Q+A: To Spec or Not To Spec

Wednesday, October 28th 2015 Q + A

A few weeks ago I got an email from a friend, who as a new designer, wanted to know a bit about spec/comp work without actually asking about spec/comp work – because they didn’t know it was a thing. But it is, and it’s a big thing designers and developers have had to deal with way back since everyone likes to get things for as little as possible (ie. For-ev-er).

According to AIGA, spec work is considered:

Speculative or “spec” work: work done for free, in hopes of getting paid for it

In other words, you do the work and then the client decides after seeing it if they want to pay for it. This is an issue in a lot of fields, but espcially designers, developers and online creators. Hell there is a whole site deticated to it, and why it’s wrong. Their question though had to do with the one thing that absolutely should never even be mentioned alongside ‘free,’ or ‘spec work’.

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