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Spec You? | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

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Could someone fill me in about how this isn’t spec work please? url: http://www.lordandtaylor.com/directmail/rosecontest_landing.jsp

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  • http://designnotes.info/ michaelsurtees

    Approve

    On Mar 29, 2008, at 4:08 AM, Disqus <notifications-

  • charlenemcbride

    hah, you usually see this sort of thing on Craigslist.

  • http://www.selikoffco.com JonSel

    That was my first thought as well, Michael. If I had to say whether this is a particularly egregious use of the contest, I'd probably say it isn't. They are searching, essentially, for a stylistic interpretation as opposed to a strategically-based design. Is that splitting hairs? Maybe so… Still, many people will spend hours and hours and will receive no compensation for their time and that's the crux of the matter.

  • http://designnotes.info/ michaelsurtees

    “They are searching, essentially, for a stylistic interpretation as opposed to a strategically-based design.” is a great way of explaining it and yes a lot of people will spend a lot of effort w/ no compensation for their work which doesn't sit well w/ me.

  • debbie millman

    I think it's spec. Ugh.