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NYC's Freelancers Union issues web design contest

This just in the inbox and RSS reader:

Freelancers Union is issuing an open call for new designs for our homepage. The entries will be voted on by our members, with the designer of the winning submission receiving a contract to redesign our site. For more details, visit the competition page.

 The Freelancers Union has been on the discussion boards of nextNY recently, as members discuss and recommend different options in the City for getting cheap health insurance. Now nextNYers (or any web desiger in the NYC area) can compete for a contract to completely overhaul the Union’s site.

 More information can be found at the Freelancers Union blog and contest page.

 Who’s betting on a nextNY member winning this?

Nate Westheimer es el jefe de Lower East Side-based BricaBox, LLC — soon launching VentBox.com — and blogs at innonate.com

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It has been brought to our attention that you are in the process of choosing a graphic design firm to produce communications materials for your organization. We are concerned that your request for proposals includes a solicitation of design concepts to be produced on a
speculative basis by the studios you are considering. As the largest national association representing designers, producers and buyers of graphics, AIGA has developed policies
intended to maintain the integrity of our industry and to ensure the highest standards possible in graphic design. As a professional buyer of design, it is important that you are
aware of these policies and the rationale behind them. AIGA strongly discourages the practice of requesting that design work be produced and submitted on a speculative basis in
order to be considered for acceptance on a project.

There are several reasons for this policy:
Choosing a designer or design firm based on the look of speculative, preliminary design concepts reduces a significant decision—one that could well determine one’s success in the
marketplace—to nothing more substantial than a beauty contest. Successful design buyers realize that the right designer understands the buyer’s products and/or services, their
market and their goals. These buyers are aware that successful design is not dictated by personal tastes. Instead, it is produced through a clear understanding of the buyer’s own
communication objectives and a solid working relationship with a professional designer whom they trust and with whom they can work comfortably. Such designers can demonstrate, through the work in their portfolio, their talent as a designer and their ability to respond to the needs and objectives of their clients. The right designer understands and endorses the specific objectives of the buyer. This common understanding between a talented designer and a savvy buyer, combined with a mutual respect for the abilities and efforts of everyone involved in the process constitute the necessary ingredients required in producing well designed, successful communication materials.

Capable designers do not work for free. There is no substitute for quality work and the demand remains strong for those capable of providing it. Buyers who determine contracts
based on work provided for free are therefore relegated to choosing between those least capable of producing good, effective design. Requesting work for free reflects a lack of
understanding and respect for the value of effective design as well as the time of the professionals who are asked to provide it.

Also, for your information, here is the official policy of the AIGA [from Business and Ethical
Expectations for Professional Designers]:
• A designer shall not undertake any work for a client without adequate compensation, except with respect to work for charitable or nonprofit organizations.
• A designer shall not undertake any speculative projects, either alone or in competition with other designers, for which compensation will only be received if a design is accepted or used.
• This applies not only to entire projects but also to preliminary schematic proposals.
• A designer shall work only for a fee, a royalty, salary, or other agreed-upon form of compensation.
• A designer shall not retain any kickbacks, hidden discounts, commission, allowances, or
payment in kind from contractors or suppliers.

AIGA | the professional association for design www.aiga.org
164 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010
Tel 212 807 1990 Fax 212 807 1799
January 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAIGA

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