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CrowdSpring.com Vs 99Designs.com, Crowd-Sourcing at It's Finest
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CrowdSpring.com Vs. 99Designs.com

by on 02/17/09 at 3:42 am

Though we are best known for being SEO Experts, there’s a reality that exists in our world that even though we might be top notch Search Engine Optimization Experts, that alone doesn’t make us qualified Graphic Designers.

Where to stellar SEO Experts go then to get best in class (Web 2.0, or Web 3.0 for you Supergeeks) PSD files for your SEO Blog Optimization or other project? We go to crowd-sourcing websites such as CrowdSpring.com or 99Designs.com, where we can start a contest and let the world compete for our money.

What is the Difference Between 99Designs.com and CrowdSpring.com?

According to Compete.com, 99Designs.com is bringing in more than double the amount of users than CrowdSpring.com. However, Quantcast.com told us something completely different, so we’ll let you choose based on your own personal experience.

We haven’t used CrowdSpring.com, but we’ve navigated the website and looked at the quality of the designs being submitted. They aren’t much different from 99Designs.com. Both user interfaces have attributes that we like and dislike. We did notice that using 99Designs.com required a Guaranteed Contest (pre-funded) to get the seasoned natives to participate. In CrowdSpring.com, we noticed that they offered a guaranteed 25 submissions or your money back. I liked 1 in 10 designs, so those odds seem to be in the buyer’s favor.

Here are some other posts we found comparing the two sites:

The overall feedback in the blogosphere is that CrowdSpring.com has a better user interface and customer service (they obviously have Google Alerts setup as well, based on the feedback we found in several blog comments on the Web). We hit 99Designs.com first and were happy with the quality and customer service; well after we submitted the escrow at least. Send us your feedback on your experience with either and why you would have us switch from 99Designs.com to CrowdSpring.com. All non-spam submissions will be accepted. Bullet points are appreciated.


Lorna Li

Dec 13th, 2009

I've used them both and have had it on my radar to write a comparative post at some point in my busy life.

99Designs is great for the bootstrap entrepreneur. You can state a rock bottom price and some designer somewhere will bid on it. You have better controls over your contest end date – say you get busy and need to extend your contest – you can do it in 99Designs but with Crowdspring you have to email customer support every time. I like the 99Designs contest interface better – it is easier to view and compare designs from one designer. Crowdspring's design view is too small, so if you have a large website design, you still need to have the designers submit an external link so you can hone in on the details.

Crowdspring is better for the enterprise level – you get templated contracts and NDAs. You can launch a private contest but this requires a minimum project cost, which ends up being US market rate, and prohibitive to bootstrap entrepreneurs. Crowdspring guarantees a minimum 25 entries or your money back, and appear to have a better system for alerting designers to your project, even if it is a private project, than 99Designs. In 99Designs, for private contests, you have to manually contact individual designers or no one will come.

I think both services could improve their designer search functionality – to be able to search designers by website versus graphic, and tags (green, sports, women's) will help companies better ID the right designer for their project.

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Mark Taylor

Jan 25th, 2010

I tried using crowdspring twice with very poor experience. The customer service sucked. I tried communicating 4 times, they switched reps and withdrew my project rather than posting it in the correct category which completely screwed up my deadline.

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