ED Magedson – Founder
crowdspring1200 W. Lake Street Chicago, Illinois United States of America
crowdSPRING or cS is a site which I tried out for a few days to test the waters, despite the cries I had heard from the design community at large, I could do with the money. CrowdSpring.com is a so called weasel industry, or as they like to call themselves, a crowdsoucing site based around the production of logos, web and print graphic design.
In short, this is a legalised sweatshop which goes under the name of a competition website. Tight wadded owners or managers of business use crowdSPRING to acquire cheap graphic design at a fraction of the cost of the usual process. A buyer posts their offering in dollars and a thoughtless vague spec for a job, and then hundreds of vulnerable, desperate, bored, skilled and unskilled people set to work ploughing their own time into producing work and then uploading it to the crowdSPRING site. The buyer then sits at his desk like a slave master watching his slaves work for them on a promise that only one of them will get paid, and not the one who works the hardest, but the one who, in his mind, did the best work.
The buyers take the role of they know whats best where graphic design is concerned and often award some of the worst logos and graphics ever seen with their cash prise, its akin to asking a fashion model to consult you on the engine in your car.
I myself with my last crowdSPRING experience worked closely to a design spec designing graphics for a door hanger, around 5 hours say. After uploading, the buyer commented that this isnt what he was looking far as it contained no lifestyle photos. In the spec he ONLY quoted that the logo has to be included, absolutely no mention anywhere of lifestyle photos. This left me feeling used and abused by some megalomaniac who is made to feel like a king by crowdSPRING while peasants come grovelling at his door begging for scraps.
I tried to send the buyer a private message, but the workers are chastised from talking to the buyers but are instead aloud to post a message to a public board which it would seem no buyer ever reads or is interested in reading, they just want the work. So, I left a frustrated message on the board explaining the owner was out of order for making people work on one thing (as per his spec) and in his head meaning another. I also emailed crowdSPRING support asking if the owner will be reprimanded in any way for wasting peoples time, only to receive an email explaining THAT I HAD BROKEN THE RULES, and I am banned from the site!
crowdSPRING does nothing to protect the workers, they have no voice, because for anyone designer who finds their voice and asks for justice and human rights, there are a 100 more vulnerable and desperate compliant suckers stood in the line behind the door crowdSPRING swiftly kick you out of.
This site is immoral on so many levels and is hard to differentiate it from the sex trade or slavery, I suppose its a mixture of both. There are many desperate people in the world today and many, many black souled people out there willing to take advantage of them. Why isnt immoral illegal? I guess thats why crowdSPRING and those alike are called weasel industries, because they are barely legal SCAMS, ran by weasels.
Its no secret amongst designers that these sort of sites are taking food from their table in an industry that is historically rarely appreciated or paid fairly, but using and abusing people as crowdSPRING and the like are, sucks unbelievably; I would like to see these scam sites closed down or at the very least some sort of law protection and voice or union for the workers like in real life. The poor workers on these sites have no rights and are open to being used and abused through legal loops holes and a careful play on words this is wrong.
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