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Your global team of 100,000+ graphic design experts

You'll set your own price and choose from an average of 110+ original custom designs. We promise world class customer support (we're an American Business Awards Winner for Best Product/Service) and an easy to use process. With our money back guarantee, crowdSPRING offers a proven, fast, and risk-free way to buy a custom logo design at an affordable price.

We've helped tens of thousands of entrepreneurs and small businesses. Here are a few examples.

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Madison Children's MuseumLogo design

Madison Children's Museum Logo|749 entries in 14 days|Madison Children's Museum (MCM) is an award-winning organization in Madison, Wisconsin that was opening a new facility. They wanted a new logo to build on and modernize their 30 year heritage so they turned to crowdSPRING to help. We delivered 749 options to choose from in 14 short days.|http://assets.crowdspring.com/images/howitworks/hiw2/projectdetails-museum.gif
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Chuck PalahniukPoster design

Chuck Palahniuk Poster|417 entries in 14 days|Worldwide publisher Doubleday and author Chuck Palahniuk - the infamous author of Fight Club - wanted a 1950's movie-style poster to catch the eye and arouse the implacable desire to run out and buy Palahniuk's newest book, TELL-ALL!. The crowdSPRING community delivered over 400 amazing designs in a matter of days.|http://assets.crowdspring.com/images/howitworks/hiw2/projectdetails-chuck.gif
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Carmen TownsendCD cover

Carmen Townsend CD Cover|170 entries in 8 days|Carmen Townsend needed artwork for her new album and she wanted something as unique as the songs themselves. No photographs or simple font treatments would do - she wanted something entirely custom and our designers flooded her with more than 170 entries in just over a week.|http://assets.crowdspring.com/images/landing/createspace/project-cd-carmen.gif
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Financial Consulting FirmWebsite design

Financial Consulting Firm|190 entries in 14 days|Mell Investment Group provides financial guidance and investment advice to high net worth individuals. The Group came to crowdSPRING looking for an elegant, refined and professional website design that would appeal to their target audience: conservative individuals 40 years and older, accustomed to upscale products and services.|http://assets.crowdspring.com/images/howitworks/hiw2/projectdetails-mell.jpg

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"I've been in advertising, marketing and PR for 30 years. I've seen lots of "ideas" come and go. I received many more viable options from crowdSPRING than I would have received from my old creative teams of 15 or so people – at a fraction of the cost. It's simple, painless and the results are super."
"I've been in advertising, marketing and PR for 30 years. I've seen lots of "ideas" come and go. I received many more viable options from crowdSPRING than I would have received from my old creative teams of 15 or so people – at a fraction of the cost. It's simple, painless and the results are super."
Boyd Blackwood
CEO, Blackwood
and Company, LLC
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"I've been in advertising, marketing and PR for 30 years. I've seen lots of "ideas" come and go. I received many more viable options from crowdSPRING than I would have received from my old creative teams of 15 or so people – at a fraction of the cost. It's simple, painless and the results are super."
"I've been in advertising, marketing and PR for 30 years. I've seen lots of ideas ..."
Boyd Blackwood
CEO, Blackwood
and Company, LLC
Mediafly

A $210 logo design project

90 entries in 12 days

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Please tell us a little about Mediafly.

Mediafly is a media distribution company that delivers rich media to a broad array of internet-enabled devices including, but not limited to, the Apple iPhone and iPad, Google Android and Blackberry smart phones, and set-top TV devices.

Why did you decide to use crowdSPRING?

Mediafly needed a logo to help brand the business. Although we had the capability inhouse to create a new logo, we decided to post our project on crowdSPRING. We're a small company. I have programmers that have design capability, but when one of my best developers is working on a graphic design project, their resources aren't being used somewhere else.

Was your crowdSPRING project successful?

Yes! During our 12 day project on crowdSPRING, Mediafly received 90 custom logo designs from 20 different designers around the world. We ultimately selected the logo that you see in the video.

How many other projects have you posted on crowdSPRING?

Over the past year, Mediafly has posted 9 other projects on crowdSPRING.

How has crowdSPRING improved your business?

I don't think we would be able to operate as a rapidly growing technology company without crowdSPRING.

"We would not be able to continue operating as a growing technology company without crowdSPRING."
Carson V. Conant
CEO, Mediafly
Networlding

A $400 print design project

73 entries in 11 days

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Please tell us a little about you and Networlding.

Networlding is a social media consulting, coaching, implementation and integration firm. Based on our best-selling book on the science of networks, Networlding has grown over the last eight years into a thought leader in the social media space. I've authored 11 books in the last 15 years - four of them have been best sellers.

Why did you decide to use crowdSPRING?

I was working with a co-author on a book for college undergrads and graduates to help them get "Smart Starts" in life by learning and leveraging the tools of LinkedIn. We were looking for a book cover that would appeal to our readers. We posted the project on crowdSPRING because the cost is certainly very reasonable and because I love the creative collaboration that results.

Was your crowdSPRING project successful?

There is no experience like crowdSPRING and I am now a huge fan. During our 11 day project on crowdSPRING, we received 73 cover designs from 10 different designers around the world. I've posted other projects on crowdSPRING and crowdSPRING has delivered every time.

"For everything that I do, I would go to crowdSPRING first. I think it's the best process out there."
Melissa Giovagnoli
Founder/CEO, Networlding
Graymills Corp.

A $600 logo design project

76 entries in 7 days

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Please tell us a little about Graymills.

Graymills is a 70 year old company. We manufacture numerous products for moving and conditioning liquids, including: pumps, inking systems, and related equipment for the printing industry, parts washers, and industrial pumps.

Why did you decide to use crowdSPRING?

We wanted some art work for our 70th anniversary and wanted a logo for each of our product lines. We wanted a logo inspired by old art deco posters and wanted to integrate our corporate colors into the designs.

Was your crowdSPRING project successful?

Absolutely. During our 7 day project on crowdSPRING, Graymills received 76 custom logo designs from 23 different designers around the world. In fact, we added a second award to the project because we wanted to buy one of the designs for our corporate logo.

How was your overall experience with crowdSPRING?

You get such a wide variety of designs. crowdSPRING was easy to use, the cost was very fair, and the people were wonderful. In fact, I'm on the board of various companies and I've suggested that they all use crowdSPRING for graphic design.

"You get such a wide variety of designs. The site was easy to use and the cost was very fair."
Craig Shields
President, Graymills Corp.
Bolster Security

$2800 (2 awards) logo and stationery design

489 entries in 15 days

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Please tell us a little about Bolster Security.

Bolster is a startup, providing home security systems and commercial security solutions. The company was formed in May 2010 through the acquisitions of SafeMart.com and Able Security, Inc., both with over 30 years of history in the security industry.

Why did you decide to use crowdSPRING?

We needed to create a brand for our new startup. I chose crowdSPRING because it was the easiest service to use for a non-technical person like myself. If you've used other online services - crowdSPRING is one of the easiest.

Was your crowdSPRING project successful?

Our project on crowdSSPRING was immensely successful. During our 15 day project on crowdSPRING, Bolster received 489 custom logo and stationery designs from 126 different designers around the world.

How was your overall experience with crowdSPRING?

crowdSPRING is the easiest service to use to get the best quantity and quality of designs from an outstanding creative community. I've now posted three projects on crowdSPRING and have had a lot of success in getting great ideas back in a timely manner. I would rate the overall experience as outstanding. Ten out of ten.

"Our experience with crowdSPRING was outstanding. Ten out of ten. Couldn't have been better."
R. Brad Morehead
President, Bolster Security
"I have been quite impressed with the whole process and your attention to detail. By comparison to the conventional single-hire-at-time-of-need-artist-process that we have gone thru in the past – crowdSPRING ROCKS!!!"
"I have been quite impressed with the whole process and your attention to detail ..."
David Bigelow
CEO, Simplified
Logic, Inc.
"We love your site and had a wonderful experience.  I have been telling everyone I know about crowdSPRING....I think it is such a brilliant concept and it works so well!"
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Muffie Meyer
Director, Middlemarch
Films, Inc.

What our customers say

  • "We would not be able to continue operating as a growing technology company without crowdSPRING."
  • "For everything that I do, I would go to crowdSPRING first. I just think it's the best process out there."
  • "You get such a wide variety of designs. The site was easy to use and the cost was very fair."
  • "Our experience with crowdSPRING was outstanding. Ten out of ten. Couldn't have been better."
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The world's best entrepreneurs and companies prefer crowdSPRING. Here's why: you'll have more choice, pay less and work with some of the most talented designers in the world. With our 100% money back guarantee, custom legal contracts and award-winning customer service, crowdSPRING offers a proven, fast, and risk-free way to buy custom design at affordable prices.

  • Typical project gets 110+ entries How many entries will I get?
    The typical project gets a whopping 110+ entries. How's that for choice?
  • Thousands of satisfied clients What do others say about crowdSPRING?
    crowdSPRING is the #1 marketplace in the world for crowdsourced graphic, web, industrial design and writing services. Over 32,500 entrepreneurs, small businesses, Brands and agencies worldwide have posted projects on crowdSPRING. 96% of our clients recommend crowdSPRING to others.
  • 127,000+ designers & writers How large is the crowdSPRING community?
    More than 127,000 designers and writers from nearly 200 countries work on crowdSPRING. It's no wonder that crowdSPRING is the most trusted marketplace in the world for crowdsourced creative services.
  • We guarantee your money back What's your guarantee?
    Your money back. We're proud to offer a money back guarantee. If you're not completely happy with your design or writing project, or if your naming project doesn't receive at least 100 entries, we'll refund your awards and our 15% project fee - your only cost is the listing fee and any options you choose. Promise.

    We offer this guarantee because we know you'll find an entry (typically multiple entries) that you'll be thrilled with. And we're so sure that we're willing to put our money where our mouth is.
  • Recommended by 96% of customers Are crowdSPRING customers happy with the service?
    In a recent customer satisfaction survey, 96% of crowdSPRING customers surveyed said that they would recommend crowdSPRING to their friends, family and colleagues. crowdSPRING is the most trusted crowdsourcing marketplace in the world for graphic design, web design, industrial design and writing services and we work hard every day to make sure that we continue to earn that trust.

Frequently asked questions

How is crowdSPRING different from other marketplaces?

From the start, we designed crowdSPRING to be a better marketplace and community. crowdSPRING has the largest creative community on the planet (100,000+ designers and writers). crowdSPRING offers more choice per project (an average of 110+ concepts per project). We let you set your own price and your own schedule. We handle all the details, including escrow and payment, project management tools, and even give you a free customized legal agreement to protect your purchase. We have custom project briefs in every category on our site - to help you write a strong brief to guide the people working on your project.

Thousands of entrepreneurs and small businesses from nearly 100 countries have leveraged crowdSPRING's creative team for custom logo design, web design, other types of custom graphic design, and writing projects. And you won't worry about quality. In fact, here's one difference that truly sets us apart: we've been fortunate to work with the world's best agencies and Brands, including Philips, Starbucks, LG, Barilla, ConAgra, Forbes, Tivo, and many more. Some of the best entrepreneurs in the world, including Guy Kawasaki, Tony Robbins, and many others rely on crowdSPRING for their creative needs. There's a reason we're the most trusted crowdsourcing marketplace on the planet - we've won WIRED's Small Business Award, have been nominated for a Webby for best services each year we've been in business, and won American Business Award's Stevie award in 2009 for Best Product/Service (we were a finalist, with four other companies in 2010, for best e-commerce site).

Is crowdSPRING's creative community sophisticated and experienced?

Yes. crowdSPRING was the first marketplace in the world to move beyond the design of mere logos and t-shirts. While the crowdsourced design of simple items like logos and t-shirts is undoubtedly popular, we are the only marketplace that has advanced the tools of our trade and pioneered this model in countless other areas ranging from packaging design and actual industrial (product) design to 21 different categories of copywriting, including company naming, taglines, technical writing, website, blog and even newsletter content. While this may sound like a trivial and simple expansion of categories, the truth is that it's not - and is precisely why we're the only site that covers this breadth of work. The recruitment, cultivation and retention of a group of talented creatives across this many fields has been years of work and we have no intention of stopping now. We hosted a product design project to design an actual cell phone for electronics giant LG. We hosted two industrial design projects to design both pasta and food packaging for Barilla. We hosted a project for Doritos to design the tractor trailers that they use to deliver their chips. We even hosted a writing project to craft the new safety message to give to passengers over the intercom of outgoing Air New Zealand flights. These projects and thousands like them have shown that we continue to innovate in areas of the creative community that no one has ever attempted before.

What are PRO projects?

Almost from the day we launched, many companies, brands, and advertising agencies have asked us if we can give them privacy features and greater control over projects. If you are an agency, you’re worried that your campaign may leak out before its time. If you are a brand, you’re worried that the competition may get a peek at what you’re up to. Pro projects offer a great way to crowdsource product design or packaging design, or a way to leverage our community without letting the general public see what you’re up to until you’re ready. Pro projects are automatically added to our robots exclusion list so that they are not profiled in search engines. We’ve built a dynamic system of non-disclosure agreements to let you screen creatives before they are permitted to participate in your project. Creatives will see a public description of the project and must agree to a non-disclosure agreement before they are permitted to see the full project brief and materials.

Buyers have full control over access to their Pro project. They can admit participants automatically after a non-disclosure agreement is signed or can decide on a case-by-case basis. And once participants are admitted to a project, they can be removed by the buyer and added back at any time. Buyers can decide whether creatives can see one another’s entries and comments (including the buyer’s comments to other creatives). Pro projects can last up to 30 days. And Pro projects have all of the great features we offer in standard projects, including: customized legal agreements, full project management tools, robust notifications, great customer service, etc.

How does crowdSPRING help me communicate with designers?

We’ve built useful tools to help you communicate with the crowdSPRING community. After you post your project, we list it on our site, send emails, and inform people via RSS. You can public or private message any user or group of users in the community, and will be able to communicate with anyone either publicly or privately. We’ve also built tools to let you communicate with everyone participating in your project. And each step of the way, we inform others when there’s a comment or message waiting for them (each user can set customized notification preferences).

Does crowdSPRING provide tools to manage my project?

The entire project is fully managed right on our site and we give you the tools to make this easy. You can easily sort or filter the entries as they come in, provide feedback and score, ask for iterations, send public or private messages, create updates to your project brief, upload files to share with the participating creatives, ask your customers to come vote for their favorites, and much more. Even the project wrap-up takes place on our site. At the end of the project after you pick your winner, you’ll complete the project on our site. The winning creative will upload proofs for your final tweaks/comments and then will upload the final files with your favorite designs. We even take care of paying the winning creative(s) on your behalf after you approve the final files.

Does crowdsPRING have a reputation system for designers?

We’ve developed a two-way reputation system with relevant information to help you decide whether to work with a particular creative or buyer. At the end of every project, we ask the buyer and designer to rate each other on a variety of factors and to provide a short written narrative about the project. This reputation system helps buyers and creatives on crowdSPRING to make informed decisions.

Should a logo be simple?

Yes. Simplicity is vital. A complex logo will be difficult to print and reproduce and may not fully engage your audience. Take a moment and think about brands that are successful and/or famous. Most likely, you've thought of companies like Nike, Apple, Volkswagen, Target, McDonald's, etc. What do they all have in common? They all have logo designs that are simple and easily recognized when printed by themselves, and when printed in solid black and white.

Should a logo be memorable?

Your logo does not always need to describe what your business does. Have you ever seen a car manufacturer with a picture of a car as their logo? How about a shoe manufacturer? It would look silly to have a picture of a shoe….on a shoe. When using icons in your logo, consider icons that could communicate your brand without the company name. (examples: Y! for Yahoo! or the Swoosh for NIKE). This will allow you to use the icon as a stand-alone image (on package graphics, for example). For a person to retain and identify with a mark (your icon), a little mental tennis match must be played with it. If an icon is too blatantly obvious or easy to 'read,' the viewer often feels no sense of discovery or personal equity with it. But remember that too much abstraction can be dangerous because your message can be lost.

Should a logo be timeless?

Trends are good but innovation is better. (And fads are often deadly). A logo should have a long life expectancy. It will evolve and change over time, but the longer it stays the same at its heart, the better brand recognition you will get over time. Examples: Coca-Cola, Dior, Rolex. A good logo design will have a sense of timelessness about it. A logo that feels anchored in a certain time period is more likely to feel outdated or need substantial repurposing fairly quickly. The best logos change very little yet feel fresh and vibrant every time. (Nike, IBM, Apple).

How is crowdSPRING different?

When we launched in 2008, we introduced new innovations that were then (and even today) unmatched. We’re not sitting still. We haven’t stopped innovating. We have an awesome creative community. Don’t just take our word for it. In 2009, we were nominated for a Webby Award (as one of only five startups in the world) for the Community category. The Webbys are the leading international award honoring excellence online. Some of the most creative people on the planet work, learn and teach on crowdSPRING. Our community has people from nearly every corner of our planet. We’re lucky to have some who are just starting out and creative directors from some of the world’s top agencies. Our community has worked together to help fight some of the worlds most challenging problems in our Give Back program – where both crowdSPRING and designers agree to help – without any fees – worthy charities and non-profits with graphic design needs. And our community has worked together to create outstanding guides to help buyers around the world, including: 10 Logo Design Tips For Buyers and 10 Tips For Buyers To Effectively Manage Design Projects.

Is customer service important to crowdSPRING?

Like Zappos, we’re building a culture where extraordinary customer service is the norm. People say that imitation is a form of flattery – and we think Zappos does customer service better than nearly anyone on the planet. We believe that happiness is helping others and that helping is happiness. And thousands of our customers have let us know how much they’ve benefited from our approach to customer service. Don’t take just our word. In 2009, we won a Stevie Award from American Business Awards (the world’s premier business awards program) for Best Product/Service.

Is crowdSPRING committed to education?

We’re not just a marketplace. We’re a community, and our commitment to this community extends into numerous areas, including education. As I wrote above, our community has collaborated on numerous guides to help others, we spend a great deal of time collaborating, educating and learning in the forums, and we’re proud to share helpful resources not just with our community but with designers around the world. We share with our community awesome design resources through our Twitter account and in our forums and blog. We’re shared with our community and everyone in the world two free e-books (Contracts for Graphic Designers who Hate Contracts and Contracts For Software Developers Who Hate Contracts) to help designers and developers with their freelance legal contracts.

Does crowdSPRING provide legal agreements?

Other marketplaces, if they do anything at all, just give you a generic form agreement and leave you on your own to figure it out. How does that help you? We’ve built a sophisticated system of dinamic legal agreements that take into account the country you’re from and the country that the winning creative is from. Each legal agreement is customized to your project. And we don’t charge you a penny extra for this – it’s all part of our 15% project fee.

How does crowdSPRING protect intellectual property?

crowdSPRING respects intellectual property – this is one of our core values as a company (before co-founding crowdSPRING, I spent 13 years as an attorney focusing on the protection of intellectual property, for clients around the world). We don’t just talk about it – we’ve spent an incredible amount of time building tools, policies and procedures to help us. If you’re interested in the details, please take a look at this post: How Does crowdSPRING Protect Intellectual Property?

Should a logo be flexible?

A logo should be visible and distinguishable on a big billboard from 100 meters away or on stationery design from to 20 millimeters away. It should also work well in different size formats like for example on business cards, brochure, t-shirt design and other marketing materials such as embroidery, stamping, embossing, etc. A good logo will work well in many colors and in just one or two colors (yes, black is a color). A good logo will work well on light backgrounds as well as dark backgrounds, even on multicolored backgrounds.

Many start-ups and smaller companies use their logo on a few marketing materials but use something else on other materials. Be sure that you use your logo consistently and be sure that your logo design allows you the flexibility to do so in multiple formats.

Are the colors in a logo important?

If you are looking for a color logo, consider the messaging that color sends to your customers. Do the colors reinforce and strengthen the intended core message/personality/mood you're trying to communicate through the logo, or do they distract or neutralize? For example, blue often communicates trust, loyalty and freshness. The color blue is common in banking or finance. Green represents life, nature and cleanliness. Also consider colors that work well with dark and white backgrounds. Because logos are often printed in black and white, chose a logo design that is viable and as strong or stronger in black and white.

Although gradients provide an aesthetically-pleasing effect on computers, consider possible future uses of the logo such as on letterheads, business cards, and merchandise. Will the logo provide ease of printing and reproduction in and on all types of media? A logo for a web design or a band, or a one-off project can be more rasterized and colorful than something that's going to be printed in many different ways.

Think twice about including more than 3 colors in a logo - too many colors will increase the cost of production when printing and may make the logo more difficult to reproduce. Although such costs have decreased considerably, this remains good advice.

How important is typography in a logo?

Typography, Typography, Typography. Ask yourself what you're trying to communicate. Depending on the type of application; typefaces with serifs convey a sense of dignity & power, sans serifs are often more clean looking and offer either a sense of stability or whimsy (depending on the character of the face). Will the face work with what you currently have? Can it be read at small sizes? Is the letterspacing/word spacing well adjusted? (the larger the wording gets, the more obvious the flaws will be) Typography is a craft in itself- it's the first voice of stating who you are. Beware that there are some truly horrible typefaces out there, make sure you're getting your money's worth.

Why should you ask for vector files?

Always request vector based graphics. It's often tempting to ask for complex illustrations in a logo. However, unless you plan on never using your logo outside of an on-screen/online application, a JPG or PSD isn't going to cut it. A properly drawn vector design will provide you with the ultimate flexibility.

Should a logo be unique?

Will it stand out among the clutter and the crowd? Does the mark distinguish itself in a unique way from the competition, or is it predictable / default / bland — and thus unmemorable and ultimately invisible to the intended audience? With thousands upon thousands of fonts, billions of color combinations, and an infinite flow of design ideas, choose the logo that is most unique. Try to avoid common logo cliches like "swoops," "wooshes," and "pinwheels;" these techniques are perhaps the most commonly used practices in the logo industry (just look around your house, you'll see). Avoid clip art like the plague, unless it's significantly modified by the artist. It's quite disturbing when you start noticing your logo, and things that look like it on many other people's brands. That's the quickest way to look low-budget and second-rate.

How should a logo express your brand?

Don't compare the logo you will be choosing to already famous brands in the world. Those brands are famous not because of their logo, but because of the people/vision behind that logo. So, always remember that the branding behind the logo is very very important.