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2010 Winter Olympics Controversy

Would you pay $150 to be in a contest where the only reward is “the honor of entering”?  According to John Furlong, the chief executive officer of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, expects all graphic designers to. Anyone can enter into the competition for creating the logo for the games, but get nothing but “honor” in return. He also has told the Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) that he didn’t understand what the ethical dilemma was. Furlong goes on to say “I would think that this is something [designers] want to do for the country.” I don’t think he should have said that because during the conference from which Furlong was quoted, Matt Warburton, who was once president of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada interrupted and denounced the contest. Warburton went on to say “That kind of attitude drives me crazy. There’s this prevailing belief that designers are starving artists who should just give their work away. We don’t expect to get paid for it but if we do, geez, we’re lucky. That’s not the way I look at my business of selling design. And I’m not giving it away for free.”

Which person do you agree with? Full article

Personally, I’m with Warburton. Just because it is art does not mean it is not a job, a skilled job. I think it’s ignorant to request such a thing from a professional; artist or not. It wouldn’t be such an insulting situation or really a problem in my mind if it wasn’t for the fact you have to pay to have someone in order to be worthy of being judged. If you aren’t chosen you are out $150.

One Comment

  1. anasseh wrote:

    I agree with you! I understand that this is a big event and a lot of people will be watching it, but come on, not even paying a little amount? Plus throwing $150 in the water??? I don’t think it is fair. Winter Olympics is a big sports event, it is not the case that they are a small organization and they are broke… 🙂 With all the money they have at least as an appreciation, as a gift they should have offered something, or maybe at least were not charging for participation. Well, may be if there is a rich designer who does not really needs the money and has all the free time in the world might be designing for free. I agree that designing such a thing will always remain and the logo of that year will be recorded under your name, also it will be good for your resume… I would say, if I was a rich guy who was doing graphic design just for fun, I would have done it. But if I do this for living, I wouldn’t.

    By the way, if “FULL ARTICLE” is supposed to be a link to original article, it isn’t working!

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