Spec Watch

The SpecWatch Papers

An dated anthology of SpecWatch Twitter bulletins and news reports. Online version.

"To be clear, in projects marked "Guaranteed" it is the buyer offering the guarantee, not crowdSPRING"
Feb 22nd 2012 from web (we're back)

Winning logo in design contest is auto-traced image from iStock. Final artwork still contains iStock watermark.

Free vector icon entered into 99designs & Crowdspring contests. Icon wins logo contest on Crowdspring.
2:38 PM Dec 23rd from web

"The contest holder has decided not to award a winner" When paying designers for their work is optional
2:03 AM Jun 23rd from web

"Sorry guys!!" Logo design contest is suspended after 9 designers have already submitted entries
1:12 AM Jun 23rd from web

Logo design contest timeline. Closed. Extended. Closed early. Past due.
12:53 AM Jun 23rd from web

"Currently investigating this project for suspicious activity" More Credit Card fraud on crowdsourcing sites
12:27 AM Jun 23rd from web

"I'm not entirely convinced that my design is a legit copy" Stock art wins logo design contest. Then doesn't
12:25 AM Jun 23rd from web

"Today, we sent the buyer 48 hours notice concerning this project" 48 hours turns into 3 months.
12:17 AM Jun 23rd from web

"Hope you feel the wrath of everybody who worked for nothing" $750 logo contest. 72 entries 37 designers No winner
12:12 AM Jun 23rd from web

Big logo design contest and crowdsourcing sites vulnerability: Credit card fraud. Designers pick up the tab
9:19 AM Jun 22nd from web

"Maybe there should be a new category: 'Guaranteed - Sort of" 99designs logo contest. 91 entries. 36 designers
8:46 AM Jun 22nd from web

"this contest holder is obviously not playing by the rules" Held 5 contests on 99designs without any winner
8:29 AM Jun 22nd from web

We're not going to debate the ethics and/or morality of design contests and crowdsourcing. So why SPECWATCH?
7:52 AM Jun 22nd from web

Horror stories of spec work? Examples of copied work being submitted to design contests or crowdsourcing sites? Hit us up @specwatch
7:48 AM Jun 22nd from web

"images were found online in the Google Images. They may be subject to copyright. Not sure."
7:45 AM Jun 22nd from web

Inspirational! Crowdspring used 99designs to design their logo http://99designs.com/contes...
7:19 AM Jun 22nd from web

"We hear you loud and clear" 99designs logo design contest. 518 submissions. 179 designers. No winner listed
7:14 AM Jun 22nd from web

"Will there be a decision on this anytime soon?" Crowdspring web design contest. Closed April 24.
7:03 AM Jun 22nd from web

"it's just a coincidence" 99designs logo design contest. 346 entries. 118 designers. No winner. CH taking ideas?
6:42 AM Jun 22nd from web

SPECWATCH propaganda - logos, banners and internet graffiti.
6:13 AM Jun 22nd from web

"It's past due. We're on it" Crowdspring logo design contest. Ended May 21 w/55 entries. As of June 22, no winner
6:08 AM Jun 22nd from web

We're not going to debate the ethics and/or morality of design contests and crowdsourcing. So why SPECWATCH?
2:16 PM Jun 21st from web

"They make a fake account and sumit a design in their own contest so they don't have to pay! haha."
1:01 PM Jun 21st from web

Spec Work is Evil | Why I Hate Crowdspring by Andrew Hyde
Jun 21st from web

"Amount is too low for amount of work required" Package design contest withdrawn AFTER 64 designs are submitted
12:27 PM Jun 21st from web

"Am paying in total $230 for a logo and don't need to settle" Logo contest. 65 designs. 15 designers. No winner
12:10 PM Jun 21st from web

"I can't select a winner and I've wasted my money" "99designs. $350 logo design contest. 54 entries. 25 designers
11:52 AM Jun 21st from web

"funds will be held until a chargeback is no longer possible" How poss. credit card chargebacks hold up payment
11:27 AM Jun 21st from web

T-Shirt design contest. Ended April 28 w/122 submissions. As of June 21, contests remains "past due, we're on it"
11:15 AM Jun 21st from web

Horror stories of spec work? Examples of copied work being submitted to design contests or crowdsourcing sites? DM us @specwatch
3:03 PM Jun 20th from web

Accusation of logo plagiarism on Crowdspring http://snurl.com/crowdsink Submission removed but creative still active
3:01 PM Jun 20th from web

"I BEG OF GUYS TO PICK A DAMN WINNER ALREADY!!!" $600 Logo contest. 79 entries. 44 designers. No winner http://99designs.com/contes...
2:53 PM Jun 20th from web

Crowdsourcing sites respect designer's time? $700 logo contest. 346 entries. 118 designers. No winner. http://99designs.com/contes...
2:46 PM Jun 20th from web

Winning logo design entry on Crowdspring http://tinyurl.com/mhbcl7 Similar clip art everywhere http://tinyurl.com/m4yqbq
1:42 PM Jun 20th from web

First SpecWatch Tweet
Design Crowdsourcing, Contest & Spec sites told graphic designers to "Evolve or Die". Let's take a look at what that evolution means.
1:37 PM Jun 20th from web

Evolve or Die

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