Category Archives: Client Advice

The Startup’s Guide to Budget Design

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A recent Hacker News thread pointed out that Stack Overflow used 99Designs to crowdsource their logo. As usual when somebody mentions 99Designs, this prompted a lively debate on the evils of spec work.

But setting morals and ethics aside for a moment, you can’t ignore the appeal of 99Designs’ promise of cheap, good-enough design. So I thought it would be interesting to explore the different options out there when it comes to design that doesn’t break the bank. Read More…

GroupTalent’s Andrew Kinzer on Finding, Picking and Hiring Designers


Folyo is by no means the only company that helps you find a designer. On the low end, 99designs has conquered the “get it done for cheap” market.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for higher quality work, Scoutzie is targeting the same market as Folyo and seems to be doing well too.

But keep climbing up and increasing project scopes and budgets, and you’ll find GroupTalent.

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UX vs UI: What Type of Designer Should You Be Hiring?

Whenever the topic of hiring a designer is being discussed, the distinction between user experience design and graphic design is sure to come up.

Someone will typically point out that while most companies think of a “designer” as someone that makes things pretty (i.e. graphic design), the real value of design lies in improving how things work and creating a better user experience. Read More…

Full-time vs Freelance

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On top of short-term contract jobs, Folyo also gets a lot of full-time job offers. If you’re wondering which way to go, here’s a couple things you should know.

  • Designers on Folyo are mostly freelancers. While some of them might be open to being hired full-time, you should know that you’ll generally always get more replies for a freelancing gig than a full-time position.
  • Since Folyo is international, you might also get a lot of replies from designers outside your country. You should mention in your job offer if obtaining a visa for them is going to be a problem, or if that’s something you can take care of. Read More…