Unfortunately with doctors mechanics etc., this is not an option . . .but with graphic design, it is.I wish doctors, mechanics, construction workers and the like did free work for me before I decided who I'm going to hire
I don't know Kam . . . Maybe I would and maybe I wouldn't . . . but if it might have resulted in me landing a key account, it would have been nice to have the option.in your own profession would you work those hours for free and find that acceptable?
about 90% off the people on that sight are cracks. Find yourself a try desgn. It will save you time and money in the long run. Trust me on this. when you go on those sites you get people who have a downloaded version of photoshop. They don't know anything about the business and don't care. They just want to crank out design. Would you work your hardest on something that you have the slimest change to win. You said you have over 60 entries halfway through. If i was up against 120 people and wasn't gaurentied any money i would put a half *** job in, wouldn't you? If they don't know anything about the business it could cost you money. If they don't give you a print ready design it will cost you money to fix.Kam -
Don't get it twisted - Before I started my contest, I did hire a graphic artist DIRECTLY. She had an amazing portfolio and came highly recommended. Her designs ended up HORRIBLE (despite hours of guidance and instruction). So, after all the work I had put in finding, hiring, and guiding a graphic artist, I was back at square 1 and down $250.00.
So, rather than going through the "hire coach and fire" process again, I posted my design criteria to a contest site and prepaid a $250 prize.
I am at the halfway point and I have over 60 submissions, many of them exactly the style I am looking for. I will definitely choose the logo for my company from one of these designs.
Yes, as you said Kam, the artists who have submitted are probably young up-and-comers. But they never would have had the opportunity to work with me and my company based on their merits alone - Unestablished artists from around the world have now had the opportunity to introduce themselves and submit to me a resume of sorts.
The talented artist whose design I decide upon will not only get the $250 dollar prize money, but will also be my graphic artist for all my future needs, which will be many. I would say that by participating in, and winning my contest - This artist will easily realize over $5,000 p/yr from my company. A few more clients like me and this artist will eventually have the same luxuries you seem to enjoy.
Here is a direct quote from a private message sent to me by one of the artists who is participating in my contest. FYI her designs were GREAT and I am leaning toward her at this point.
"WOW! I am so excited about your product. I know what I'm getting my boyfriend for Christmas this year! You are launching this fall correct? What stores will be distributing your jerseys? Are you planning to have an online store? I'm sorry to bombard you with questions but I am just so excited. I will be submitting a couple entries. What an honor it would be for one of us to win. Thank you for bringing your business here to elogocontest!!"
This doesn't sound like a suffering "Lost Artist". Hmm. Maybe she still finds joy in her work?
As for . . .
I don't know Kam . . . Maybe I would and maybe I wouldn't . . . but if it might have resulted in me landing a key account, it would have been nice to have the option.
I understand the appeal of such contests from the consumer point of view. BUT, the model is antagonistic to the business model of professional design."Group Sourcing" is the way to go.
I have been using eLogo Contest.Com
I posted my design contest 24 hours ago and have already recieved over twenty designs.
Check it out
Logo Design for We Believe Apparel, LLC - Logo Design Contests by eLogoContest - Custom Logo Design by Professional Designers
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99 Designs is another good one but you are forced to prepay for your contests where as on e Logo contest you have the option of paying designers afterward, and only if you have reiceved quality submissions.
More people respond to prepaid contests however.