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"It's a scam. From a contest holder:"This is a joke. Lxxxxxx coerced Dxxx Hxxxxxxxxxxx into choosing him as the winner of the contest so he could get the job without any competitors getting in the way. This is a breach of contest rules and unfair to all other designers. We apologize to all the legitimate designers that probably could have won the contest with designs that were much better than this garbage. It's an unfair process and 99designs needs to declare the contest unfair and rigged. 99designs should disqualify Lxxxxxx and refund the money back to Dxxx Hxxxxxxxxxxx. Unfortunately this is not happening and DH will be seeking legal relief to remedy the situation.""
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"I am a contest holder and paid over £400 to hold a competition After a couple of days I tried to log in to leave the hard working designers reviews and feedback, so they could modify their designs before the end of the competition (in 2 days)I was shocked to find out that 99designs had blocked my account and wanted me to upload a copy of my passport (no way), before I can access my accountI checked with my credit card company to see if there was an issue with the payment, no there is not the money has been takenI am now waiting for a response from their customer support department, who appear to be non existent In the meantime time is running out for me to leave feedback and get the designs modified"
"They deleted my account for no specific reason without warning."
it is terrible
"I'm a designer and I'm terrified of what's happening there.In the contest only my design had the best rating and I won. But ... Later comes the message my work was chosen by chance. Sorry, I do not understand how you can choose randomly !!!About the limitations in the competition. I know that I still have a contest for reaching the limit (I consider them). But for some reason I can participate only after a week. What a new rule !!!In one contest my work was deleted. I was told that this is a copy of my other work. Although the design and images are completely different. What a mess goes upFrom support in general, no sense, either do not answer, or the only answer is - all according to the standard.Why such a terrible attitude towards designers !!!!!"
"Was scammed hard. Paid $475 and expected original designs. I couldn't have been more disappointed. I did a reverse-image search of each logo submitted. Every single logo was plagiarized, so I requested a refund, but 99Designs ignored me completely. Beware! Thankfully I found another company (vxlogos.com) to design my logo and couldn't be happier. "
"Terrible experience. Tried contacting their helpdesk on numerous occassions since my designer could not speak english and couldn't read my brief.They told me oh well get over it.Been trying to get in touch with them and they keep ignoring.Asked for a refund and they said no, we will extend your contest period longer.If you want to waste 600 bucks on the most basic package rather go to fiverr. Much better experience for 10 times less the price."
"Terrible experience as a contributing designer. The site lacks some of the important qualities of a "real contest" and you are completely at their (99Designs) mercy. I participated in many contests. I was selected as a finalist in six of them. Of the six two selected other winners (totally ok) and two selected me (that was awesome of course) but two never selected a winner at all...they just let the contest go stale. Then, out of the blue, with no warning after just a few months, I got an email stating that my account with them had been suspended. Just like that - they stated my designs did not meet their high standards. Well, first of all, what exactly are their standards? There is no documentation other than a single page that provides a few suggestions about how to make your design more favorable. Second, how could I have made it to the final round in six contests and how could I have received four (and sometimes five) star ratings and positive comments on my designs if the quality of my work was so poor. Lastly, so what if it wasn't Manhattan advertising pro quality. Why shouldn't I have the same opportunity to submit a design to a contest as any other person. Isn't it the very definition of "contest" to provide fair competition among people with varying skill and experience allowing the "best" to filter to the top? Interestingly they suspended my account (meaning I had zero access to it) while I had funds waiting to be transferred to me. My recommendation - avoid at all costs. Another thing to consider, something I found frustrating when I was working with them was that they advertise original designs but allow their participants to use stock images and clip art in their designs. Unfortunately these are the people that win the most contests. If you really want to do this type of design work, there are other crowd sourcing sites out there - or you could just start your own freelancing site and really exercise your creativity."
"tried this company but they could not deliver for me. Too many options but none followed my specifications"
"Signed up for a contest for my design. Received 34 submissions. Customer service has gone straight to voicemail for two days now and I cannot get a callback. I can't cancel the contest as I was told I could, and the designs that were submitted either A. have copyrighted material stuck in them or B. Look like they were made in MS paint. "
"I've used 99designs twice for a logo and a refreshed web site. Both times the winning designer did outstanding work and followed the design brief. They offered lots of choice and the turnaround time was less than a week. It's a great way to get quick feedback and response on any new look and feel."
"We had such a great time with this contest from start to end. First off, the site was very easy to use. There was nothing confusing about it and we were able to find our way around with no problem. The layout allows you to get TO any page FROM any page, which is nice. It is clearly laid out with the contest host in mind because reviewing designs is so simple. You can flow right from one designer to the next with no problem. Second, the concept of a contest for a prize is clearly the best way to get your logo done. We had 240 designers from all over the world literally competing for the prize money which motivated them all to work harder than you could believe. Where else can you get this? There is no possible way to get this for the relatively low price that you pay with 99designs. Third, the customer service was outstanding. We submitted probably 10+ questions and inquiries to the customer service team, all of which were answered quickly and accurately. They really went out of their way to ensure that we had the best possible experience.The value is incredible. I could not ask for a better price for such an outstanding service. I have already used the 1-to-1 project 3 times and am using it now with our winning designer. I actually ended up with 25 logos purchased from this contest because I liked them all so much I just wanted to buy them from the designers so that I would own them."
"I was really impressed by 99designs.com. The whole process is straightforward (and actually quite fun). 99designs gives you the opportunity to have several people submitting and working on designs for your company. You would pay a similar amount for one designer without the variety that multiple designers bring to the table. I would definitely recommend this company."
"Great spectrum of creative input, timely and reasonably priced. It's perfect for our ad hoc project requirements."
"LOVE them!!!!!!amazing diversity of designs offeredloved being able to preview a lot of designs before picking my favourite!very responsive - and loved the result."