Launched in January 2015, Design Pickle is a cloud-based graphic design company that specializes in providing personalized graphic design support for small to medium-sized design jobs.
Design Pickle’s physical headquarters is in Scottsdale, Arizona but, as they are an entirely virtual service, they use the cloud for all of their work. The company’s goal is to create a totally new way for graphic design to be delivered to people who need it.
Design Pickle seeks to make connections with anyone with a need for fast, easy, and affordable graphic design. With same-day turnaround on most projects, Design Pickle offers quick solutions to basic graphic design jobs, primarily for a small business client base without in-house design staff.
Design Pickle Founder Interview
Design Pickle will provide designs for small projects (business cards, flyers, presentations, brochures, etc.) to people who may not be savvy when it comes to design software, or who don’t have the time or man-hours to spend on those projects.
Founder Russ Perry stresses the fact that Design Pickle is geared toward solutions for small- to medium-sized projects in small business or solo entrepreneur models, and not mass producing or supporting the main structure of a company.
Design Pickle also does not generate copy, so any text you want on your materials you will have to write yourself.
Design Pickle Intro Video
How it Works
Communicating through email, their designers ask a series of questions about your project to better narrow down what it is you are specifically asking for. They then take whatever basic images/copy/graphics you might have (using cloud-sharing sites like Dropbox for larger files), and then work up a design for you.
Turnaround is one business day (7am-7pm), and Design Pickle prides themselves on delivering a personalized one-on-one customer experience with a dedicated support team. Any vague or unclear requests don’t get assigned, so it’s best to be as clear and concise as possible from the beginning.
If you think the design is not exactly what you want, Design Pickle will continue to work with you to revise the product until you are happy. (There’s also a 14-day money back guarantee.)
Plans and Pricing
$370 per month gets you unlimited graphic design requests, one business day turnaround, and unlimited revisions.
There are no contracts and you can cancel at any time.
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Design Pickle considers an ideal request to entail about 30 minutes of design work.
If, after talking to your team, your project is too big to be considered a single design task, Design Pickle will help you break it down into smaller, more manageable tasks, each of which would then be considered a separate project.
Design Pickle Alternatives
The nearest alternative is UnicornGo, which operates on a similar model.
On the higher end, you have the crowdsourcing design marketplace 99Designs and the freelance megastore of Upwork. In the case of 99designs, you submit your design brief following their detailed questionnaire, and designers from all around the world submit their ideas and you pick the winner. It’s a cool system because you can get multiple inputs but costs $299 at a minimum (vs. $370 per month with Design Pickle for unlimited designs).
And with Upwork, you’ll submit your project and collect bids back, and have to select your winner. For one-off design work it can be very time-consuming, and you only have the input of one designer at the end of the day.
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