“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.”
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’s in Thailand, I’m in Northern Ireland) but we often exchange emails about the design profession. The campaign she runs has been on my radar since I started in self-employment — you’ll have seen me mention it from time to time.
Cat and I agreed that a site revamp was in order — one that would put the focus firmly on the message — so I offered to create a fresh look. Our chat went like this:
Me: What’s the brief?
Me: Ok, how about this?
Cat: I like it.
Here’s the before and after:
The new layout was ably coded by Jay of FastCoconut.
You might see a bug or two, or some copy that’s relevant to the old design. If you have 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. Here’s a small sample of posts:
- Comments on Spec Work and Crowdsourcing
- A Design Analogy
- Interviewing Debbie Millman
- Why Speculation Hurts