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On the point of contests in general, on top of what Farray's said I'll just add, do the maths: $490 prize for one person out of 1,109 entrants? Assuming all designs took just two hours on average and people keep at it as long as it takes until they finally win something, that'd give the designers participating in this system an average wage of 22 cents an ...


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My advice would be to let it be. The only thing the "copy" has in common with your work is the idea of a noose with a drop of water. The style is different and the context probably also. It's not hard to imagine that someone could come up with this concept without knowing about your artwork. Actually it seems that someone already created a poster with a ...


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On many of the stock photo sites, you can generally obtain the watermarked version of the image for free. The idea is that you wouldn't use the watermarked version in production and that it's simply just for the mock-ups. For the final version of your design, that will head to production, you would then purchase the non-watermarked versions and then replace ...


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I've joined several of them already You've joined several already and haven't made any money ... that should be your first giant "red flag" about the "contest" process as a source of income. I can tell that my designs are really good At the end of the day, if you're designing as a source of income, it doesn't matter if you think your designs are really ...


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You're in a bind in this kind of situation. You would probably be best to avoid stock photography completely. Realize that you're going to be working mostly for free. Even if you win a few, the payouts in these "contests" are painfully low. Averaged across all your entries that don't win plus the few that do (even top talent on these sites runs about 1 in 8)...


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There are several good answers here that deal with the ills of spec work and mention that design contests pay a pittance. This is just a little deeper look into the numbers... I happened to come across a competition site today and was amazed at the numbers they advertise on their front page: They're trying to pump up the designs per project and the total ...


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Pro's for doing these contests are: keeping your creativity flowing, use it or lose it. Improve your skills, could be speed, program you want to work on learning. Self improvement Con's for the contests are (from someone who has done two different sites) hourly rate can be as little as .01 - that's right one penny an hour. I did my first contest the rate ...


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The free watermarked, lo-res version of the image that jmort523 is referring to is also called a "comp image". E.g. on iStockPhoto, you can Download a comp as the link says under each photo. The "comp" here refers to a comprehensive or comprehensive layout (see here). This is the initial layout mockup that you present to clients to give a rough idea of how ...


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99Designs is a racket. Their commission rates are 30-45%, and inversely proportional to the project price- i.e larger projects = higher rates. (Compare to Elance at 6.75-8.57%).


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I missed this question when it was posted. Some good answers already! I'll try to add a short one: The reason design contests typically fail for both those commissioning it and those participating in it is because it's not real design. A real design project isn't about giving a client what they think they want, but rather it's about working with the ...


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My lawyer told me that, in simple terms, a design infringes another if an uninformed person could mistake one for the other. At the very least, one could be described as an alternate or alternative design to the other. To me, the dead give-away is the conceptually identical filling-of-the-gap created in the empty loop created in the line shape. That's not ...


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A good competitive market or trend analysis will be the result of lots of work by very skilled people and forms part of the company in question's IP and USP. I've worked for a few companies that performed this sort of work and we never shared any of it online. The results are too valuable. I would suggest that the closest thing that you will find to this ...


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