I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised about spec websites pitching 11-year-olds as an alternative to professional designers.
Children designers on design contest & crowdsourcing sites?
Update: 22 January 2010
I don’t see spec websites as competition, so I don’t show this out of spite. It’s the shady practices that concern me. I’m all for kids wanting to experiment with design, and it’s good that they’re being proactive, but have you seen the comment threads on these contests? Rife with accusations, some real foul-mouthed snarks — no place for a youngster to learn how great the design profession is. In fact, it’s a quick way to turn-off the future generation of designers rather than encourage them.