The basic premise of the panel was this – Mike Samson, one of the co-founders of Crowdspring (a design contest platform, based in Chicago, who recently caused a stir after being featured in a Forbes article that opined the design industry was snooty) set up a debate at the recent South by South West Festival, held in Texas back in March. The subject at hand was “Is Spec Work Evil?” (a title taken from a ‘Why I Hate Crowdspring” post featured on Andrew Hyde‘s blog) and subtitled “The Online Community Speaks“. The panel was moderated by Jeff Howe (from Wired magazine) and featured Samson, Jeffrey Kalmikoff of Threadless, veteran designer David Carson of David Carson Design and Jeremiah Owyang of Forrester Research. Lydia Mann of AIGA was a last minute invitee (perhaps to even things up a bit). The panel turned out to be one of the better attended events, and from all accounts was one of the more interesting, with tempers occasionally flaring during the proceedings. The transcript is long, a little messy, but worth a looksee if you have a bit and a cup of coffee on hand.