As you’re likely aware, there is a continuing discussion surrounding the City of Portland and the redesign of its online property, PortlandOnline. It’s sparked a great deal of emotion—specifically because a proposed contest to redesign PortlandOnline smacks of spec work.
The Portland chapter of the AIGA recently gathered other members of the Web design and graphic design community to talk through the issues surrounding the contest and how the creative community should respond. Read More
[HTML1]When the City of Portland decided to launch a design contest this week for the redesign of PortlandOnline, they tried to avoid some RFP entanglements. Unfortunately, that decision had them offering a link from the site to the winning designer—instead of a cash prize or contract.
Well, members of the Portland graphic design and Web design community responded. And it wasn’t favorable. Because the contest carried with it the strong stench of spec work.
Now, the Portland AIGA is working to bring the graphic design and Web design community together to discuss the whole PortlandOnline issue and potential next steps for the community. Read More
[HTML3]Sigh. And just when we thought things seemed to be going so well with the City of Portland. I mean, the City had committed to being more open, gone out for bid on fixing the PortlandOnline site, and just ratified the Portland Economic Development Strategy. Yet, now that string of victories risks being thoroughly undermined by a slap in the face to the Portland Web and graphic design community.
In a classic case of “one step forward, two steps back,” the City of Portland is now proposing a design contest to redesign PortlandOnline. And it’s spec work. Read More