rkuchinsky wrote:Despite what you may have heard and all the contests out there, I think you will find the good designers don't participate in this kind of spec work.
While this may be true for some it is not true for all. I work at MESH01 and our community has many talented and accomplished designers that like to compete in their spare time.
There are a lot of designers in the community that just like the freedom of a competition. It allows them to work on only the projects that they want to do, or on something a little different than at their daily job. Some designers are looking for recognition or to make extra money, others are just having fun. Either way a brand gets designers working on a project because they want to rather than because their boss assigned it.
Just because someone is a great designer does not mean that they are the best for your particular job. Design competitions allow you to find the best designer for your job.
There are design competition sites out there that do take advantage of designers, but we work very hard to differentiate ourselves from them and to be fair. We try to limit the amount of up front work required before winners are chosen, and we compensate those winners fairly. Even if a brand is only looking for one design we compensate more than just the first place designer.
Most importantly we are open to comments and suggestions as to how we can be better for designers.
Trebaxgroup: Not all projects are right for a competition. Design competitions should be fun and fair. I sent you a PM, I would be more than happy to talk with you to see if MESH01 or design competitions are right for you.