Monday, October 10, 2011

Artists, President Obama wants your jobs poster designs (for free).

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Oh Barack, did none of your advisers not advise you about the Huffington Post spec logo contest mess? And a jobs poster contest? From Obama's website:
"We'll pick the 12 best submissions received by November 4th, 2011, then put the finalists to a vote. Three winners will receive a framed print of their poster signed by President Obama and a limited edition of their poster will be sold in the
campaign store."
So maybe you'll make some cash? No, the proceeds go to Obama's campaign. If you still want to work on it, here's the creative brief, complete with "suggested slogans."
Now Barack, I l know a lot of ad agencies have used you illicitly in campaigns, but that's no excuse for this. Via AntiSpec.
Note: I support the President. But if you want pro-bono work, just ask for it.


Anonymous @brooklynbrett said...

The creative community bending over backwards to support Obama is vomit inducing.

100 ways Obama is just like Bush:

2:06 PM  
Blogger phillibuster said...

eff that, i'll be over here paying my bills with my paid work.

2:21 PM  
Anonymous Paul Murray said...

Some people have been debating via Twitter whether this is spec or pro-bono.

'For the public good' or not it certainly sends out a strong message that hosting a competition is a good way of getting creative work done.

Still, over here in Britain we have 'Start up Britain' promoting 99designs as a place to "Get a logo designed cheaply" so this doesn't really surprise me.

2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am confused by this sentence: did none of your advisers not advise you about...

It sounds very awkward.

What are you trying to say here? Did no one tell you about the HP logo mess? It should be did none of your advisers tell you... I would skip "advise" since it gets repetitive (advisers and advise).

2:50 PM  
Blogger copyranter said...

Cunt (of Grammar): I call it "bad, informal writing."

3:02 PM  
Blogger Have Myelin? said...

How about "I'll support Obama if he gives (finds) my boyfriend a job."

That's my suggested slogan.

Wait - slogan means "a short and striking or memorable phrase used in advertising."

That's the problem with Obama. Everything's a slogan to him. He can keep his signed poster. I don't even want to meet him.

Now, will somebody talk to my awesome boyfriend about a job?

That's the person I'd like to thank afterwards....

Sorry for my rant. It's been a hard three years.

3:09 PM  
Blogger Jake said...

On the flip side, is it better to make a poster for a real client and then donate the money to your favorite politician?

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Paul B. said...

The irony of asking people to create posters supporting jobs creation for free, rather than...oh, say, hiring someone and actually creating a job... puts me in stitches!

And I'd love to bitch about the President, squawk on about syntax when it doesn't fucking matter (it's a blog for shit's sake), or maybe complain about how my boyfriend can't find a job, but sadly I just came for the ads.

4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a boring day on Copyranter. Blood, Masturbation, Steve Jobs and Barack Obama.

8:52 PM  
Blogger copyranter said...

And the cherry is your comment.

9:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's hope there's less boring stuff tomorrow.

9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, do his poster for free to promote a jobs bill for teachers, public employees and pot hole fixers. How about some wasteful Ad Council projects to create jobs for copy writers and directors.

5:29 PM  

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