I feel the pain as do many designers. There are constant requests to do projects without pay. Along with the requests come all kinds of reasons (excuses?) why this particular job should be done for free. Of course artists will sometimes use their creativity for an awesome response.
A Sainsbury supermarket recently ran an ad in the Camden New Journal (Camden is a borough of London, England) where they were looking to find an artist to volunteer their skills. A copy of the ad is shown below.
We are not talking about a small business here, just one that will gladly take anyone (with or without experience) to work for free. What do designers often want? Free food! So designer Teri Anne Scoble responded with a nice tongue-in-cheek ad looking for a supermarket willing to volunteer their skills.
Great response and it definitely got a big chuckle out of me!
In that spirit, I created a graphic a while back explaining why I don’t work for free. Maybe you are the exception, but many readers request my help and it is rare that the desperate plea for help comes with payment.
If you would like my help, I am absolutely thrilled to help you. But first you need to Hire the Geek as I don’t work for free.