I keep feeling that some companies and people undervalue what we as designers do for a living.
The thought was reinforced when I heard that the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL held a contest to design a new secondary logo (www.colts.com ). The "prize" for the contest is $1,000 and a pair of season tickets. The NFL is a money generator with a large portion of their billion dollar profits come from merchandise sales which will feature this logo, the "prize" is an insulting attempt at fair compensation for services.
I found proof that I am not the only one that felt insulted and undervalued by this "contest". Today I stumbled upon a website that is part of an online campaign to stop spec work. It was inspiring to see that others like myself are against this unprofessional practice.