99Designs is a website that gives you access to the creative minds and skills of 75,000+ (as of 2010) identity, web, print, graphic, and merchandise designers. It works like this: you post a “contest” that is available to thousands of designers who compete for your “prize-money” by submitting design entries based upon your needs. The designer that you choose who has the best design, is awarded the money. Simple right? If you don’t like anything that was submitted, then there is a 100% money back guarantee — but in my opinion, that’s your own fault.
To help make the process most effective, I’ve put together a few simple tips and tricks based on my experiences in having a great logo made for my product, the Fiesta5. Whether you need a logo, web, icon, t-shit, stationary, or banner ad design; or even a professional looking twitter background, WordPress theme, or Quickbooks form— most anything can be done in 7 days.
6 Tips to a Sucessful Contest: