Dan Cassaro AKA youngjerks.com had a badass response to Showtime about a design "contest".
Nice! But, why the hell is Dan up at 6:00 a.m. answering emails?
Because he's a legend, plain and simple.
Im glad he stood up for all of us, I just wish he hadn't gone with a sarcastic tone. The message could have gone a lot further, in my opinion, with a straightforward, less passive aggressive approach. I wish he had been more professional.
If you followed this guy on twitter, you'd realize this is his professional approach. 1,000 likes on twitter makes it seem like the sarcastic thing was pretty effective at getting the message out there.
1,000 likes of designers who feel vindicated? Of course we like it. I'm not so sure about the sender of that email and other businesses who don't understand the value of design. You could still say the exact same things, same message, same facts, but in stead of doing it in a passive aggressive and sarcastic way, it could have shown his professionalism. In stead he makes his point, while also making him seem like the immature and unprofessional person they see all designers as.
Thats my opinion. His message was still correct, and the sender was in the wrong.
You're probably right. Hopefully others will be inspired to respond to offers like this with the same values for our profession.
"and feel free to share with your peers!"
And that he did :)
On the topic, I'm so fed up of hearing, '...but we don't have much of a budget.'
To play devil's advocate: assuming the designer retains all rights to his artwork (of course, that's sadly not always the case), I don't see anything wrong with this kind of contest.
But yes, that was a great reply :)
I agree they are able to run a contest with a call for entries, but don't you think it's insulting to ask a professional to produce work for free, on the chance that he could win a trip to vegas?
Why not seek out people that ARE looking for attention, and could benefit a lot from it, like students, interns, young hungry designers?
Sure, the way they're asking is a bit insulting. But I just meant a design contest in itself is not always a horrible thing.
No its not, but it depends on who is hosting, it and what is for. If its for a charity, then ya its great to do a contest but if it is for a boxing match that will make millions hosted by a company that makes millions then it just seems sad. Its worse when they ask a professional designer directly to do work for free when they should be paying him/her.
Awesome response. I got to see Dan give a lecture a while back — great dude. Great work, too.
Thanks for giving me a seizure with that background, youngjerks.com
Gotta live up to the name, lol!
Admittedly, it reads awkwardly, but "Young Jerks" refers to a singular entity, therefore "doesn't" is correct.
This. Guy. Legend. :')
God damn that was great.
This is amazing.