Perhaps, it's the most popular design crowd-source platform with over 300k contests and around 90 million dollar payouts to date. But why? Haters gonna hate? Yes.
I'm an amateur designer, a self-taught designer. I learned by seeing,
entering courses, read books, and spend most of my time exploring. It
was all started at high school. I wanted money so bad that made me
search all over the internet to find how to make money. And I found
At the time I just started to know about graphic
design. Because I attend my school's extracurricular. 'Why don't just
give it a shot?' I tried once and it doesn't seems alright. My design
was poor, and luckily I noticed. There are many people out there do not.
So I learned a lot, everywhere, Behance, Pinterest and other
inspiration website. Until the eleventh trial at 99designs, I won a
contest and my last year on high school. It feels so great. The first
time you 'make' your own money
Graphic designer work seems so
easy. Because I'm still lacking of knowledge. And then it starts to grow
when I find out more about design world later on my first year of
college. After winning over a thousand dollars, I quit. Because they
said professionals will pay higher than 99designs contest holder. But
what it takes to be professional?
You have to qualify. I believed
there are self-taught professional designers out there, without formal
education at design. So here's how to be qualified according to my
Learn the basics, sketches first then software
skills and build a portfolio. I found out Instagram is a good way to
show what you got. Make them look good, and have a conversation with the
community. Following people with good design taste will also help. The
final step is hard, find your own unique style.
What's the deal
with 99designs? Many of them - I can say about 80 percents - of the
designers are poor, I mean real bad. They don't have what it takes to be
a good designer, they don't know what they made. Luckily the contest
holder knows what best, but some still don't. The other 20 percents is
either platinum designer or they know what they're doing.
a place for early stage designers. 99designs helped them to start their
own career. They have some of them that more than qualified - name it
talented. The stage after it is the professional one I believe. I
haven't reach somewhere near professional either. I got several client
request some design work, but I only get paid less than fifty bucks for a
small job. Professional design agency get paid more than $100 per hour,
or maybe way more than that.
99designs have their own way do
differentiate the talented one with the rest. They make the title
platinum designer and posting the top designers list. So you'll know
who's in the game.
Why you should stop? It's a waste of time
for some of you. Your time has more value than it looks. You can't
replace time with money, you can't buy time. But you can make money with
time. The present is assets for your future. If what you're doing in
the whole month makes you a millionaire next month, then it's your
You can start learn more, read books, take courses and
learn more and more. Make your day more productive. It doesn't mean
making something everyday, learning is a precious progress, enjoy it. Start a
Behance portfolio is also good. Just wait until someone hire you,
or make them hire you! Make a good personal branding and internet
marketing will do the rest.
Anyway, it's quite a lot of money
going to someone everyday. It's a decision over arrogance. You can still
try if you think you got what it takes.
Worth reading : Get Over It, Haters: 99designs Has Tipped , How I Quit Working for 99Designs, Crowdspring and Mycroburst
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