Though I am usually too busy to enter competitions generally – I always love looking through the entries and see the different takes, interpretations, artistic styles and creative ideas. I often feel tempted to enter – but never seem to find the time.
A recent debate on the blog of Carsonified led me to finally make some time and just play around :-) What really sparked me off was the attitude shown by some of the commenters on this blog post, written by Keir Whitaker: New Competition: Design the FOWD 2009 Holding Slide
Recently it seems Carsonified are being criticised for no particular reason I can understand. This competition is to create a slide for the FOWD – to be shown, projected onto the presentation screen inbetween sessions. One design would be chosen and win, later on a free ticket was added as prize as well. Paul Boag posted a flippant remark – teasing: “hmm… this feels a lot like speculative design to me! ;-) ” (quoted from the blog post, comment #1) — note the smilie face at the end of his comment.
What followed was an outburst of criticism ad nastiness against Carsonified and this competition – claiming this indeed was spec work and therefore out of order and even disgusting. I really could not quite believe what I was reading… Whatever happened to designing for fun? To simply take some time to play? Do something without strict brief and only loose requirements? — how liberating and fun that might actually be :-)
Paul was quite take back by the reaction he had unintentionally triggered off and responded in a videoclip – to clarify: What is speculative design work?
(if you want to read more about spec work from Paul: check out his “Why speculative design is wrong” post as well).
So after all that – I just wanted to enter this competition, to make a point. I don’t feel too good for it (like some of the posters on the blog seem to feel) — and I appreciate all the comments pointing out the freedom of a little bit of creative time. Today was also the deadline for another contest – see below. Again, the winner will gain – the rest will have spent some free creative time and nothing else, fine by me :)
So here are the 2 competitions I recently entered – it’s not too late for for you to enter yet, by the way :)
- I Heart Blogging design contest by WordPress and Infectious
and if you can spare a minute – would appreciate your vote on my submission :)
UPDATE :: please don’t worry about voting here – I have just just realised that you will need to register in order to rate any design. I am really against sites forcing users to register in order to vote or leave comments. So I am not asking anyone to do this unless you want to. You could just have a look if you fancy it ;)
- New Competition: Design the FOWD 2009 Holding Slide by Carsonified
would love to hear your thoughts on either or both of my slide submissions: design #1 & design #2 :)