Monday, June 15, 2009

Google, Illustrators and “Exposure”

A NY Times article picks up a controversy that first hit the illustration community a few months ago. Apparently Google contacted numerous, well-respected illustrators and offered them to design "skins" for the new Google Chrome. Great job, right? Except that Google doesn't want to pay for the work.
Apparently offering a job to already established illustrators and saying their only compensation is "exposure" makes perfect sense to Google.
I am terribly disappointed that a hugely profitable company has so little respect for artists that they don't feel the need to pay them. Artists & illustrators are professionals; no different than any Google employee. Too bad Google doesn't see that.

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