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Logo Contest Reviews - Our Top 5 Logo Design Contest Sites

Logo design contests are all the rage these days and many websites have sprung up to cater to the demand for suitable platforms for crowd-sourcing design projects. We decided to review some of the top websites that host logo contests. Hopefully this information will give you some guidance if you are wanting to hold a competition for your logo design but aren't sure which company to go with.

Using the ranking criteria outlined below we rated each of these websites against the others. We then came up with a list of the five logo contest sites that we feel are the best.

Above all we recommended 99designs for logo contests. CrowdSpring came in at second place in our rankings. Click on the links below to read our full review of each logo design contest site.

Our Top 5 Logo Contest Websites

1) 99designs
2) CrowdSpring
3) Logo Design Guru
4) Logo Tournament
5) DesignCrowd

Not in Our Top 5 - Listed Alphabetically

- 48HoursLogo
- DesignContest.com
- Hatchwise
- Logo Arena
- LogoMyWay
- Mycroburst

Ranking Criteria

There are many things to consider when it comes to ranking one logo contest site against the other. One of the main criteria is how well established each of these sites are. The older sites that pioneered this crowd-sourcing approach to design like 99designs have thriving communities of designers so that you can be sure that your contest will receive plenty of attention. Some of the newer 'copycat' sites have communities that are not so active. Some sites have large pools of designers that can be counted in the tens of thousands while others only have a few hundred designers competing on their site. 99designs has over 100,000. Most sites allow you to view the contests that are currently taking place so we could visit each site and see how active the contests were.

Design quality is also an issue that we considered. Many logo contest sites have design portfolios of past winners and this can be a great way to determine the quality of the logos that their contests are generating.

Pricing is another important criteria and we also took this into account. Different logo contest sites have different minimum requirements when it comes to the prize money that contest holders put up. There are usually also additional set up and processing fees.

Another important aspect that we considered is the right that you have to a refund. Some sites will give you a full unconditional money back guarantee if you choose not to guarantee your contest. Others will withhold certain fees or impose other conditions that they set out in the fine print on their 'terms and conditions' page.

We also looked at the ordering process where possible to see how easy it is to complete the brief and what additional features were available. The more professional sites give you lots of options. These include the choice to make your contest public or private, the option to get additional promotion for your contest and the right to extend the contest's duration among other features.

We view reputation as an important criteria for consumers. A decent site that has been established for at least a couple of years has usually had time to build up some customer feedback and media coverage online. Wherever possible, we have included links to any press that a logo contest site has had as well as links to independent websites that feature customer reviews and complaints. While you can't believe everything that people write online you can get a fairly good feel for a companies reputation and reliability by searching for user feedback and comments. We have included links to references like the Better Business Bureau, consumer complaint portals, blogs and forums in our reviews. We took some of these opinions into account when determining our rankings.

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