“With legitimate design opportunities turning into calls for spec work at an increasing rate, it is our goal to arm designers with the tools they need to take a stand against this trend. We also aim to provide businesses with information on why spec work harms our industry.”
Quoted from the NO!SPEC website.
I’ve known Catherine Wentworth, NO!SPEC’s project manager, for a number of years now. We’ve yet to meet in person (she lives in Thailand, I’m in Northern Ireland) but we often exchange emails about the state of the design profession. The campaign she orchestrates has been on my radar ever since I started in self-employment, and you’ll have seen me mention it from time to time.
Cat and I agreed that a website revamp was in order — one that would put the focus firmly on the campaign message — so I offered to create a fresh look for NO!SPEC. Our discussions went like this:
David: Design brief?
David: Ok, how about this?
Cat: I like. Let’s go with it.
Web coding isn’t my strong point, so the design mockups were very ably coded of by Jay of FastCoconut.
The switch from old to new has just been made, so you might see a bug or two, or some copy that’s relevant to the old design. If you have any suggestions, or if you see something that looks out of the ordinary, I’m sure Cat would appreciate hearing from you.
Whether the NO!SPEC campaign is new to you or not, the site’s definitely worth a tweet/subscription. Here’s a very small sample of blog posts:
- Comments on Spec Work and Crowdsourcing
- A Design Analogy
- Interviewing Debbie Millman
- Why Speculation Hurts