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Speculative work policy

– Last updated 24 March 2012 –

Luminant Design actively avoids ANY and ALL engagement in speculative work a.k.a. ("spec work").

What is speculative work?

Speculative work involves services performed with an uncertain prospect of compensation. Such work typically falls outside the agreement framework normally established between design firm and client as part of a contract on a project. Instances of speculative work can be found as special conditions within Requests For Proposals and in crowdsourcing or other competitions. Such conditions include requests for "free work", "sample designs" or other unpaid services.

Speculative work should not be confused with an RFP response, in which the submitter provides a written explanation as to how he/she would perform work in order to fulfill a client contract. Such responses are accompanied with examples of other, past work performed by the submitter for client reference and evaluation.

Why is speculative work negative?

Speculative work negatively impacts both quality and legality. Good design is a thoughtful process with the full engagement of both design firm and client towards a specific goal. Speculative work is often rushed, poorly informed and lacks the dialogue level required to effectively define and respond to real world needs and objectives. Terms of agreement involved in speculative work are often legally gray in nature, and therefore create undue legal liability to both the design firm and client.

Pro bono conditions

Luminant Design does on rare occasion engage in pro bono work without compensation where the nature and objective of the work is of our interest and clearly significantly benefits the general public. If your project does not meet this criteria, don't even ask. Pro bono work is typically identified and volunteered by Luminant Design and always of small in scale.