If you are a small business or an entrepreneur, you know how much your website and logo image and design signal the marketplace about your company. Right now, you can get a FREE design consultation from 99Designs.com, one of the new great online crowd sourcing design contest marketplaces. It uses crowd sourcing to gather together a pool of designers from all over the world and small to medium-sized businesses, which needs design solutions. If you need something designed, 99designs can help you. Projects categories include logos, web design, banner ads, and even merchandise design for things like t-shirts and clothing.
Over at 99designs, businesses can hold contests to get logos designed for them. To provide better direction to identity designers than “I’ll know it when I see it” or “just make it pop”, each business is asked to create a design brief that includes a description of their business, the type of logo they want, and the values that their logo should communicate. The values are dubbed manliness, maturity, bling factor, ageness, fun, volume, complexity, and in-your-faceness in the source code, and they’re input via sliders on an integer scale from -5 to +5.
99designs – How It Works
Contest holders pay a listing fee of $39 plus 10% of the prize offered for each listed project. Depending on the type of project, there is a minimum set prize. For the amount you pay as a contest holder, here is what you will get:
- 100% money back guarantee
- A pool of approximately 80,175 designers
- Wide variety of designs to choose from for each contest
- Option to run a regular or guaranteed contest
- Option to run a blind contest where no one gets to see the submissions other than you
- Unlimited revisions
- Access to tips on every aspect of running a successful contest