It’s sad to see people take the design process for granted. What is an intricate process of carefully calculated design placements and decisions is oversimplified to a process of a drawings, clicks, and simple adjustments. I make no claim on being a designer, or someone in the creative industry, but this feeling translates well into other industries like in IT administration, or another medium like photography. For me, I get the same feeling in terms of doing computer work, so I can very much empathize with this situation.
While people across their own respective professions generally do almost the same kind of work, skill determines the value of their work. And that is what is paid for. Unfortuntately, this skill is hard to quantify, being intangible in nature, makes comparisons for the unfamiliar rather short-sighted. What is percieved savings in money may have been traded off for quality, and in cases of photographers for example, terrible pictures.
Schoolmates, please pay attention to this part.
I would like to direct your attention to those posters and other artwork made by our orgs. They’re nice and artfully made. Please know that hiring a designer is not inexpensive. You have a creatives team for making posters, promotional materials, profile pictures, and other media needs. If you are not doing so, please appreciate their work, and specially to they themselves. A lot of time and effort has been put into these works. A lot of money has been saved because of their efforts
I also understand that these “free” design jobs are done with reason or agenda. For the org, they have something to work with. For the aspiring creative, an opportunity to build a portfolio of works. An opportunity to be known, and an opportunity to be tapped further down the line should they choose to go professional.
All I am asking for is to give them the same kind of love as your say, marketing team who’s been trying to pull in money and sponsorships, or the logistics team who’s pulling strings to book places and secure whatever is needed for an event. Give the same kind of love to your IT staff who work behind the scenes, keeping your systems and infrastructure smoothly running. And to give the same kind of love to your members, who make the abstract structure of an organization embody some sort of concrete representation in reality.