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The RGD’s Spec Policy


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The RGD’s Spec Policy


What is spec work?

Free work or spec (speculative) work can be defined as, “Providing design services to develop creative concept work for free (or for a nominal fee) as part of a new business pitch.”

The RGD’s stance on spec work

The RGD’s Code of Ethics prevents RGD Members from doing work on spec.

The RGD’s policy statement, which can be downloaded above, details the harmful effects of demands for spec work and provides advice on the professional methods for selecting graphic design services.

Additional resources

Report requests for spec

To inform us of a case of spec work or for further information, contact:

Hilary Ashworth, Executive Director

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