So the Obama 2012 campaign just launched an effort to design artwork in support of
Stimulus Part IIJobs Plan and re-election. A bit late on the Jobs Plan…but that might be a hallmark for this administration. The top three selected “winners” will be given framed copies of their artwork autographed by the President. However, here is the kicker: artists who submit works will not get paid for their work and they must relinquish rights to the artwork.
Matt Bors, a syndicated artist was quoted on the Huffington Post:
“Everyone’s time is wasted except for the winner, and they’re not even compensated,” said Bors, whose work has appeared in The Nation and The Village Voice, among other outlets. “It brings down rates for everybody. Just imagine this scenario with any other profession. You don’t have contests with your plumber.”
The article continues later with:
When asked about the Obama design contest, Mark Collins, the U.K.-based artist who founded AntiSpec.com, directed HuffPost to a blog post on his website, in which he panned the campaign for not hiring designers: “Obama’s use of spec work here sends a clear message to businesses everywhere that harvesting potentially 1,000s of free design hours is acceptable to promote your business/cause. It isn’t. Worse still it reinforces spec work in the minds of young designers.”
We all know about the Obama Administration’s fascination with logos and artwork. So now they are pissing off a group that is generally supportive of Democrats – again, the Obama Amateur Hour continues. You would think that they would have noodled this through.
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