5 Resources for Crowdsourcing Creatives

If you’ve ever been the position of needing a logo, a brochure or even a name for your new product, you know the value of having a sharp, creative mind at your disposal. But what if you had thousands? By the same token, what if you’re the person who always wins accolades for doodling logos and thinking up taglines on the fly, but you have no clue how to parlay your talents into work?

The answer is crowdsourcing.

A number of firms have sprung up around the idea of pooling both talent and ideas together into virtual creative marketplaces. The result? Companies save time and money pursuing creative solutions, and writers and designers enjoy low barriers for entry into the process.

Here are some of the major players on the scene:


One of the heavyweights in the crowdsourced creative field, crowdSPRING boasts a pool of more than 67,000 writers and designers ready to tackle anything from logo design to product naming.


Touting more than 76,000 designers among its ranks, 99Designs focuses exclusively on design, including WordPress templates, t-shirts and stationery alongside the more traditional logos and icons.


This company offers two options: you can peruse their marketplace of designs and purchase directly from the designer, or you can use their premium service Upstack to hire designers for custom work.

Genius Rocket

Genius Rocket offers a wide range of creative services, including video and animation creation.


BootB brings a whimsical approach and international flavor to crowdsourcing creative challenges for both brands and creators.

Do you have any resources that you use that we didn’t cover here?  Let us know in the comments.

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Georgiana Cohen is a freelance writer and blogger who has contributed to publications including the Boston Phoenix and the Boston Herald and works full-time on web content for Tufts University. Her blog at georgycohen.com covers a variety of topics relating to web communications and content, while her blog Safe Digression covers life, music and adventures around Boston. You can also follow her mobile photolog.


  1. Hilary on the 12th September

    Crowdsource and risk that what you bought violates copyright laws…

    Designers who know what they are doing and do it for a living won’t touch these sites with a ten foot pole.


  2. Laura on the 12th September

    I use DesignCrowd, the comeptition isn’t as bad there. The entries are kept private, which is good to protect the designers from being copied and they have a ‘participation’ payment feature. Few designers from each contest get anywhere from $10-$40 for participating in the contest.

  3. Christopher on the 14th September

    I’m actually surprised to see an article promoting this type of thing tied to envato.

    • Jen on the 23rd September

      no kidding!

    • Phil Chairez on the 8th October

      I agree. I am very against crowdsourcing. It devalues our profession and disillusions young designers who think this is a great way to “break into the biz”.

      I shake my fist at thee, WorkAwesome. I know you’re more awesome than this.

  4. Jen on the 23rd September

    As a designer, I do not support sites like this. Spec work sites like these are ruining our profession. I am really disappointed you guys are pushing creatives to use sites like these.

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