Occasionally, I get to delete some files from my computer and come across some of my designs from my spec work days. It’s horrifying to see what a novice and uneducated “designer” can come up with.
A logo built on a strong concept will not need bevels, drop shadows, gradients or transparencies.
This is just another reason clients should avoid contest sites. A lot of designers there don’t know much about design basics. I won’t deny that I did learn some design from the crowdsourcing experience but I’d rather have learned it without wasting a lot of time in the process.