DesignContest is a popular crowdsourced design platform. It allows entrepreneurs and businesses the ability to either start a design contest with its pre-qualified 263,000 design professionals, or hire any of them on a 1-on-1 basis.
A new and highly anticipated ‘speed and services’ 2.0 upgrade was released in September 2020. This has enhanced user experience, provided a search-for and hire direct option, plus they have strengthened guarantees on client design delivery and satisfaction.
DesignContest now fills professional needs in 35 design categories, including logo creation, packaging, website design, and so much more!
This design site started in 2003, making it one of the longest-existing and most trusted freelance platforms. The site has had 13,335 design competitions which carried over 3.4 million unique designs. They pride themselves on client satisfaction, earning an industry-leading 95% rating from clients.
The initial design process within DesignContest is extremely fast and friendly to users. Any entrepreneur or small business can easily choose between starting a design contest or searching for and hiring a select professional. The experience is highly intuitive and ‘smart’ for both new and current users.
Unlike other sites, users can keenly search through designer portfolios, which captures the professional designers’ best work for showing client eyes. Hiring a designer also comes with faster and more direct communication with that designer.
What do you need?
Right off the bat, users get to choose what type of design product they want, and there are 35 categories of choice. They move into brand name, industry type, as well as more specifics for customization that designers need to provide the best results.
Users are prompted to provide parameters on five distinct scales (modern to classic, minimal to complex, loud to subtle, playful to serious, and luxury to budget), but they also include specifics on what their ‘likes’ or ‘not likes’ are – with additional room to clarify. DesignContest also asks for similar examples to what the clients want in a finished product – this helps designers deliver right!
You get to select a package and you get to fix your prize money for the same. You also get to add extra options like contest add-ons and you could add prize money for 2nd or 3rd design winners as well. The option for more awards to non-winners often produces more designers per contest.
Contest Run & Feedback:
Design contests last for about seven days. Submission arrive very soon after starting, and the number of submissions and the contest pricing and design brief determine entrants on contests. The platform provides you an estimate of how many designs you can anticipate to receive for your contest.
In this time, you can provide feedback to the designers as your contest progresses. You can eliminate designs, vote for the ones you like, suggest changes and corrections to the designers. The communication is near real-time.
Select a winner:
At any given point before the contest ends, you have the option to choose a final winner from the design submissions. From the moment you finalize a winner, you have seven days to request changes and finalize the design. You also have the option to buy any other design from the contest for a price of $99, which also starts a one-to-one job with the designer.
Final Design Handover: Once you finalize your design choice (or the seven day period is over), the designer sends you the final source files of the design. All file formats including high resolution JPG, PNG, AI, vector, SVG, etc. are provided. When completed, the copyright of the files transfers to the client, and the designer is paid the prize money of the contest.
The option to set a variable prize money can increase the price of a contest.
The money back guarantee has several conditions which have to be met in order to apply (ex. you must have commented on at least 80% of the designers who have submitted a design)
Our DesignContest review marks a differentiation to where certain companies like these can balance client need, experience, pricing, and product satisfaction – on a global platform setting. From their 2.0 update in September 2020 DesignContest has stepped up its offerings and speed of use
If you are clear about what your requirement is, or you want to give designers complete freedom, the clear and simple brief is a blessing. However, do not discount the ability to search through over 250,000 designers, through the company’s smart search experience. Hiring directly, for the right blend of price and quality, can be a great first choice.
DesignContest has improved the brief process and improved in customer communication and service. Also, be sure to note their money back guarantee and new design delivery guarantee. Both are ringing endorsement for a focus on client needs.
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