Need a quick graphic done.

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by soco, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. soco, Dec 17, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2011

    soco macrumors 68030


    Dec 14, 2009
    Yardley, PA
    Don't get excited. Not paying. Should take no more than 2 minutes of someone's time. :D

    This is the type of thing that most can do in paint, but I'm away from my Mac lol
  2. smali macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2010
    I have a sudden sense of deja-vu...
  3. soco thread starter macrumors 68030


    Dec 14, 2009
    Yardley, PA
    What? Frowned upon? Just say so. I read through the first page of threads and stickies and didn't see anything about it.

  4. NXTMIKE macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2008
  5. dblessin macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2007
    NO SPEC work

    Please do not do any SPEC work. You hurt us all when you do.''
  6. btbrossard, Dec 19, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2011

    btbrossard macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    I'm certain that the thread starter was GOING to pay hundreds of dollars for 2 minutes worth of work UNTIL someone came along and was willing to do it for free.

    Now we're all screwed.

    By the way - isn't this whole forum Spec work? People come here and get their questions answered for free.

    We must think of the poor tech support people who would be busy working right now if we all weren't hurting each other with all this free support. Damn.
  7. soco thread starter macrumors 68030


    Dec 14, 2009
    Yardley, PA
    It's hilarious. Want to know what I needed? I needed someone to take a design I made into a vector. Granted, if that's actually reall hard and takes hours of work, I'd say forget it. But for God's sake, come on.

    I still need it done, but it's not important enough to pay someone to do. While I understand that a lot of work like designing a website takes hours and years' worth of skill, thus warranting compensation, but for someone to go, "Oh yeah, send me the PSD, I'll fix it up real quick." am I supposed to pay them $20?

    I feel like that would be like if someone had a computer problem, and it turned out the thing wasn't plugged in, but I charged them $45 for "diagnostics" or something lol
  8. tobefirst macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    The Design and Graphics forum used to be a very helpful place full of quality people, but like many of the other forums on this site, has gone downhill drastically in the last few years. It's the main reason I hardly post on MR anymore.

    I am often embarrassed by how my fellow designers treat people here.
  9. AlanShutko macrumors 6502a

    Jun 2, 2008
    If you'd said that in advance, you probably wouldn't have gotten as much flack.

    Incidentally, there are online tools that can do this.

    Your mileage will vary on how well they trace things. Depending on the item you want to turn into vector art, automatic tools will work better or worse. Sometimes, automatic tracing will not work too well and you'll need to manually redraw the art. I did some checks, and it seems that the going rate can range from a flat fee of $25 to $35/hour (depends, of course, on the complexity of the art that needs to be redrawn).
  10. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    There's a huge difference between

    "Need a quick graphic done" (implying you want people to do your work, which is what you posted as a title)


    Need software to make design into a vector
  11. soco thread starter macrumors 68030


    Dec 14, 2009
    Yardley, PA
    Interesting stance. The issue here is that I didn't say much of anything at all in advance. So the flack, now that you know what I actually needed, still doesn't seem warranted either way. Even if I came here and said, "Hey guys, need someone to create a custom graphic for me. Not paying, thanks." it still would not have warranted any negative responses.

    It's similar to other sections of the forums here, let's use iOS 5 for example, where someone may post, "Hey guys, I can't figure out something with iOS. PM me if you can help." and someone responds, "LOL really bro? Read the manual." or something like that.

    Without inquiring about the posters issue in further detail or clarifying a possibly confusing section of the request, how can you be sure his issue is addressed in the manual?

    The lesson here is patience. Maybe even a little "if you have nothing nice to say..." from Mom.

    Sounds good. I'll check those out.

    Indeed, quite a difference. Unfortunately I didn't know (nor should I have given I'm nowhere near a graphic designer or anything) that the phrase, "Need a quick graphic done" implied literally starting something from scratch and that there was no room for interpretation.

    In the end, I looked at "done" as someone who might ask an artist to "do" them something. This may be a dialect issue, or maybe even slang, but where I come from, asking someone to "do" them something could mean a wide range of things.

    If I tell someone I need a job done, it surely can't always mean every aspect of said job and all the efforts it may entail. To me, it leaves room for how much effort the individual may be putting into the job itself.

    So here, where I said I need a graphic done, granted I'm explaining what was in my head, I meant to gain some assistance.

    Next time I'll be much more thorough (read: not ask) with my needs. ;)

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