Over on the Alan Gardner‘s excellent blog The Daily Cartoonist I found a link via Tom Spurgeon‘s excellent blog The Comic Reporter to this excellent post concerning the solicitation of creative work for free. I have written about this topic before here and here, and previously linked to the video above, which was mentioned in the comment discussion on the Daily Cartoonist. Another great (and funny) example of this kind of thing is an e-mail exchange between a graphic designed and an art director who was trying to get him to do some graphs and graphics for nothing that was floating about the interwebby recently but I can;t seem to find the kink… anybody know what I’m referring to?.
The bottom line is simply that a professional creative person makes a living creating whatever it is they create, and they should not give that work away for nothing. I’m not talking about stuff for a charity or causes that someone wishes to support, I’m talking about a commercial endeavor that someone else stands to make a profit on… or at least expects to.
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