One approach to buying graphic design services is to hire freelance graphic designer or graphic design firm. Freelancers and graphic design firms will have different design rates and prices. For example, it’s not unusual to find small graphic design firms charging $3,000-$5,000 USD for a blog design, and several thousand dollars for logo design. The design rates from large graphic design firms and agencies are typically much higher – often tens of thousands of dollars (or more) to design a blog or logo. Freelance graphic designers tend to provide lower design quotes and have lower design rates than graphic design firms. But this too isn’t uniform - some freelance graphic designers can charge thousands of dollars for a blog or logo design, while others can/will provide a design quote for significantly less.
One alternative to hiring a freelance graphic designer or graphic design firm is the design competition or a design contest. In such competitions or contests, a community of designers – ranging from beginners to highly skilled and experienced graphic designers – compete to win the client’s business by seeing who can submit the best design favored by the client. There is a long history of design contests and design competitions, going back many years. A few recent examples of well-known design competitions include: the design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, The Chicago Tribune Tower Competition, and the design of British currency. Graphic Designers join design contests and participate in design competitions in order to earn cash, and also to advance their skills and build their portfolio. They also participate in design contests and in design competitions because such design competitions give designers a chance to interact with real clients and to get real feedback for their work. It’s not unusual that a freelancer in a graphic design contest might get feedback to multiple designs from the client, and thereby, improve their skill by understanding what real world clients look for in graphic design.
crowdSPRING can help you leverage an international community of graphic designers and eliminate your worries about design prices and rates. On crowdSPRING, thousands of designers from over 130 countries around the world compete for your business. Unlike traditional marketplaces where you might have multiple freelancers submit design quotes, on crowdSPRING, you set your own price and graphic designers from around the world post actual designs. You pick from among actual designs, not from among bids and quotes. And by looking at designs before you pick your favorite, you get to buy exactly what you want, rather than taking the risk that someone who submitted a design quote lower than other designers will ultimately deliver a great design for you. On crowdSPRING, when your project ends, you choose the design you like the best. It’s that simple! So, what are you waiting for?