Graphic Design

MycroBurst Review – Legit or Scam

MycroBurst is a logo design company that lets designers signup with the company. Currently, the company says they have over 40,000 designers currently registered on the site. If you’re a company looking for a new logo design this is a great place to start. All logo designers will review your contest and submit their logo entry. It is up to you to select the winning design from the ones you’ve reviewed. Normally each contest has 100 entries to select from. As a logo designer, this is a great way for you to establish yourself as a designer. Furthermore, if your design is chosen from all the entries, you’d be paid for your design.

How to Register As a Designer:

  1. If you’d like to register on the site it is simple. Just fill in your information under Account Details on your dashboard My Account tab.
  2. All the information on your account must be filled in. Furthermore, it needs to be accurate and complete before you’re allowed to participate in any of the contests.
  3. You’ll need to send the company a copy of your ID. The company will accept your driver’s license, passport, or a national identity card.
  4. You’ll need to send a photos copy of one of these forms of ID to an email address listed on your dashboard.
  5. The information supplied on the account must match the ID verification that you’ve emailed to the company.
  6. Any designer under the age of 18 must have a copy of their parent or legal guardian’s ID in order to register with the company and be able to work.
  7. There aren’t any registration fees to pay to join the site. Anyone can register on the site for free and send in their ID to become a designer.

How Does the Site Work?

  1. As a creative designer, you’ll find different contest listed on the site.
  2. The client has created a design contest for a new logo.
  3. The contest consists of a description, creative brief, and the money that they will pay for the winning design.
  4. You’ll be competing against different logo designers on the site. Therefore, if you’d like to win the contest and be paid for your design it is necessary to pay close attention to the creative brief and the comments on the contest.

What is a Creative Brief?

  1. After the registration is completed you are now free to browse the site and read the creative briefs for each contest.
  2. The person who has created the contest will supply you with the creative brief to follow.
  3. The creative brief will help you understand what the client is looking for in a design.
  4. Besides reading and understand the creative brief, it is necessary to read all the comments the client has left for you about the contest.

When Do You Submit Your Design?

  1. It is best to submit your design as soon as it has been finished.
  2. At times the client will close a contest early and start their selection process.
  3. After you’ve submitted your design it is possible to make any last minute changes.
  4. You are allowed to submit as many drafts of your design as you want.

Can You Communicate With the Client?

  1. During a design contest, it is possible to send the client a private message asking them questions or having them explain what they’ve written in their creative brief.
  2. If you’d like to ask the client a question, it is possible to post your question directly to the contest page. This way other designers can see what you’re asking.
  3. If you don’t want anyone reading your question, then it is best to send the person a private message.

How to Submit Your Design:

  1. Once your design has been completed, you’ll need to visit the contest page.
  2. Click on the tab marked Submit a Design.
  3. Enter the description of the design you’re submitting.
  4. Select the design from your computer and click on the upload tab.
  5. Your design should include any information about the licensed images that were used in your design.
  6. Afterward, agree with the designer guideline.
  7. Once you’ve finished just click on the submit my entry tab to upload your design to the site.

What Are The Web Design Requirements?

  1. The maximum width of any image must not exceed 1000px.
  2. Avoid using more than 2 or 3 fonts and the fonts you use must be web friendly.
  3. The template resolution needs to be 72 DPI.
  4. Keep the different layer of your template in separate folders.
  5. Each layer folder should have a unique name.
  6. Don’t add any effect on the text.
  7. The ideal background size is 1500px.
  8. Don’t add filters or watermarks on the images.
  9. Use adjustable layers options on your images for brightness and contrast.
  10. Only use images from iStockPhotos unless the client has instructed you to use other images.
  11. Don’t use clipart images in your design.
  12. With each design you submit, you must inform the client if you’ve used a stock image and not one of your own.
  13. Only use bleeds in your design if the client request bleeds. Otherwise, send a private message to the client and ask if this one is fine.

How Are You Paid?

  1. If you design was chosen as the winner of the contest it will take 2 to 3 business days to process your payment after the final files are sent.
  2. Your files must pass through the quality check source department before the files are sent to the contest holder.
  3. The contest holder can invoke any design changes after they receive the final files. The client has 48 hours to invoke these changes.
  4. Any payment that is finalized before the 10th of the month is paid on the 14th.
  5. Projects that were finalized on the 11th to the 20th of the month will be sent out on the 24th of the month.
  6. All projects finalized from the 21st to the 30th of the month will be processed and paid on the 4th of the following month.

Conclusion:

This is a legitimate company to work for and be paid for your logo designs. However, you will need to take into consideration that this company hold contests for all designers registered on the site. Each person has an equal opportunity to enter a contest and submit their design. You’ll be competing with 100 or more designers on each contest. If you are the lucky winner of the contest and your design was chosen, you’ll be paid for the design. Otherwise, you won’t earn anything from the design you’ve submitted. This is a very competitive site and many people are competing for just one reward. Therefore, it is hard to know if you’ll earn anything on this site or not. You’ll need to be a fantastic designer, create the best logos, and in the end, the client is the one who makes the decision.

 

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Graphic Design

Crowdspring Review – Legit or Scam

Crowdspring is a freelance website that opened in 2008. The two owners Ross Kimbarowsky and Mike Samson created the site to help people find the best creative talent around the globe. The company is located in Chicago, Illinois and has over 205,000 graphic design freelancers that find work through this company. If you are a graphic designer and are looking for a few extra dollars or trying to get established in this highly competitive field, this is the perfect opportunity for you. You are free to join the company and you’ll have the opportunity to pick and choose the contest that you’d like to join. Each designer on the site has an equal opportunity to display their work. It is up to the client the design they choose.

How Does it Work?

  1. The website is free to join and is opened to anyone worldwide. All you need to do is visit their signup page and register as a “Creative” or as a “Client”.
  2. Registration is simple and all you need to do is choose a username, enter your email address, and create a password.
  3. Submit the information to the company and you’ll receive an email.
  4. In order to be verified as a designer on Crowdspring, you’ll need to submit a few documents to the company.
  5. The company asks you to send them your identity documents. Therefore, the name you register with on the site needs to match these documents.
  6. You’ll need to supply your mobile phone number. The company will send the verification code to your phone.
  7. Crowdspring requires you to send them a photocopy of your passport, driver’s license or any government-issued photo ID card.
  8. You’ll be required to send the company a photo of you using a webcam on your computer or a camera on your phone or tablet. The photo must match the documents that are submitted to the company.
  9. When submitting the information to the company, you’ll need to submit 3 of your designs or samples of your work.
  10. Once the Crowdspring teams have verified your identity, you’ll receive a verification code on your mobile device. Just enter this code in your account.
  11. Once the code has been entered successfully, you are now free to search the categories and pick a project you’d like to work on.

Why Should You Join Crowdspring?

  1. According to the company they are one of the largest communities of illustrator, project designer, graphic designers, and web designers.
  2. The company has a large crowdsourcing marketplace where you can find work as a graphic designer.
  3. The company works hard to protect your intellectual property and will protect your designs.
  4. Each design you sell on the site, the company pays you 100% of the rewards the client offers. They don’t take a commission out of your pay because the clients pay them separately.
  5. The company is there to help the writer and the designers. If you have any questions or problems, all you need to do is content their customer support.

How To Work On Projects:

  1. The clients will list different projects on the website. Each project is put into a category that best suits the work that needs to be done.
  2. You’ll select a project to work on. Each project has a starting and ending date, plus a monetary payment value.
  3. Select the project and submit your entries to the customer.
  4. The customer has the final say-so when it comes to choosing the work.
  5. If a customer likes your design but would like a few changes, they’ll contact you directly.
  6. However, if a client is requesting more work from you than they have indicated on the job description, you can either accept the work or you can contact the site to report this problem. The site will work with you and the designer to rectify the problem.
  7. If your project has been selected by the client, you’ll be paid for the work.
  8. Afterward, the client is asked by the company to complete a survey about your work. The survey is simple and will only require the client to rate you. The rating system is a star rating of 1 to 5, where 5 is the highest score.
  9. Your rating will be added to your reputation on the site. The higher your ratings, the higher your reputation will be.  The reputation rating on the site is very important to clients and will indicate what type of a designer you are if you follow instructions, and you’ve successfully completed the project.

What Type of Work Does Crowdspring Offer?

  1. There are endless types of work you can find on Crowdspring. You’ll have access to jobs listed in the following categories:
    1. Business cards
    2. Logos
    3. Logos plus Business Card
    4. Logo plus Social Media Assets
    5. Letterhead & Stationary
    6. Work 1-on-1
    7. Company and Product Name
    8. Tagline
    9. Product Design
    10. Packaging Design
    11. Package Graphics
    12. Design Consultation
    13. Banner Ads
    14. Blog Themes
    15. Icon, Button, and Widgets
    16. Email Template Design
    17. Landing Page Design
    18. Mobile App design
    19. Social Media Assets
    20. Website Design
    21. Create Brochure or Menus
    22. Vehicle Wrap
    23. Infographics
    24. Presentation
    25. Outdoor & Signage
    26. Postcards or Flyers
    27. Posters
    28. Illustration
    29. Tattoo design
    30. Wall or Mural Art
    31. Creating Merchandise
    32. T-Shirt design
    33. Clothing design
    34. Book Cover Design
    35. Magazine Cover Design

How Are You Paid?

  1. Once you’ve been awarded the contract and the signed over the design, it normally takes 14-days to see the payment in your account.
  2. The client must make the final approval before the funds are available to withdraw from the company
  3. The company will process payments on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week. However, if one of the payment processing days lands on a legal holiday in the United States, your payment will be processed the next time the company processes payment.
  4. If this is you’re the first payment that you’ve received from a client or you have a new account, the company holds your payment for 30-days.
  5. You have the option of being paid through PayPal or Payoneer.
  6. Once the company sends your payment, you should see this in your PayPal or Payoneer account within hours. This will depend on which payment processor you’ve chosen.

Concerns About Crowdspring:

  1. Each job is a competition and the client views all the designs submitted. If your design wasn’t chosen, then you’re not paid for your time and efforts.
  2. Some clients seem to work with only a few designers which makes it hard to be selected for your work.
  3. Many people spend hours working on designs and never are compensated for their time or efforts.
  4. The company uses a star rating for your reputation on the site. If you’ve been working with this company for several years, you’ve established yourself. However, if you are new to the site, then it is hard to earn a rating on this site.
  5. Some clients will select your design and afterward ask for tons of modifications. Some of the modifications they request weren’t in the original job description. Furthermore, some of the modifications are above and beyond the work indicated in the job description. If you don’t make these corrections the client won’t accept or pay you for your work.
  6. This site is very difficult to be paid on. There is a lot of competition on the site and you’re competing with 205,000 other graphic designers for the same work. This can make it hard to be selected.
  7. This is one way to get your foot in the door as a graphic designer. Maybe one client will like the work you do and have you design other things for their company. This doesn’t happen often, but a company can look at the designs on the site and maybe they will select you to work with them.

Conclusion:

This is a legitimate crowdsourcing site that pays you for your graphic design talents. The company processes payments three times a week and they pay on time. However, this site is very competitive and it is hard to win each contest. The owner or client that has created the contest will select the design that best suits their needs. This makes it difficult to enter the contest and earn money. Some clients will only select the designer who is well established on the site and has a high reputation rating. It is hard to get established and earn a rating. You could be working here for a month and never earn any money.

 

 

Graphic Design

99 Design Review – Legit or Scam

99-Design is a graphic design company that hires freelancers to create design logos, tee-shirts, ad campaigns and much more. Anyone who wants to find work online as a graphic designer can join this company. The company offers the clients a chance to view different designers from around the world as the designer competes in different contests for the clients. The client has a multitude of designs they can pick and choose from. Furthermore, during the design contest, the client can work personally with a designer to change the design they have picked.

How Does it Work?

For the Designer:

  1. As a designer, you sign up with the company, complete your portfolio and verify your ID.
  2. Afterward, you can check on the different design contests available on the site.
  3. You’ll create your design and enter the contest.
  4. The client will select the winner. Only the winner of each contest is paid for their work.
  5. All other entries can modify their design and sell it to another company if they choose to do so.

For the Client:

  1. Each client needs to create an account with the company.
  2. The company has 4 different design packages a client can select from.
  3. After selecting your design package, it’s necessary to fill in the criteria of your design project. This tells the designer what you’re looking for and what type of design you need.
  4. Once the contest is opened, the client will have to select the finalist and the winner of the contest.
  5. After the winner is selected, the client has the opportunity to request any final changes to the design before the designer signs the design over to him.
  6. You’ll pay the company for the work. The company will handle paying each designer for the job they’ve done.

How to Create an Account:

  1. It is free to join the site as a designer.
  2. Submit your email address, name, username, and password.
  3. Complete your profile on your dashboard.
  4. Each person has their own portfolio to store their designs in.
  5. In order to optimize the full potential of your portfolio, it’s necessary to add a description and tags to each of your designs.
  6. A thumbnail of your design will be stored in your portfolio. Before saving your design, it’s possible to crop your thumbnail to make it look pleasing to the eye.
  7. Each account must be verified in order to join the contest or withdraw the money in your account. You will need a passport, driver’s license or government issued ID card to verify your information. The company works with Jumio to verify your ID.
  8. As a new member of the site, you’re limited to 10 design contests in a 28 day period. At the end of 28 days, the design counter will reset. Not all design counters will reset at the same time and they are on a rolling counter reset. So you’ll need to check if you can enter a new contest or you’ve reached your 10 design limit.

Entering a Contest:

  1. After joining the site as a new member, you’re limited to 10 contents in 28 days.
  2. The contest runs for 7 days or until the maximum numbers of entries has been received. Depending on the package the client has purchased will determine how many people can enter this contest.
  3. The first 4 days of the contest, the designer submits designs to your contest.
  4. During this time the client will supply feedback to the designer about the designs they’ve submitted to the contest.
  5. On the 6th day of the contest, the client will select 6 designers to move to the final round.
  6. The final rounds last 3 days. At this time the client can work closely with each designer and request modification to the design.
  7. The client will select a winner on the last 2 days of the contest.
  8. Once the winner is selected, the client can work with the designer to request any final modifications to the design.
  9. Afterward, the designer will sign over all rights to their design. The client pays the company and the company credits the designer account with the contest winnings.

How to Earn Money Working on The Site:

  1. You must enter a contest and win the contest to be paid for your work.
  2. You’ll be paid after you hand over your design to the person who purchased it.
  3. The contest prize is entered into your account on your dashboard.

How to Submit Design Files and Format:

  1. Stationery Designs Requirements: The design must be readable and in an AI, PSD, PDF, EPS, or INDD format. Furthermore, the image preview in a web browser must be JPEG or PNG. If you purchased any commercial fonts for your design the link must be added to the design.
  2. Social Media Design Requirements: All designs must be submitted in JPEG or PNG so they can be viewed in a web browser. You must supply the link to the commercial fonts you purchased and the RGB colors have to be a 72dpi resolution.
  3. Business Card Requirement: The final version of the design must be AI, PSD, PDF, EPS, or INDD. The final web preview image must be JPEG or PNG.  You must supply all links to the commercial fonts used in your design. Your files must be saved in a CMYK color mode that has a 300dpi resolution. Furthermore, you can only use outline fonts for the company name, logos or other permanent text. However, you can’t use an outline font for an employee name or contact information.
  4. Logo and Social Media Pack Requirements: You must make a complete pack of designs for the logo, Facebook cover, Twitter header and YouTube background.

How do Designers get Paid?

  1. Each contest you enter and win the credits is applied to your account.
  2. In order to exchange your credit for cash, you must request a payout from the company.
  3. The site has a minimum payment of $25. You’ll need at least this amount in your account in order to request a payment from the company.
  4. The company sends payment by Payoneer or PayPal.

Conclusion:

This is a legitimate company and pays the winner of each design contest it holds. The company won’t pay all designers who enter the contest. Only the winner of each contest has rewarded the payment in their account. This is an excellent way for a designer to find work online. As a graphic designer, you have the perfect opportunity to show your skills and design techniques online. Furthermore, this is excellent for a designer to start his online portfolio and hopefully land a full-time job in this field. Furthermore, the company has jobs available within the organization from time to time. As a member of the site, it’s possible to apply for one of these positions.

My Thoughts About This Type of Work:

  1. Many people compete for a single prize in a design competition or contest.
  2. This is degrading to a designer when their design is overlooked and not purchased.
  3. You end up entering one contest after another and if you don’t win the contest, you’ve spent hours of wasted time creating a design.
  4. This site only pays for 1 design and it is the design the client chooses.
  5. The designer is exploited and has worked hard to make a design for a contest.
  6. Furthermore, this is degrading and not good for the moral if you never win a contest.
  7. You could work for months on this site and never earn any money because the client never selected your design.