2,904 crowdsourcing and crowdfunding sites
As the name suggests, DesignCrowd is an online marketplace that connects freelance designers with businesses looking to harness their skills, primarily via a contest model. The platform claims major brands including Virgin, Showtime, Amnesty and Harvard among its business users, along with what it describes as "a boom in small business demand."
Supplying that demand is DesignCrowd's 100,000 designers that serve both the global and local markets.
“It's now possible for a small business to access 100,000 designers online. This is one of the reasons crowdsourcing is disrupting the traditional design industry. We now have twice as many designers on DesignCrowd than the whole of the United Kingdom,” DesignCrowd's CEO and founder, Alec Lynch said.
Actually the number is more than the number of designers in London (40,000) and New York (16,000) combined.
DesignCrowd has gone to some lengths to ensure that they aren't simply operating a digital sweatshop for starving creative types as well. The platform says it has paid over one million dollars in participation payments to designers who did not win contests, and launched BrandCrowd, a premium logo marketplace where designers can monetize unused designs.
Madison Avenue might not yet feel that DesignCrowd's model is an "everybody wins" approach, but it seems that just about everyone else might.
Here's a few more statistics culled from its platform that the company sent along:
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