Ask DN: Why don't designers get free 'swag' from providers when developers do?

almost 6 years ago from , Creative director at Onespacemedia. Twitter: @dellar

Today our developers received stickers, stress toys, tee shirts and hoodies from our providers. Why don't the designer community get involved in this 'swag' trend?


  • Casey BrittCasey Britt, almost 6 years ago

    Because I wouldn't wear it.

    7 points
  • Maurice CherryMaurice Cherry, almost 6 years ago

    DId you ask your providers why?

    4 points
  • Corin EdwardsCorin Edwards, almost 6 years ago

    Designers are less likely to want ugly t-shirts

    2 points
  • Thompson GeorgeThompson George, almost 6 years ago

    Pardon my ignorance, but what do you mean by provider?

    2 points
  • Jonathan ShariatJonathan Shariat, almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

    Invision subscription for teams: 99/mo, gets you a free t-shirt

    AWS bills for a small team: ~$4,000/mo

    New Relic Bill for small team: $400/mo

    Those number get much bigger for enterprise clients, while design tools still remain small.

    My guess is that there is just more money in the game for dev tools and more competitors.

    1 point
  • Andrew Berg, almost 6 years ago

    There is a (probably justified) stereotype in industry that developers are a crass, boorish bunch of bro's, whereas designers tend to have a modicum of both self-respect and taste. Thus the tendency to give swag to developers, who will think it is "Fricking Awesome, Dude!!" rather than to designers who will just sneer at it derisively. :)

    0 points
  • barry saundersbarry saunders, almost 6 years ago

    Because designers don't make technical platform decisions, usually.

    0 points
  • Thompson GeorgeThompson George, almost 6 years ago

    Because they can't code.

    0 points
  • Joshua TurnerJoshua Turner, almost 6 years ago

    Developers can contribute more to vendors in way of FOSS, where as designers aren't able to 'share' as many resources specifically related to a provider.

    This is obviously just a guess.

    0 points
  • Bady QbBady Qb, almost 6 years ago

    Good points, maybe dev contribute more than desigener

    0 points