I have always been very vocal in my stance against spec work, a system where design concepts are requested at the interview phase or as contest entries in order to qualify for the contract. That stance is made possible by the fact that I have the confidence and experience to recognise it and reject it. Of course, spec work is rarely targeted at (…ageing) professionals like me. It is usually aimed at young people who are just starting out and are in the most desperate and vulnerable phases of their careers.
And here is a classic, and shameful, example of that. Continue reading