— Agencies and companies often hold “salons” to inspire their assembled troops. Some companies make a fairly tidy reputation for doing so (I’m thinking of things like the authors@Google events, which started back in 2005.) But there’s a difference between an author touting his or her own published work in the name of marketing and selling books, and agencies calling in artists to get them to show off amazing work… and then not paying a dime for the privilege. The above tart tweet came courtesy of British public artists, Greyworld (see my previous post on their most magical work), whose leaders just experienced this very situation. They followed up with a longer rant on Facebook. It’s good to see the growing confidence and independence of artists and designers who used to believe they had to rely on the largesse of the bigger agencies that so often commissioned their work. The worm, as they say, is in the process of turning. And frankly there’s no quid pro quo if one party doesn’t get no quid.
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