Nascent Ideas


Spec Work and Competitions
May 25, 2008, 8:09 am
Filed under: Competition, Design, drawing, Fashion, Illustration, news, Pop Culture, Screen Printing

Any illustrator/designer will know the pitfalls of spec work, working for free for the possibility of “winning” a competition to have their design used. They’re all over the place and in general if you’re picked then it will have been worth the effort, if you’re not picked then it’s just a waste of time. I came across a competition today to design a t-shirt for “X-Large” a label that I used to respect quite a lot and that in the past has used designs by Geoff McFetridge amongst others. The competition has the normal provisos that all designs will be the property of X-Large etc etc but what struck me was how bad the “prizes” were. Three runners up win

  • A free T-Shirt with the winning design.
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to XLarge.com.

And the winner wins

  • Worldwide recognition for designing an official XLarge T-shirt.
  • 5 free T-Shirts with the design to show off.
  • $100 Gift Certificate to XLarge.com.

Doesn’t that strike anyone as quite bad? Add to that their track record for these competitions, they held one in the past that appears to have had no winners at all and I’d suggest that entering is probably a waste of time.

Anyway, if you still want to enter you can do so here.

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