DesignContest is a crowdsourcing design marketplace that gives you the opportunity to set a “contest” for any kind of graphic design work. Freelance designers from all over the world will then submit entries for you to select a winner.
The company began operations way back 2003 and has its headquartered in Las Vegas, U.S. They’ve completed more than 13,000 contests to date, and have more than 260,000 professional designers using their platform.
In September 2020, the company released a ‘speed and services’ 2.0 upgrade with enhanced user experience, the option to hire any of its professionals 1-on-1, and they have strengthened their guarantees on design delivery and client satisfaction.
As with any crowdsourcing platform, Design Contest’s role is to help you connect with a large pool of freelancers. With something as subjective as design, this theoretically gives you the best chance of finding the one who can create something you love.
Again, you can now also hire any design 1-on-1.
If you’re not a native English speaker you can toggle their platform through German, French, Spanish, and Russian which is a nice touch.
How DesignContest Works
1. Create a Contest
You can get started by creating a contest for the type of design work you want to be created. The new 2.0 update makes this a breeze and the user experience is excellent. There are some boxes to fill out helping you to submit as much detail as needed for a brief for the designers.
2. Set a Prize Amount
Next, you need to set a prize amount for the work.
You can choose from their recommended prices, or set the price of your choosing (DesignContest have minimum bid amounts).
Keep in mind that the higher the prize, the higher quality designers, and more entries your contest will attract.
3. Receive and Review Entries
DesignContest says you’ll start receiving entries within hours of posting your contest. As entries are coming in, you can comment and score each entry. This will help you narrow down the entries to the ones you’re most interested in.
4. Choose Your Winner
Once you’ve settled on the best design and want to go forward with it, you can select it as the winner. The designer will then prepare all the source files and send them to you. The nice part for designers, which gets them to compete more easily, is that DesignContest awards second and third prize amounts.
You can post a contest for any kind of graphic design work. From logos and blog graphics to flyers, t-shirt designs, and mobile app design.
Design Contest has 35 design-related categories to choose from when submitting a contest. If you don’t see a category that describes your task, you can just post it under the generic “Graphic Design” category.
With a pool of more than 260,000 freelance designers hungry for work, I think it’s fair to say you’ll receive some entries for your contest.
Plans and Pricing
On DesignContest, you the ability to set your own budget for your design tasks. They do, however, have minimums.
To give you an idea of where DesignContest sits compared to other crowdsourcing marketplaces, here are some of their minimum starting prices for commonly requested tasks:
- Logo design – $295
- Infographic design – $195
- Website design – $595
- T-Shirt design – $195
- Landing page design – $295
If you set your price at their lowest bracket, they say you can expect at least 50 entries. That should give you enough concepts to choose from and pick your favorite.
DesignContest offers a 100% money-back guarantee. You can request your money back at any stage of the contest if for any reason you’re not satisfied with their service.
While DesignContest is certainly a pioneer in this model of outsourcing graphic design projects, companies like 99Designs and DesignCrowd seem to have grown faster. (For example, 99designs surpassed 1 million designers on their platform several years ago.)
Pricing is similar across crowdsourcing platforms, so it may come down to which site gives you the best vibes and if they have any current promotions. Naturally, the more you can afford to pay, the better talent you’ll attract to your contest.
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|Notes||15-day money back guarantee.||100% money-back guarantee||14-day money back trial; 30% off first month w/ code VA30||Don't pay until you love your logo|
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If you’re working on a tight budget, it might be worth looking on Fiverr for a designer you want to work with. You’ll find more affordable options, but it probably goes without saying–you often get what you pay for with graphics.
Have you worked with DesignContest? If so, please leave a review below to help others with their decision.