I was highly gratified to learn that Richard Grefé, the Executive Director of AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts, our professional organization) caught wind of NEA’s RFP (see previous post), and wrote them an excellent letter explaining the position of the design community, and our concerns over the contest.

“The approach you are pursuing is one that seriously compromises the quality of work you are entitled to and also violates a tacit ethical standard that has long standing in the communication design professions worldwide.”

Kudos to them, and also to designer blogger Kelly Lea in her post, “Take Your Spec Job and Shove it” who also opined about this debacle.

NEA has written a lame letter in defense of their RFP here, but it does not seem to address any of AIGA’s concerns.