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99designs Shopping Guide
Are you in the market for an updated logo for your business or a new website for an upcoming product launch? Maybe you are looking for branded clothing and merchandise? 99designs is one of the most popular destinations for anyone looking for graphic designers.
99designs was founded in 2008 by Matt Mickiewicz and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. 99designs features an online marketplace of over 1.19 million designers. You can find nearly any specialty item you could wish for at 99designs.com. They also offer a design contest which gives prospective customers multiple design options from different designers.
99designs has been featured in major publications and websites such as The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. They have also been mentioned in Forbes, Entrepreneur, and TechCrunch. If you’re seeking anything design-related, continue reading to learn about how 99designs works and whether it’s right for you.
How to Use 99designs’ Marketplace
99designs says its services are best for individuals and companies that do not have their own designer. Once you finish a project or two, you might find a particular designer you’d like to work with 1-on-1. This is certainly an option after you’ve established a partnership. Before you find a dedicated designer, you’ll want to start with the open marketplace. This could give you access to 30-100+ designers for a single project.
To get started, go to their website at 99designs.com. On the homepage, you’ll find a nifty toolbar at the top, which includes an area to browse the different categories of services available. You will also find an explanation page on how 99designs works as well as pricing information. Browse an area for agencies, and a login widget for existing customers.
99designs’ Items For Everyone
99designs’ categories start off broad and break down into several unique subcategories. You can choose between Logo & Identity for logo designs, business cards, and other branded collateral. Find Web & App design for web pages, WordPress designs, social media images, and app creation/maintenance. Browse Business & Advertising for flyers, infographics, brochures, and even car wraps.
You’ll also find Clothing & Merchandise for clothing-specific logos and designs and other branded merchandise. For the artistic type, find Art & Illustration for things like invitations and tattoos. Businesses can find Packing & Labels, Books & Magazines for cover designs, and other categories for anything not listed that still has an element of graphic design to it.
If your project encompasses any of the aforementioned categories, then here’s how you proceed with 99designs:
First, you fill out an online brief, which asks you questions such as what is the background of the project and what visual style are you looking for. Also, include what content you want to include. At the bottom of some of the briefs, there is an option to receive a free quote on printing stationery or getting coding for your web-based project.
Next, you’ll choose a design package ranging from Bronze to Platinum (more on this below). Once you’ve picked a design package, you’ll launch a design contest in the marketplace and designers from all over the world will submit designs for your consideration. You can log in and regularly check on incoming design submissions and provide feedback to designers you might be interested in working with.
After 7 days, you’ll pick a winning design, sign the copyright agreement, pay the winning designer, and download your new design.
99designs’ Design Packages
99designs has four different levels of design packages: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Each package has different prices depending on the project. Prices are very clearly outlined on 99designs’ Pricing page.
If you opt for the affordable Bronze package, you can expect to receive approximately 30 design ideas from good designers. The silver package will bring you about 60 designs from better designers.
In the higher level Gold package, you’ll get around 90 design ideas from highly experienced designers. This package also includes a dedicated manager for your project. If you opt for a Platinum package, then you’ll get approximately 60 designs from handpicked, top-of-the-line designers. You will also receive your own dedicated project manager. The Branded Identity Pack comes with a logo design and a business card. You’ll also receive company letterhead, custom envelope design, and a personalized Facebook cover. Pricing for each package varies.
What Are Design Contests?
When you complete a project brief and submit it to the online marketplace, you’re entering the design contest phase. These contests let you see finished custom designs before deciding on your preferred designer (within 7 days or less). You also get to choose the price you pay designers. They will know beforehand and determine whether or not to submit their designs based on the “contest prize.” To give you a better idea of how these contests work, see the recent contests that took place on 99designs’ website under the “Categories” section.
Payment and Promo Codes
If you’re ready to try 99designs, the payment process is pretty straightforward. You choose the design package you want and proceed to a payment page. 99designs accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and Paypal as valid forms of payment. Do you have a promo code? If you do, simply type it into a promo code section on the payment page. If you don’t have a code, you’re in the right place. Browse this page for the latest 99designs coupon codes and promotional offers.
Do you have any questions or concerns? You can reach 99designs via their online contact form or through 24/7 live chat. Furthermore, call their customer service team at 1-800-513-1678 (for US/Canada customers) 8am – 5pm PST.
There is a 100% money-back guarantee for customers who may be unhappy with the end result of their design request. This does not apply to contests with guaranteed prizes. In addition, You must contact customer service within 60 days of your design contest in order to qualify for a refund.