Should a design company work for competing political candidates?
October 25, 2012 4:39 PM Subscribe
Is it ethical for a graphic design company to do advertising work for opposing political candidates at the same time?
posted by anonymous to media & arts (21 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I work for a design company in my town that is highly regarded among local advertising agencies, so these agencies tend to come to us first when they want to execute high quality graphic design for them.
But our cash flow is directly affected by our client's cashflow, so when our agency clients dont have much work, we don't have much work.
A few months ago, we started doing work for a local Mayoral candidate (a extremely heated and contentious race in my town), not necessarily because we believe in his cause, but because we've had a long, fruitful relationship with the ad agency who brought it to us.
Recently, an agency who is doing work for an opposing Mayoral candidate approached us to do work for them. The partners at my company accepted this work, on the basis that "we need the work", as well as the fact that we also have a well established relationship with this agency, and don't want to say "no" to them.
Yes, we need the work, but we aren't anywhere near close to going bankrupt. Not even in the same neighborhood. Personally, I despise the ethics and viewpoints of one of the candidates, and should he win in November, I'd hate to think that my company had a hand in his success. I believe that designers are responsible for the work they put out into the world, even moreso when working on things like political campaigns. It just feels sleazy to be taking money from people who are running against each other, esp. when our creativity is supposedly being leveraged to help the success of their respective campaigns.
Am I being too idealistic here? And if not, how can I convince my partners that we shouldn't be doing this?