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February 18, 2013


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Seriously?... 99Designs was awarded People's Choice Award for mass crowd sourcing??!.... FUCK YOU. For those who don't know what 99Design is, this is how they operate.

1. Say for example that you are a client who is looking for a logo design.

2. You pitch what you are looking for and a budget onto that website.

3. Massive number of desperate and ignorant graphic designers 'compete' to submit MASSIVE amounts of designs, and the winner gets paid mayyybe the cost of groceries for a week.

This is essentially Craig's List... but endorsed on a professional level.

Hey you want a good design? If you see one that you like, YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE TO PAY FOR IT!!! Just hire another schmuck and copy that 'winner's' design and you'll have a FREE logo!!!! INSTANT PROFITTTTTT

If you don't believe me, go on their website and read their client testimonials ===>

"When you hire one designer you're stuck with their aesthetic and their concept. With 99designs, you get ideas from many different people."

"We have a designer, but he can't do everything himself. [With 99designs] we got ten times the results for a fraction of the cost."

"[If I hired a single designer] I would have no guarantee that the actual outcome would have been anywhere near the same."

REALLY?!??!?!? Tell me you also keep starved Mexican and Chinese kids in your basements doing all your projects for your big clients!!!

Seriously.... how does a website like LinkedIn or New York City give you a Webby Award for your scumbaggery... Go kill yourself 99Devil's Dick.
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CatalanoMedia Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
i started watching you for your art.
Your journals are the icing on the cake.
290Pika Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Filmographer
The only time I don't mind design contests is when it's done by a non-profit group (such as an animal shelter, a food pantry, etc. whose monetary efforts are best spent elsewhere), or within some organization that gives back to its members (for instance, my honors college hosts design contests on occasion, like for formal posters or tees).

But this website is just degrading. >_<
Beowulf22121 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
I'll never use a site like that. Don't care if it's cheaper, it's about paying a professional to do a good job. Another example: I could save a dollar a book to have comic books shipped to me, but I get my books from a local shop, because he's gone through the trouble to open a shop and keep up with all the lore. Plus the only local grocery store to carry the books is usually a month behind.
Lionheartssj Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Eff that. That has to be illegal on some level.
JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
These sites are just killing the business, as they devalue artists credibility and years of hard work. I tried them (elance, freelancer etc) and quickly moved away from them. I still get people contacting me now asking for a super huge, super high detailed image (a week or 2's work) and they expect it for free or about $30, as they get their pricing ideas from these wonderful slave labor sites.
Artists just aren't taken seriously, and probably never will. As one person told me "artist's arn't exactly skilled and trained, like a waiter or a cashier, so shouldn't be paid as one."
Funny how the clients always want an amazing image with hundreds of revisions as the image is "so important' yet they see the artist as a "unskilled slave".
Armonah Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Those testimonials are just rife with disrespect. Yes, when you hire a designer you get their aesthetic. That is the point. That's why you look at their portfolios and decide for yourself if their style suits you.

I just hate that attitude that art or artists are disposable, people to be exploited rather than engage in a professional relationship with. And I hate sites like these that capitalize on it... and end up making a lot of money as a result. :disbelief:
RichardPace Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah, it's another website proudly making money off of getting people to say fuck you to using developed skills to earn a living.

These sort of prize cattle calls would always get shit on at respectable web sites (hmm, that doesn't really go together, but fuck it), but now that sort of sleazy abuse of talented designers has its own home on the interwebz.

ArtMagix Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Richard. Funny thing that when I showed it to my boss, and he said that people who are working professionally shouldn't be worried because guarantee 99% of the works submitted on that site is garbage, and their quality of skills and results can never match ours. Clients who are cheap will pay for a peanut result. However he also said that for people who are serious on establishing a good enterprise will pay proper time and investment for good images regarding to their company. But he also shares our concern that, we must educate young artists so that they're not unknowingly being exploited in the future. If more people are educated about this, then future sites like this would die off so fast.
Loone-Wolf Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Most of the times i just want to blame the profit oriented people and their marketing stuff... Seriously, it's hard to get them to realize it's not just marketing and not just design, more like we need to work together and appreciate each other.
ArtMagix Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
They're as part of the problem as those who are unaware of this exploited system, and the best way to slow this trend down is to pass the word along. Please share this with any starting artists or your friends!
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