designers or crowd design contests?
Lately I’ve been having problems with designers I hire for my small business design needs. Recent problems with two different designers made me think of posting this. For simple illustrations on my site, the designer told me she would have the first draft presented a week ago. I’m still waiting on the first drafts. On a logo project with a different designer, after payment and receipt of the final design, the designer wouldn’t give me other formats to the logo and told me to hire a graphic designer to re-size the images for me …ummmm…oooookaaayy.
Before hiring the designers, both of whom I know from other projects, people recommended I try out design contests to get multiple submissions and generally offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Here are a couple I was referred to:
DesignCrowd: They have over 40 categories of design possibilities from wine labels to book covers. You can post a design contest or a specific freelance project.
99designs: This site is similar to DesignCrowd and they offer logo templates for sale as well.
I think I may try out DesignCrowd as one of my acquaintances had a good result from their designers. I’ve used Inkd for a logo and the logo turned out well, but the first draft of designs that came back looked like what they already had on their site’s portfolio. So I had to request something more original. Despite that bumpy start, the designer from Inkd was helpful and open to my suggestions. The company’s prices were reasonable as well and the company routinely has sales on their site.
I use Vistaprint for postcards and marketing products. For business cards, I’ve “upgraded” to Moo Cards. The quality of the Moo business cards are outstanding and I always get compliments on them. They are modern and sleek and they have great templates on their site.
Because I’ve had mixed experiences with designers for my own work, these experiences have helped me when drafting their contracts. But these experiences also made me turn to user-friendly design platforms like Weebly and Tumblr so I could design my own simple websites. But maybe to round out my experience, I should give a design contest a try.
Anyone have any good tips or suggestions when it comes to design contests or hiring a designer?