i took another shot at the same location above which has a better composition, but both girls have long drawn faces from chewing and i thought i should get their consent before publishing ... nonetheless here are my bangers and mash!
there has been a heated discussion on contests for design work at airbag industries - a blog site for a designer in cali. he is in the hot seat for creating a contest where designers send in logos for his friend's startup accounting firm, at a chance to 'win' to have their design chosen as the company's logo. his contest has attracted so much debate that it even got a link from the aquent portal (which is where i originally found out about this).
it seems that a lot of designers find contests where businesses get free design work, devalue the design industry. hrm. some designers have also said that a decent company logo requires hours of research and legwork on the part of the designer and is worth more than prizes that are offered in contests. hmmm. other designers that have voiced their opinion think that doing free work for something that will generate revenue for the client is immoral business practice. true. either way, the debate is an interesting read and got me to read this article: when a "contest" isn't a contest. it brings up some really good points about how many designers get taken advantage of (which i have had many an experience of). but a debate within the community means that the design industry is alive and kicking, which is a good thing! w/o debates there is no growth.
i think this airbag industries contest is a pretty fair contest and if i can get around to it, i will participate. it will also exercise my brain, which never hurts. an ipod shuffle (which is part of the grand prize) doesn't hurt either.