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Is It Worth It?

Hand cramps, eyes going cross and slaving away for many hours. Is it worth it? Is it worth to enter competitions as a graphic designer and putting all that hard work into something for possibly nothing? Yes, yes it is.

There are many factors that support this answer. As an artist in a craft, it’s very important to always think creatively whenever possible and when those chances arise, to take advantage of them. Secondly, competitions bring a different array of projects that the designer may never consider doing or have the opportunity to do. Thirdly, competitions generally push contenders to do their best and it’s never a bad thing to push yourself to reach that next level. Even if the designer loses, seeing the winning design can reveal new approaches for future projects. It may also enlighten the designer to their own work to see what worked and what didn’t.

With all the many positive factors of entering a competition. There’s still one that outshines the rest. Design is what graphic designers love doing. Shouldn’t that be enough to enter any competition? Yes, yes it is.

3 Comments

  1. Matt Tirre wrote:

    I agree, specially since most of us don’t have to rely on winning these contests to put food on the table.

    Its free experience, with the chance of winning some cool stuff, and there isn’t too much pressure either. You can always drop out of a contest if you don’t have the time or drive to finish a design.

    And if you win, free publicity. Sweet deal really.

    Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Permalink
  2. BrittanyHill wrote:

    You have some really good points and I agree that designing something should be worth the time spent. However, it is very important not to devalue your work. A lot of designers would strongly disagree with you about putting all that time and effort into something for free. For people with little to no experience it may seem like a good opportunity, but I have gotten advice from professional designers against doing any free work, especially competitions. They feel that it is way for graphic designers to be taken advantage of.

    Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Permalink
  3. angechilada wrote:

    The only problem (I believe) with doing graphic design for free, is (as Brittany points out) it tends to cause people to devalue it—the issue at hand is the domino effect that design contests have on the profession. It’s different to design something for free for a non-profit or a charity who can’t necessarily afford design work, but to put effort into something that the client may not even use/pay for/need is counterproductive to our aim.

    At some point or other (if you are a Graphic Design major), it would be intended that your work does put food on the table, so maybe as a student you wouldn’t feel the impact of your decisions, but it becomes more important as you go on to get paid for your work, and make sure that you maintain the integrity of the profession.

    On a lighter note, this website highlights some of the difficulties/misconceptions clients sometimes have with graphic design.

    Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 9:04 am | Permalink