Outsourcing graphic design

by Gary on December 22, 2006 · 17 comments

in Website Design

For a small company such as mine employing in-house graphic designers is not always an economically viable option.

Currently I outsource work to local graphic design companies, for high end brochure design, corporate and website design I use Titman Firth Graphic Design. For lower end work I have always either tried to complete it myself or employed smaller firms with varying degrees of success and quality.

I recently came across SitePoint Contests. Here you can set a fixed price for a project, and designers compete by entering designs, you can guide entrants and help them achieve the results that you want. At the end of the contest you pick the design that suits you best.

I have just completed my first design contest, the quality of the work submitted was outstanding and I was left with a difficult tasking in choosing the ultimate winner. In this instance the winner was “EvanteS” the end result can be seen on DirectoryMonsters.com

SitePoint contests are an extremely economic method of sourcing quality designs. I shall certainly be running further contests in the future, and the quality and range of designs may put of the day that I look to employ a full-time in-house designer for quite some time.

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  • Joost de Valk

    $500 still seems like a lot to me… Couldn’t you do that a bit cheaper?

  • Gary

    Probably, but I did get designs for four sites plus associated banner ads in two different sizes.

    I did originally set a price of $350 – but SitePoint reminded me that the minimum price per banner was $100. Also at that point I had not attracted any entrants – so I put it upto $500

    The winner has since said he will do any additional work for me for $10 per hour – which is good.

    At the end of the day I am very happy with what I got, being lots of designs to choose from – there were 2/3 I would have been happy to run with.

    Do you think I picked the best one?

  • Joost de Valk

    Hmmm i don’t know, i liked republickadesign’s design better, yet this one is second best for me :)

  • Richard

    I’d reccomend something like elance. I had good results for the redesign of the GoStats.com banner. (and a good price too)

  • Joost de Valk

    elance? :)

  • Gary

    Thanks for the tip Richard, I checked ou http://www.elance.com, and it looks good. I will probably give it a go.

    Cheers,

    Gary.

  • Irfan

    Hi

    How you doing,

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    see my portfolio at http://www.inaadesign.com

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  • Joost de Valk

    Hi Irfan,

    thx for the offer! I’m not really impressed by your portfolio to be honest though…

    Regards,
    Joost

    • Irfan

      No problem :) thanks

      we also offer

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      Irfan
      http://www.inaadesign.com

    • Sunil Madan

      Hi Joost,

      Came across this blog while surfing the net.

      If you do have the time and the inclination, have a look at our web site http://www.laserpoint-tech.com

      You may find the quality of work provided by us upto professional international standards.

      Kind Regards,

      Sunil

  • Barbara

    You have provided some very usefull information on outsourcing graphic design,
    and it is great resource, and I agree with you views compleetly.
    There is one other resource that that I have come across and
    referred to several times that has proven to have some very
    usefull information on the topic of outsourcing. This is a site
    that was created and maintaned by a Jason Ryan Isaksen. Have you
    ever heard of his web site or had any experience with Jason Ryan
    Isaksen? If it would be allowed, I would appreciate the
    opportunity to provide a link to his site on your blog, or would
    that somehow be breaking the rules? I think that anyone who reads
    your blog would greatly appreciate the information that he provides
    and benefit from reading through the information that he has found out aswell.
    Jason Ryan Isaksen has some very helpfull and obviously educated
    insight on outsourcing to share with anyone and everyone who is
    willing take the time to read it and is interested in the topic.
    Have you ever heard of Jason Ryan Isaksen or any of his articles?

    Barbare Q

  • Gary

    Hi Barbare,

    No, I have not heard of Jason before.

    You asked so nicely, how could I refuse a link. please feel free to leave one.

    Kind regards,

    Gary.

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  • Hong Nguyen

    Hong Nguyen
    English 126-0138
    May 10, 2007

    The Truth Behind Outsourcing
    The United States has always been a country with many opportunities and a lot of wide range jobs available. However, as the time passes by these opportunities seem to be diminishing with the constant hiring of oversea workers. The outsourcing market is growing tremendously and expected to grow even more in the next couple of years. Companies are planning to outsource both low end and high end jobs in the United States and offshore. This new cheaper workforce seems to be a far better advantage for employers and companies seem to be taking advantage of the situation. The increase in oversea hiring means a lot of change for the economy, for the better or the worse it remains a mystery. While outsourcing provides companies with lots of benefits for some it’s considered to be a hazardous threat. Only the truth can settle this matter and by analyzing evidence we can come to the right conclusion.
    Though outsourcing seems to have its advantages it may possibly be lies to cover up the truth. Outsourcing jobs is used by companies mainly to cut the cost of operations. Companies outsource in order to compete with other companies and at the same time make a profit (Otterman,2007).Profit and money is everything and there is no denying it. Some may argue that outsourcing is good because it creates cheaper goods but it only provides producers with the choice to sell cheaper goods. Given the opportunity companies don’t do what’s best for the consumer; they do what’s best for them, making profit. Though jobs are outsourced and goods are made for less money, products still remain relatively high because companies can. Outsourcing jobs can also mean lost of jobs for many Americans especially for those in the high-tech field. (Cyber Futuristics, 2007). According to Denise Dubie reporter for Network World, one of the biggest challenges employers face is finding qualified employees. Since this is such a difficult task they have to turn to oversea workers. Not only do oversea workers provide a bigger employment pond for companies they are cheaper too (Dubie, 2007). This however seems to be merely one of the excuses given by companies to excuse themselves for acting on their own behalf. Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.d says “The United States has the best educated, most productive, most adaptive workforce in the world.” If the United States provide educated, productive, and talented people, what more can companies ask for? Companies claim to outsource due to a small workforce available but here they are laying off people who are well- qualified for these jobs and ignoring the many others to outsource to foreign counties where education is a minimum and skills are lacking (Gollsby, 2007).According to Dubie 500 of the fastest growing North American companies turned to offshore services and 55% intend to move their work overseas (2007). This possibly could be due to the cut in cost rather then the search for talented workers. Though corporations seem to be thinking their getting a deal by hiring these offshore workers some companies who have tried regretted their decision. A company who outsourced many operations to India found how hard and costly it was to communicate with their workers. They also concluded that Indians are not productive and at times took 2 weeks to get a job done when it could’ve been done in 2 days in the United States by a skilled worker (Bartlett, 2006).
    Business people, companies, corporations factories are driven by money, achievement, and fear. They fear failure, lost of power, and appearing weak. They are competing with one another and by being in competition they ignore the rest. They don’t care about employees, or consumers. They make quick decisions without considering all the details which result in long run failure, what they feared. Outsourcing at first glance seems the way to go due to smaller wages but the long run effects can be damaging. Companies who plan inefficiently risk heavy loses and customer dissatisfaction (Goolsby, 2007). Customer dissatisfaction can mean lost in sales, and profit which can destroy the whole concept of outsourcing jobs to begin with
    Edwin J Feulner in an article titled “The Truth about Outsourcing “ asserts that even though employees are losing their jobs due to outsourcing they can easily find another one, often times at a higher salary. After doing research this seems very vague because

  • Kirk Andersen

    MISSION DESIGN IMPOSSIBLE

    ts hard to outsource Design because design is best done locally where you have your roots. You need to be really motivated yourself to outsource and make a plan for how you will communicate your special needs to your surplier. It will take you extra time and the risk of failure is there which should be hold up agains the direct savings.

    kirk
    http://www.lazymask.com

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