Dialogue initiated by Oscar Blanco on:

Main illustration of the article Design Contests

Jorge Illich Carpinteyro

Design Contests

Contests aren't the cause of the main structural problems of the design profession, but an excellent reflection of such problems.

Read this article

Portrait of Oscar Blanco
4
Oscar Blanco
May 2014

A very good article with a lot of insight on the matter!

This is one of the main tendencies that really weaken the position of designers as PROFESSIONALS.

It lends itself specially for crowd sourcing, meaning, that the outcome could simply be the contest poster walking away with "good ideas" and later hiring the lowest bidder to simply do a "trace over" of one or several "good ideas".

Thatʼs why I like elance.com, you compete only with budget and time, not ideas or proposals. The down side: you compete with people who budget ANYTHING under $10 (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc).

1
Reply

Might interest you

Portrait of Fernando Del Vecchio
Author:
Fernando Del Vecchio
Title:
A passion for design
Synopsis:
Who doesn't want to feel passion for what he or she likes, and loves?
Translations:
Share:
Interactions:
Votes:
5
Followers:
740
Portrait of Sebastián Vivarelli
Author:
Sebastián Vivarelli
Title:
Making a Living as a Designer
Synopsis:
Why designers'compensation continues to be so low? A question that still calling for an answer.
Translations:
Share:
Interactions:
Votes:
4
Comments:
1
Followers:
295
Portrait of Alvaro Magaña
Author:
Alvaro Magaña
Title:
Design: accomplice or ally to consumption?
Synopsis:
In response to the article “Sign consumption”, the question arises: which is, or should be, design's relationship with economical culture?
Translations:
Share:
Interactions:
Votes:
0
Followers:
99
Portrait of Lorena Garcia Hidalgo
Author:
Lorena Garcia Hidalgo
Title:
Why Does the Client Think Different?
Synopsis:
When a client rejects our work is usually because we do not take their opinion into account. We think that it is only us, the designers, who have the knowlegde.
Translations:
Share:
Interactions:
Votes:
5
Comments:
2
Followers:
6
Portrait of Fernando Del Vecchio
Author:
Fernando Del Vecchio
Title:
And where are the opportunities?
Synopsis:
Somebody has a problem and somebody has the answer to that problem, but... ¿How can we do to meet this couple?
Translations:
Share:
Interactions:
Votes:
3
Followers:
740
Portrait of Ana Yago
Author:
Ana Yago
Title:
Purity
Synopsis:
The role of photography is still the same: to portray a moment. Real or imagined, the look of the creative is always there, seeing what others will see before shooting.
Translations:
Share:
Interactions:
Votes:
3
Comments:
1
Followers:
17