Glasgow ’99 designers must be paid for the job

In reference to your article Glasgow hunts for new logo (DW 29 November), it’s very rum of Janice Kirkpatrick to expect to be paid for the use of Graven Images’ logo for the City of Architecture and Design year.

In reference to your article Glasgow hunts for new logo (DW 29 November), it’s very rum of

Janice Kirkpatrick to expect to be paid for the use of Graven Images’ logo for the City of Architecture and Design year. After all, she should be grateful that the festival director finds her company’s design suitable and she should allow him to use her work freely and indiscriminately. She should be satisfied that she has been given the opportunity to be involved in the project in the first place – despite the fact that she will not receive a fee.

The current row comes as no surprise to me nor should it to other Glaswegians – it’s just another example of the “London mafia” trying to get one over on the locals. Any other consultancy would expect to be paid generously for such repeated use of its design. If the design was good enough to use in the original bid document, why doesn’t the director just pay the money – after all, he’s been given enough – and support people like Kirkpatrick? At least he and the others involved in the festival wouldn’t appear to be hypocrites.

Helen McCormack

21 Wilmot Street

London E2

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