A: No. Spec work is evil and wrong.
Spec work, or “speculative work” is work done prior to engagement with a client in anticipation of being paid. I share the same stance on Spec Work as AIGA, the professional association for design, which is that it marginalizes the skills of trained professionals and degrades the value of the work done – and is ultimately harmful to our discipline.
Because10% Time projects are carefully selected and expectations are made clear, the work is not done in the hopes of being paid. It’s done for free. Period.