About Me

Crowdsourcing: A Definition

  • I like to use two definitions for crowdsourcing:

    The White Paper Version: Crowdsourcing is the act of taking a job traditionally performed by a designated agent (usually an employee) and outsourcing it to an undefined, generally large group of people in the form of an open call.

    The Soundbyte Version: The application of Open Source principles to fields outside of software.

The Rise of Crowdsourcing

  • Read the original article about crowdsourcing, published in the June, 2006 issue of Wired Magazine.
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January 11, 2008


Gaynor Gritzi

Seeing as there's no contact information on the Coversourcing site, I'll post this here.

Why has my design been left off the list?
And yes it is properly tagged, but the thing is it seems to never migrate onto the site itself, despite more recent designs easily floating there.

Is it because of the slightly scathing coments I made on my blog about the coversourcing idea that made you think I wasn't serious?(
Is it because the design might appear to have a nude woman on the cover? (In which case you have no idea what sells books).
Or could it just be paranoia on my part and the whole things just been overlooked, to be corrected at your leisure?

Gaynor Gritzi

Well, four days has gone by and no explanation for my design being left off the list.

Do you actually read your own blog Mr Howe?

Jeff Howe

Hi Gaynor,

I hadn't responded because I assumed your issues were simply a matter of logistics on Random House's part. While Random House UK has asked the crowd to design my book cover, I'm tasked with cooking up the content for the other 300 pages. That's kept me far too busy to disqualify designers for submitting racy designs. I quite like your submission, and frankly have no idea why it hasn't showed up with the other entries. I imagined it would have by now. I'll look into it and my apologies for the delay.

Gaynor Gritzi

Well thanks for that.
Although my design still hasn't appeared.
And there must be an advantage to having your design appear early, and have more time to garner votes.

We will wait a little longer.

Jasmine Antonick

Hey Jeff!
We pumped this out to our community and a bunch of members are now collaborating on designs.
Very exciting! Good luck :)

Gaynor Gritzi

It was my fault for flagging my design as Art/Illustation rather than Photo - but then you would wouldn't you?

Jasmine Antonick

Cambrian House submitted something like 8 designs today :)


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