I am a graphic designer but I am also a mom. My two worlds don’t often collide but every once in a while they do. This was the case with a recent identity program I created for changethestakes.org. You can read their complete manifesto but in short the organization is comprised of a growing group of volunteers concerned with the harm high stakes-testing is doing to our children and schools. They “believe high-stakes testing must be replaced by valid forms of student, teacher, and school assessment.”Read More
Let’s not pretend for a second that spec contests are good for designers.
Spec contests have worked out pretty well for transatlantic flight and mapping the human genome, but are more or less a poison for emerging designers. Those businesses who source their design work to internet-based spec contests are promoting a cynical race to the bottom and need to cut it out.
But just as the Bubonic Plague produced some neat triptychs and World War I some readable classic novels, there was once a spec contest that produced an icon of great design, and created the curious case of Gary Anderson. But the takeaway isn’t as simple as it may seem.Read More