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A Graphic Designer's Craigslist Ad Against Free Work

Adele Peters

Have you ever asked a graphic designer friend to help you make a logo or website for free? You wouldn't be alone. In fact, it's not uncommon for total strangers to ask designers for free work. An LA-based designer decided to turn the tables and post a Craigslist of his own, asking other professionals to do free work for *him*. In this interview, he explains why he thinks businesses try to score free work, and what young designers should do instead if they're trying to get experience.

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  • Jack Giambanco's called going the extra mile and if you do it without being taken advantage of..then you are good.

  • Hannah Kim

    Yes I agree. I know that sometimes free work can help out (i.e. unpaid internships for college students) but this guy makes a good point when he says that the people who ask for free services don't understand what designers do and are just being rude. very interesting read!

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Great insight. Although, I think working for free has helped lead me to paid work. I think it depends on the nature of the relationship with the person that asks.

    • Adele Peters

      Definitely- I think there's a place for it, and it can make sense especially when someone wants to work with a nonprofit they care about. But in general it seems like everyone, including nonprofits, tend to underestimate the difficulty of design work (especially the amount of time involved), and getting free work doesn't help them value it more...seems especially bad coming from the businesses he's talking about seeing in ads on Craigslist, who could and should pay...