I heard that a few of my Filipino designer friends joined an online web design contest. I never made any comment because I was just not in the mood to debate and argue at the time. I have never joined a design contest online since instinctively I felt it would not be right or beneficial for me or the person I was making it for.
No Guaranteed Payment of Work
Simply put, it’s exploitation for the designer and bad for the industry. They make the losers gullible enough to believe that you’ll at least have something to show in your portfolio which I think is a ridiculous argument.
- Would you walk into a restaurant and ask the chefs to prepare several entrees for you because you are hungry and you’ll pay for the one you like?
- If you were on trial for a crime would you ask 99 attorneys to post their proposed defense of your case to a web site so you could pick what you felt was the best?
New Business Model
Some argue it’s how the business model for graphic designing is changing. That’s a whole load of crap. It’s changing for the worse if that’s what they meant.
I feel sorry for the designers out there who give time and effort in this blatant abuse of their profession. Squabbling over the table scraps of uncaring clients. Let them worry about the next designer who comes along promising to do the same shitty work one hour faster for one dollar less. Their frustration will never end. Respect yourself enough to know you’re valuable and walk away from any pathetic contest ideas. You need to get paid for your work,
I hope I helped you understand the subject. The more designers who realize how unfair the very idea of these design contests are, and who realize that they are worth much more, the better the industry will be in the future. Check out my portfolio if you need professional logo and web design done. At the end of the day you need dedicated one-on-one personal attention to get the best results.