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  • Cora Hirashiki

    I love the Don Quixote one! A little off topic with the article, but I do believe that the modern covers will invite people who may be initially put off by the perceived stuffiness of the classics.

  • Marcelo Borges

    It looks great! I think that it can open the door for people who still don't know the aspects of art and what it involves. Therefore, it encourages people to look to the culture of a new point of view and interact with the content. In Brazil, we have the website called "Domínio Publico", it is excellent for who want to meet the culture and it inspired me to buy books of authors I have felt inspired, and I decided to value the artist and the work. I really believe that it can change the world.

  • Aaron Perry-Zucker

    Thanks for the comment Dan! We are very sensitive about the ethics of spec work. I am, after all, one of those designers who has invested considerably in my career. We don't run "contests" for that very reason. Everyone who contributes to our campaigns does so because they care about the cause it is supporting and because they want to make work that they feel matters and be a part of a community of people that feel the same way, not for the money or for a single prize. We are aware of and concerned about the precedent crowdsourcing sets but for social impact design, there is very little money to begin with and it is our goal to setup a sustainable model that supports artists and causes and builds community.

    • simpatica

      Well -- if you're going to be sensitive about the ethics of spec work, and you have no money, then I'd say it behooves you to run a little kickstarter campaign or find backers so that you can actually pay people for work. Virtue in one area doesn't excuse malfeasance in another. The people who get professional exposure by doing this are people who can afford to work for free: rich kids, people with families supporting them, people with no obligations to other people. If you shrug and say, well, too bad for everyone else, I don't see how this is very much different from the behavior of legislators whose general philosophy is devil-take-the-hindmost. At a minimum, it's shockingly careless.

      Find a way to pay people you take work from, and pay a market rate. You're obviously enterprising people; go to it.

  • dan stiles

    They look great. I'm curious though. When you say "content creators should be reasonably compensated" did you consider the artists working on spec to do the covers? All these artists, many of whom have made considerable investments into their careers are working for free on the off chance that they win a contest in order to get paid. Does your auto mechanic work that way? Or your grocer? Crowdsourcing sets a horrible precedent.