Why Designers Hate Crowdsourcing

Discussion on slashdot.

“Since Wired’s Jeff Howe coined the term in 2006, ‘crowdsourcing’ has been a buzzword in the tech industry, and a business model on the rise. 99designs.com is a site that hosts design contests for small businesses requiring relatively smaller design projects. Anyone can submit their near finished pieces of work to the contests, but only one winner gets paid. Forbes covers just why established graphic designers are so angry at this business model’s catching on.”

What an amazingly abusive practice. The market for web developers must be glutted beyond belief for anybody to put up with this.

I wouldn’t call it abusive I would call it supply and demand - these sites have just provided a market that makes the supply of designers much more accessible. Times change - designers complaining about the changes and wishing things would go back to the way they were is futile.

Fifteen years ago you could earn six figures writing HTML - would anyone argue that skill is still worth that rate?