I decided to pay a visit to my former “job”. I’m not sure why, maybe with the vague hope that the community there isn’t thriving much. Sadly, it still is.
I checked out one of the highest paying logo contests—$1000, 1268 entries to date, even with just one more day to go, it won’t be surprising if that number reaches at least 1500. If each design took an hour to create, that’s easily 1500 hours of unpaid work, tsk tsk tsk. Congratulations to the winner who gets $1000! But wait, there’s more… I logged in (I could still do so since they don’t delete accounts) and the price amount reflects only $700! From the discussion, it appears that 99designs takes out 30% of the total price amount, on top of all the other fees the contest holders pays. Apparently, neither the contest holders nor the designers have been informed of this. It didn’t use to be this way, maybe they’re getting greedier.
The discussion thread runs 12 pages with comments like:
“Please stop asking for feedback here! I give feedback throughout the day when Im awake and when Im asleep obviously Im thinking about what to say to you in the feedback!…”
“You have eliminated more than 200 logo, you know what you want???”
“Did you read the brief?”
“Is it ok to submit a psd file?”
and so on…
Maybe some people thrive on such environments. I don’t.
Would you care to share your experience with contest sites? Did contests help or hurt your design career?