I love this great feature on 99designs – Designer Search and 1-on-1 Projects. It is a fast and focused way to hire the best designers on 99designs for your new logo projects.
The primary method of getting your logo made on 99 designs is launching a logo design crowdsource contest – where you receive logo submissions from designers internationally. However, that is not the only way to work with the talented graphic designers at 99 designs. You can also work directly with the designer of your choice on what is called, a 1-on-1 project at 99designs.com
There are a lot of reasons to like the Find a Designer feature on 99 designs. Here are some of the ones I appreciate most as a small business owner and entrepreneur. This proactive way lets you get started right away with your design project, which saves because you are not waiting for submissions.
Why I LOVE 99designs Designer Search:
Browse Logo Designers Portfolios
You can browse their portfolios and see if their design style is something that will work for your log project. Buying graphic design can be challenging and finding a designer that shares your visual image preference is critical – the Designer Search accomplishes this.
Review Designer Profile – Work History and Services Offered
As with all hiring decisions, you will want to review the applicant’s background. The way to do this with graphic designers on 99 designs is to carefully review their profile when you find them with the Designer Search.
See if they have achieved the badge of TOP LEVEL, indicating that they are amongst the best logo designers on 99designs.com and have completed projects successfully and built trust with many 99 design clients. Also, you can review SERVICES to discover exactly which services this graphic designer offers such as logo design, or website or illustration.
Click on the ABOUT link and read more about the designer and visit their website for even more information. Plus, you can send an email message directly to the designer to discuss your project with the click of a button (see screenshot below)
Read Past Customer Reviews and Star Ratings
Another great feature listed on the designer’s profile is a list of their prior customer’s reviews customers’ratings. I always check this section first, because often the best indication of future performance is often past results.
Read the total number of reviews and the aggregate star rating, plus check out their design certifications, the number of contests they won, their repeat clients and the percentage of responses within 24 hours. Then scroll down to the bottom of the page and read excerpts of verified customer reviews and see samples of those completed projects.
This will tell you a lot about this designer and their commitment to supplying quality graphic design for your projects.
Industry experience in your market niche
Perhaps you want to find a designer who has experience in your particular industry, whether that’s fashion, technology, retail or restaurant. You can do this with the Designer Search by entering your industry niche keywords into the search box.
Then you can further filter the results by the type of items you’re looking for, such as logo and identity, website or app design, o narrow down to a few select designers. From these refined results, you can easily scroll the portfolios to see which visual styles appeal to you most.
Once you have selected a few designers on your short list, it is easy to contact them directly and discuss your project details.
Get logo design ideas from designer portfolios
Very often I get great logo ideas while searching for designers and browsing their portfolios in this manner.
Sometimes I know exactly what I want regarding logo design, and other times I just don’t. For those times when I’m unsure taking time to search through selected designer’s portfolios can bring lots of logo design inspiration to help build my logo design brief.
Also when I find those great ideas the designer is just a click away to make a custom logo design for my startup company.
As you can see 99designs is not just a crowdsourced logo design contest, it is a resource to help you hire the best graphic designers around the globe in an easy to use and focused manner with the Designer Search and 1-t0-1 projects. Give it a try like I did. I got a great new logo designed for this website at 99designs. Read all about my experience of getting a logo made at the 99designs review
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