Monday, October 12, 2009

Another source for design work

In past posts I mentioned I had hired a design agency to create logos for a couple of subscription-based websites my company is going to be launching as well as logos and semi-custom templates for a couple of new blogs. Going to a design firm is one way to get this work done. Another is to 'crowdsource' it. Crowdspring is a site that lets you do just that: you post a request for a project, and a dollar amount you'll be willing to pay for a winning design, and designers from all over compete to produce a winning idea for you. According to the site, the average request generates 80 entries. I haven't used Crowdspring before, but it might be worth considering. Definitely an interesting idea.

4 comments:

JK said...

99designs.com is similar.

DaveinHackensack said...

Thanks, I'll check it out. If I don't hear back from my design firm about my latest project soon, I may try the crowd sourcing route.

Steve said...

Just FYI, there is a significant movement "against" 99designs, crowdspring, and other "design contest" sites. You can read more about it here - http://www.no-spec.com/articles/design-contests/ - but one main point is that most design professionals would not put a couple hours of work into what is essentially a first round draft for free in hopes that it leads to getting paid. Would you ask 20 lawyers to write up a contract and only pay the contract you find to be the best? These sites are mostly filled with amateurs or college students doing work for clients who don't understand design or branding.

Steve said...

Here's another article that provides a little bit of a balanced point of view - http://www.logodesignlove.com/logo-design-contests