Should designers do spec work?

This article originally appeared in issue 191 of .net magazine - the world's best-selling magazine for web designers and developers.

Speculative work. In its strictest interpretation, this refers to any project that’s undertaken with no guarantee that you’ll be paid. Many web designers think this is a very bad thing indeed, driving down fees, devaluing the profession and encouraging a culture of poor design. Others think it gives them a way to get their work seen, building their portfolio and democratising the design process.

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