Four poll questions related to spec requests and crowdsourced design face readers of GraphicDesign.com this week: Are these practices hurting the industry? Can they jump-start a young graphic designer's career? Are they helpful for building a portfolio? What percentage of the industry has participated in such practices? GraphicDesign.com is welcoming opinions from any and all readers.
Patrick Llewellyn pointed out that crowdsourcing encourages community participation, affords informal design feedback, and even allows entrants to win prizes. After all, 99designs has its own designers on staff, but instead chose to go to the masses for the massive front-page redesign, the focal point of Spiegel-Gotsch's article.