgotten that winning is not a sure thing and the “fine print’ of the competition rules may be even more detrimental to a designer. The only thing worse than a client, or potential client, who does not value the efforts of a professional graphic designer, is a designer who doesn’t appreciate the value of their own time and work. Participation in such “competitions” certainly devalues the efforts of the creative individual and encourages others in the business community to seek inexpensive design work in a similar manner.
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Note: I thought I would post this article on bLog-oMotives as I have seen links to it being posted on various forums more and more lately. The article has also appeared on the site of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, on TheCreativeForum.com, at Commpiled.com and on other Internet sites.
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