Computer Arts - - Insight Design Matters -

“Spec work can in­volve a client ap­proach­ing a de­signer to sug­gest/ il­lus­trate how they would ap­proach a brief be­fore com­mit­ting to the pro­ject in writ­ing or form­ing a writ­ten con­tract. My ex­pe­ri­ence has been that many clients will ap­proach me for a quote with a very loosely-worded brief and re­quest my ideas for a de­sign (or two or three), in­clud­ing sketches and any writ­ten ideas I may have. I’ve also been asked to at­tend sev­eral meet­ings to dis­cuss the client’s pro­ject. I have made the mis­take of spend­ing far too much time on sketch­ing ideas and at­tend­ing meet­ings, with the pro­ject fail­ing to come to fruition. This has cost me greatly and now I try not to spend more than half a day on a pro­ject if a con­tract for the pro­ject has not been agreed. Also, it’s im­por­tant that any de­sign/sketch­ing has your sig­na­ture and con­fir­ma­tion of your copy­right.”

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