Crowdsourcing – upsetting designers as well – 23/07/2010

An interesting post on Forbes.com about how crowdsourcing is driving down prices for design work. I recently debated that technology _wasn’t_ deskilling the Translation industry at a Symposium for the Interpreting and Translation Research Group at UWS. I think this article supports one of my main points – the problem isn’t one of skills – it’s one of big corporations forcing prices down by leveraging those just starting out in the industry that can afford to work for a lot less.

Another interesting point made is that the design process, just like the translation process, requires understanding, communication, and development feedback loops, without which “they’re losing out on the full experience of design.”

<edit>I found this on a nerd site – there is interesting discussion at Slashdot pointing out that this is happening to the writing profession as well….

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