The Three Designers for My Project

I wanted to share some link love with the three designers who I met via my design project at 99Designs project from a week or so ago. Overall, the process was excellent. Despite the outlying potential problems designers have with the contest model (or spec work in general), it actually turned out okay, and I met three really great designers.

Interestingly, only one of the three had their own website at the time I started the contest. I shook another one into making a temporary site, and the third still hasn’t put one up. So, here’s my best attempt at link love.

Michelle DiMuzio – The design Michelle did for me is down at the very bottom of this page (as of this writing, at least). She’s got quite a portfolio going, and was wonderful to work with.

xa0s – Yep. That’s all I have: a 99Designs profile for him/her. But, I liked the design for my project, so I awarded him/her a prize, too.

Craig Lee – Craig won the prize at my contest, and I used his logo for my new site (which launches in a few days). I liked his work, felt he had the first and best view on what I wanted and where I was going, and he turned around variations quickly.

So, should you need a designer, I can recommend the three I met through my experience with 99Designs, as they all worked admirably. But then again, I also met several hundred new designers through this process, and so maybe some day, I’ll be pointing them out, too. : )

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  • http://www.danieldecker.net Daniel Decker

    Haha. Love the way you just illustrated the point that spec work can have a big up side as well. :) These three designers just got massive link love (tremendous value in being shared – suggested) that they would have been unlikely to get otherwise. Do good work, get good results.

    Spec work may not be for everyone but if done right, I think it can be a dynamic business development resources for someone starting out or the seasoned professional who just need to prime the pump with a little more biz.

  • http://www.mikestenger.com Mike Stenger

    Awesome! Great job on the designers part. In the end, great promotion for 'em. What new site is it that you're launching Chris or is it top secret until then?

  • lanethsffarlenn

    I think it's really great that you've shared them here – it's this kind of attitude and selfless sharing that makes me love the design community more each day. Bravo!

  • http://socialblazeapp.com/ Cassie Rice

    99 designs is great! We used it for a logo for a future business idea: keepthespark.com Looks great!

  • http://www.bigjobsboard.com bigjobsboard

    Oh, a new website!? Oh, what site is it? What is it about? or are you playing top secret here? LOL

  • http://www.raduprisacaru.com radu prisacaru

    found your site on del.icio.us today and really liked it.. i bookmarked it and will be back to check it out some more later. I invite you to see my post, I hope you will find interesting too.

  • http://www.memorybits.co.uk/ memory stick

    I shook for a second temporary location, and the third have not yet established. So here's my best attempt to link love.

  • http://jddesign.tumblr.com/ Craig Lee

    Thanks for the mention Chris – you were one of the best contest holders I've had dealings with on 99designs.

    Appreciate the link to my interim website, hopefully others like my designs too.

    All the best.

  • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

    Oh you'll know soon. : )

  • Brian

    “Interestingly, only one of the three had their own website at the time I started the contest”

    Awesome….they really understand marketing then…..hence why they are using design contest sites, and hence why they have to work on spec.

  • Craig Lee

    Hi Brian,

    Just wanted to comment on your statement. I can't speak for the other designers that Chris mentioned, but I personally work full time as a graphic designer for one of the largest Universitie's in Scotland and have a solid understanding of marketing myself and my designs and partake in 99designs for fun and a bit of extra money. So, please don't leap in with judgements until you have all the facts.

    Kind Regards,
    Craig

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