LogoMyWay Review – Win $200 For Your Own Custom Logo

May 21, 2009 - Written by Gyutae Park  

What’s a logo worth to you? Whether you know it or not, your logo is extremely important and contributes to the overall perception of your site. It’s more than just a pretty graphic design – it represents your brand image (i.e. what your site is all about).

So should you invest in a high quality logo? I say yes. I was lucky enough to have a logo idea for Winning the Web before I started the site, but I don’t recommend this route to everyone – especially if your graphic design skills are limited. For a few hundred dollars you can utilize the talent of professional designers all around the world and get a logo you can be proud of. That’s money well spent if you ask me.

logomywayWhich leads me to the following review… I was recently introduced to a site called LogoMyWay, a graphic design marketplace that connects website owners with designers. The site is based on the crowdsourcing model, which I absolutely love. It’s the best way to get great designs for your sites.

This is basically how it works…

  1. You submit a project description for a graphic design including company name, slogan, what you do, industry type, top 3 things to communicate through your logo, target audience, and preferred fonts, styles, colors, and elements.
  2. You specify a prize amount ($200 to $1,000) and you pay up front.
  3. Once your design contest is up, you start getting entries from designers who essentially compete for your money. Meanwhile, you can add feedback to the designs, rank them in order of preference, and eliminate the ones you don’t like.
  4. After a few weeks (or set time frame), you choose a winner. You get your favorite logo or graphic and the winning designer gets the prize money (LogoMyWay takes a 10% cut).

I’m a big fan of this crowdsourcing model because it enables you to see quite a few different options for your logo. Designers are motivated to give you what you want, and in the end you have much more control over the final result. Compare that to hiring a single designer to do work for you. You send him a description and he comes back to you with 3 or 4 similar designs. If you don’t like any of them, tough luck.

LogoMyWay vs. 99designs

The market leader in crowdsourcing design sites is 99designs. I’ve used them twice for a logo and a book cover and was not disappointed. This is definitely where the future of web design is heading.

The biggest difference between 99designs and LogoMyWay is that LogoMyWay guarantees a winner for every contest. If you start a design contest, you’re obligated to pick a winner and award the prize. On the other hand, this isn’t a requirement on 99designs. You can potentially start a contest, get designs, and walk away without selecting a winner. While this does lessen the risk for yourself, it also limits the amount of effort and commitment desginers are willing to put into your project. LogoMyWay hopes to attract the best designers by guaranteeing all contests.

Why Use LogoMyWay?

So why use LogoMyWay rather than similar and more well-established sites like 99designs? LogoMyWay is still very young, but is growing at a rapid pace (1,000 registered designers and 50 new ones joining everyday). What this means is that a new contest that you submit will get maximum exposure and entries. On the contrary, 99designs is huge and a lot of times your contests get buried with all of the other competing ones.

For example, when using 99designs I submited 2 prize amounts ($250 and $200) and got 26 and 32 entries, respectively. The quality of the designs was high and I was very satisfied overall. As for LogoMyWay, my friend set up a contest for his new blog logo and got 150 entries for a $200 prize amount – with 5 days still to go. The quality of the entries was more mixed in this case, but it was made up for by the sheer numbers. A lot of great designs here as well.

Check out some of the top logo entries for Career Lifting (my friend’s new upcoming blog).

careerlifting-logos

There are currently 2 other active design contests on LogoMyWay – eBaum Nation and Jim Krukal’s Scratchback. Take a look for yourself.

scratchback-logos

Win $200 for Your Own Logo at LogoMyWay

Joe, the founder of LogoMyWay, is a fan of Winning the Web and wanted to give one of my readers a chance to get a customized logo. He’s going to give the winner $200 to set up a design contest. That should be plenty to get a high quality logo for your site.

Here’s how to play… don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

  • Tweet this message: “RT @gyutae Win $200 for a custom logo for your site at LogoMyWay. Here’s how: http://bit.ly/xg2qT”
  • Leave a comment on this post about your thoughts on LogoMyWay and why you should win (including site concept if possible).

Next Wednesday May 27th, I’ll go through the comments and select a winner. Good luck!

Update: Winner is Jonathan Volk… Let’s see what logos he can come up with through LogoMyWay.

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14 Responses to “LogoMyWay Review – Win $200 For Your Own Custom Logo”

Jonathan Volk on May 21st, 2009 Subscribed to comments via email

I’m starting up a new experimental site that uses social contests to get traffic and is monetized by affiliate programs and advertisers.

Should be interesting and could get you some free traffic if I win via twitter and my blog. Haha.

That is why I should win. 😉

Jonathan Volk on May 21st, 2009 Subscribed to comments via email

Twitter: @JonathanVolk

 
Gyutae Park on May 21st, 2009

Haha, way to jump on this Jonathan. 🙂
Sounds like you have a very interesting idea there… looking forward to seeing it in action! I’m sure some good logo ideas could come out of it as well.

 
 
Marius Sescu on May 21st, 2009 Subscribed to comments via email

I’m blogging about advertising, social media and technology and I didn’t manage to create a logo that represents me and my blog perfectly, maybe because the blog adress it’s my real name.

Best regards.

 
Luke on May 21st, 2009

Not sure if I would use the logo for selfish reasons and come up with a new logo for BlogAboutBeer.com or if I would share the wealth with my business partner who just launched CouponLanding.com with me.

I designed the crumby logo which is there now but if the site/brand is ever going to really take off, it could definitely use a professionally designed logo!

And besides, John Volk makes more money a month than I’ve seen in my lifetime; he can afford to buy his own logo 😉

(twittered about the contest @livingstonmedia). Cheers.

 
Darren Singleton on May 21st, 2009 Subscribed to comments via email

I have two new websites in development and could do with some aide in getting them going. Having a logo to start branding one of them would be a great start, I agree that brand is very important.

Twitter : @darrensingleton

 
Kelle on May 21st, 2009 Subscribed to comments via email

I see lot’s of great logos on logomyway. I have a pottery site I need a new logo for. Count me in.

 
Youngistaan on May 22nd, 2009 Subscribed to comments via email

Nice contest i will try to make some logo if i can.

 
Beth on May 22nd, 2009 Subscribed to comments via email

I’m in the process of creating a new DIY site that helps consumers find greener products and materials for their projects. I SUCK at logo design and could really use some help getting a good one for the new site.

 
Beth @ Smart Family Tips on May 22nd, 2009 Subscribed to comments via email

Tweeted the post @smartfamilytips.

Forgot to discuss the concept of LogoMyWay in my earlier comment — I think it’s a great way to do business. The last time I had some design work done, I worked through a single designer. In the end, I was happy with the work, but it would have been great to have more options to choose from. LogoMyWay seems like a set-up that would work out best for everyone involved.

 
Agent 001 on May 28th, 2009

Nice service. I have used 99Design as a designer. I think I am late to win this small contest.

Anyway I have tweeted @ https://twitter.com/BloggerAgent001/status/1950111058

I will be glad if I am entered into the contest.

 
Gerri on May 31st, 2009 Subscribed to comments via email

Just missed out on this. It seems like a pretty decent service where you could end with the logo you want or better.

 
ZK @ Web Marketing Blog on June 21st, 2009 Subscribed to comments via email

Many designer is ready to design your whole website at the cost of $200 only.

But however I am sure this one have top notch quality service.

 
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