A diamond job – no experience necessary

I was dumbfounded to read your piece about the launch of a competition, organised through the BBC TV programme Blue Peter, calling on children to design the emblem for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 (www.designweek. co.uk, 1 November).

Perhaps we can ask the under-15s to nominate the successors to Liz and Phil: who would you like to be Queen/King and their consort? Perhaps Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole? Charles and Camilla could always star in their own TV show – possibly called BBCC. Maybe we can run a poll, a television poll… and charge for the telephone calls… and take a percentage of the calls… and… become famous.

William Gradwell, Gradwell Corporate Design, by e-mail

I read your news story and Editor’s Blog on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee design (www. designweek. co.uk, 1 November).

It’s hard not to agree with the idea of crowd-sourcing, ’people power’ and engaging the public, but it is totally unacceptable to put the design world through yet another free-pitch scramble. Save your time, guys – don’t do it, unless, of course, you’ve got nothing else to do.

Ashley Goodall, Managing director, Saatchi & Saatchi Design, by e-mail

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