Are Designers Stingy?

2 years ago from Juan J. Ramirez, Another Designer

  • Simone Simone , 2 years ago

    When price is within certain boundaries, its not a matter of income disparity as much as Its a matter of perceived value. A dark theme for Sketch is useless to some and valuable to others.

    You partially bring up the most interesting part of the question, which is the cultural aspect: certain things used to be free (nobody ever thought of charging for theming an app, since the IP there is pretty much zero - https://www.adiumxtras.com being a great example of that). And I have the feeling that people who have been involved in design for a shorter period of time have not experienced that.

    I think the real question is why are (younger?) designers trying to make a buck off each other instead of truly contributing to the community?

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    • Nicholas van der WalleNicholas van der Walle, 2 years ago

      Sorry, but I'm old enough to remember software "skins" being sold in the late 90's already. Did a quick Google search but sadly can't find references anymore. Not much new on this planet.

      I personally woudn't buy a theme like this. But then again, I don't buy wallpaper for my house either ;)

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      • Simone Simone , 2 years ago

        I'm not saying it was never done before, you're always going to find an outlier example. I'm saying it wasn't necessarily customary, or it was done in a way that could still contribute to the larger community. Think about The Iconfactory: they had free and paid icon sets.

        Monetization is a new cultural phenomenon (IG, Youtube, Steemit, Twitch) and I would be surprised if there was not a correlation between the two.

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    • John Doe, 2 years ago

      Since when charging for products is considered “making a buck off of each other”?

      What have you truly contributed to the community?

      2 points