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Douglas Karr is the founder of The Marketing Technology Blog. Doug is the CMO of CircuPress and CEO of DK New Media, an agency specializing in assisting marketing technology companies with their inbound marketing - leveraging social media, blogging, search engine optimization, pay per click and public relations. Their clients include Angie's List, GoDaddy, Mindjet and many more. Douglas is also the author of Corporate Blogging for Dummies.

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  1. Douglas – Thanks for including us in your list.

    FYI we’ve just launched a new, fairer form of ‘hybrid crowdsourcing’ where customers can invite and pay specific designers to submit to design contests – see our press release from today: http://prwire.com.au/permalink/18300/design-contest-website-launches-hybrid-crowdsourcing-model-with-15-000-designers-2

    Key point is this means designers get guaranteed payment regardless of if their design gets selected. Crowdsourcing does not have to be winner takes all or, as you put it, “not great for designers”! If you’re interested in doing an interview of myself or running a case study project through DesignCrowd please get in touch via http://twitter.com/designcrowd 😉

    Also, here’s a few logo design resources on our website.

    Alec Lynch

  2. Doug,
    While I commend your ability to Google “logo design”, I find the entire proliferation and celebration of cheap logo design distasteful. The sites you’ve offered simply offer sleek looking icons (akin to “your name here”), with no strategic thought whatsoever.

    Pushing crowdsourcing logo sites – while posting tips on ensuring you get an “original” logo – is laughable if not slightly negligent.

    You are correct on one point: you do get what you pay for. However, my hope for your readers would be they do a little more due diligence before awarding their logo as part of a design contest.

    Steve Nealy
    Principal, creative director

  3. Hi Steve,

    Appreciate the feedback (really do) and I understand the compromised position branding agencies are under to prove their worth. I have no doubt of your value – I’ve seen firms like Kristian Andersen take companies from nothing to hundreds of millions of dollars – some of it owed to their brand recognition.

    Logo design is under attack – not unlike any other web-based company at this point. We’ve got folks like Chris Anderson yelling “Free!”. Video hosting sites can’t compete with YouTube, Analytics companies have struggled with Google, and CMS systems like Squarespace competing with WordPress.

    I could take a stand and argue “No Spec”, but I’ve personally used some of these services and gotten extremely good results with them. There’s no hiding the fact that as much as you don’t like them, they’re growing in popularity. And for a company that’s cash-strapped and can’t afford a professional branding, why not go for a cheap, sleek logo? They would have done without anything otherwise.

    I’d love to have you do a post on why you would avoid some/many of these services!

  4. GeniusRocket (www.geniusrocket.com), headed by ex-AOL exec Mark Walsh and run by Peter LaMotte, has world class crowdsourcing capabilities for logos and other creative needs.

  5. Thanks for sharing the list!
    We just launched a new logo design contest site: http://www.logoarena.com

  6. Please remove marvellogodesign from your list because it’s FRAUD.See http://pondpad.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=3856 andhttp://www.wordpressblue.com/2009/08/marvel-logo-designs/

  7. Beware of Marvel Design Logo Designs. Stay away are they take age to reply. Highly unprofessional.

  8. Thanks for share this great resource as a logo designer this resource help me to get some more better ideas about logo designing.

  9. I’ve recently made a logo with http://www.logotypers.com They took my sketch and turned it into a professional logo for only $10 (but you have to upload a sketch, or a ppt or something to guide them)

  10. All resources of logo design sharing are useful, stunning design with creative presentation. Great stuffs shared by yours. Much appreciated and feel grateful for beloved sharing.

  11. I love this list. The fact you’re offering a variety of options for people and links, well done…this is a keeper!

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