AMA: Sarah Parmenter

almost 7 years ago from Sarah Parmenter, Founder, You Know Who

  • Sarah ParmenterSarah Parmenter, almost 7 years ago

    I've downed tools for the following reasons before:

    • It was something I wouldn't feel comfortable putting my name to. • It encouraged something in an industry I personally feel anger towards, like animal cruelty. • It would set a bad example going forward for our industry as a whole. i.e. doing a website for £50 with a promise of new work in the future, or contributing to spec work, no matter what the "prize".

    In general, people who wish to implement dark patterns onto their sites, and I, do not blend well together. I'm the type of person to call it out and tell them, rather than just delete the email request or pretend it didn't happen. I've said goodbye to thousands of pounds over the years, simply because I couldn't stand by what they were trying to do. Other people will not have the same morals as you though; trying not to feel hurt by this is the key.

    I always educate though. Always. The same as I always educate on spec work. We need to. We're a relatively small industry - we're all doing each other a favour by educating someone, even if it's just a sentence.

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    • Dave H, almost 7 years ago

      Some great advice – I think "..something I wouldn't feel comfortable putting my name to." really sums it up.

      I actually work in-house which adds to the complication as my advice could be overruled and downing tools may mean just leaving. However what you've suggested is generally how I choose to approach this subject. It's very difficult in this situation if you appear to be the one that "always has an issue" with something.

      Thanks again

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