Whenever I create a new web site or blog the first thing I do is start thinking about the name and the type of logo I can create for the site. Personally I don’t design at all, but I know once I come up with a great name and niche for my site I can always go to some of my favorite design contests and marketplace to have other designers compete and create a killer logo for me. The perks of using a design contest rather than going to one designer is that you can have hundreds of designs created for nearly the same cost as a high end design service.
At the end of the day the return on investment that your site logo will have on your overall branding is priceless. That is of course as long as you have a great name and logo that people remember. Creating a design contest is an excellent way to get a wide variety of ideas from different designers. Once you create a contest and have a hundred designs to choose from there will be some clear winners and losers. Have your friends and family look through your logo designs and see which ones they like. It’s important to get a second opinion from people who aren’t inside the blogging and internet marketing world.
When it comes to the logo design and brand identity of your business, few things are more important. We’ve even seen a ton of attention and changes being made for green companies that want to rebrand themselves in a different direction. This happens all the time in business, but it’s always exciting to see if happen in different niche markets and industries.
Now that you have a few ideas on what’s possible through the use of design contest based web sites and services, let highlight some of the top design sites out there.
If you want to right to the source for the largest collection of designers and high quality work, 99designs is probably at the top of your list. With over 1,000 active design contests always running on the site and nearly $1.5 million paid out to their designers, 99designs has quickly become the top site for logo and graphic design creation through crowd sourcing and a contest based platform. Many of the other design contest sites below focus on just logo design but 99designs has their hands in everything related to design work, such as banner, brochures, web sites and much more. Best of all, you only pay if you are satisfied with the results!
When I first purchased BloggingTips.com a few years ago the site didn’t have a unique logo. Once I setup a contest on the LogoMyWay marketplace I was setup with the sweet new BloggingTips logo that is on the site today. LogoMyWay has over 15,000 talented logo designers just waiting to work on your next project. Don’t be turned away from LogoMyWay just because they don’t have a flashy looking web site. Check out their design portfolio and the results speak for themselves. Logo design packages start at $200 and can go up to $1000. As the logo design contest creator, you design how much to pay for your winning design.
Another excellent site to add to your list of design contest resources is Design Crowd. It’s a newer site that I just came across recently, yet they already have over 85,000 graphic designers on their site who have already generated over $4.5 million in job payouts! Design Crowd has an excellent site design and creation process. The look and feel of the site is great and it’s really easy to setup new design contests and get an idea of how many designs to expect based on your job payout and how many people you open the contest up to. Logo design contests start in the $240 range and go all the way up to $940 if you are going high end. Just like 99designs, DesignCrowd also offers design services in many more areas besides just logo design.
BONUS SITE: LogoNerds
This last bonus site isn’t a design contest related site, but they do offer some amazing logo designs at very low prices. Since many of the sites listed above start in the $150-$200 price range, I also wanted to offer the opportunity for anyone without a lot of money to spend. I’ve has several logo designs made by LogoNerds and I even wrote up a logo design case study I had created for my PetFoodia.com site. Logo designs through LogoNerds is priced at $47 for their “Professional Logo Package”. BloggingTips readers can use coupon code B10OFF to save $10 off your $47 purchase, that’s over 20% off!
Before you start thinking about going to a high end design agency and paying a few hundred dollars for just one design, be sure to check back with these logo design contest sites and see which works best for you.