If you’ll direct your gaze towards the top of the screen, you’ll notice that instead of boring black block text welcoming you to this blog, I now have a gorgeous custom banner! And if you look to your right, you’ll see an equally handsome logo!
“Those are sweet, Seth! How’d you get them?”
I’m glad you asked, hypothetical inquirer! The answer is one Sameeha Bricklemyer and her custom-design website TheInkedLeaf.com. While not a crowdsourcing site in itself, it was crowdsourcing that led me there after Sameeha won a design contest for Baltimore TechBreakfast. This attracted my attention, I contacted her to commission a logo, and it went from planning to completion in less than a week.
Gushing about a platform/service I like is kind of my M.O., and this isn’t going to be any different. Sameeha was professional and courteous every step of the way, made it clear exactly what would be expected from both of us, and handled my many revisions, mind-changes, and backpedals with poise and expertise. The end result was exactly what I was looking for in a logo, and I couldn’t be more happy about it. And while I am not at liberty to reveal what I was charged, suffice it to say it was extremely reasonable. As in, you’ll-spend-more-on-a-fancy-date reasonable.
This experience has shown me another layer of crowdsourcing. Until now I’ve focused on platforms without much regard for the end result, but now I’ve had first-hand experience with what a successful crowdsourcing campaign can do for a brand. Sameeha got TechBreakfast business and my business; this isn’t going to be anywhere near the end for her. Because now I’m writing about it, and you’re reading it thinking “you know, I could use a custom designer that knows what the heck she’s doing and doesn’t give me the runaround…”