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Thought I would share where I get a lot of my design work done.

www.designoutpost.com

This site is a forum however you go there and post contest. So, maybe you post a $150 prize for a logo and give all of your requirements and then you usually have 4 or 5 designers competing for your money.

You have to pay up front and the website gets a 10% cut above the prize amount but I still think it's worth it. Nothing like having 10 good designs to choose from instead of one from one designer :thumbsup:


Quick hint: If you decide to use them post feedback often and keep your thread near the top so designers see it. They also like feedback good or bad. Logo contest go best there but I've also had a very nice door hanger, website and post card done there as well.
 

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Thought I would share where I get a lot of my design work done.

www.designoutpost.com

This site is a forum however you go there and post contest. So, maybe you post a $150 prize for a logo and give all of your requirements and then you usually have 4 or 5 designers competing for your money.

You have to pay up front and the website gets a 10% cut above the prize amount but I still think it's worth it. Nothing like having 10 good designs to choose from instead of one from one designer :thumbsup:


Quick hint: If you decide to use them post feedback often and keep your thread near the top so designers see it. They also like feedback good or bad. Logo contest go best there but I've also had a very nice door hanger, website and post card done there as well.
www.kbkgraphx.com

Keith has done some GREAT work for quite a few of us in the PW industry.

I have my stuff printed at www.colormation.com Nice prints, nice cuts, cheap prices, only problem is the delivery time, they're a 6 day UPS ground trip from me!
 

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I have my stuff printed at www.colormation.com Nice prints, nice cuts, cheap prices, only problem is the delivery time, they're a 6 day UPS ground trip from me!
I'll have to take a look at colormation.com. I've had success with http://www.48hourprint.com. Very nice print work.


I've heard good things about Keith but I also like to choose between more than one design. Just a matter of preference I guess. Might be confusing to some.
 

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I'll have to take a look at colormation.com. I've had success with http://www.48hourprint.com. Very nice print work.


I've heard good things about Keith but I also like to choose between more than one design. Just a matter of preference I guess. Might be confusing to some.
What do you mean, more than one design? I'm sure he'd be willing to accomodate any needs you have.

I've also heard good things about www.twigonestop.com for printing, but their prices are higher than colormation.
 

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What do you mean, more than one design? I'm sure he'd be willing to accomodate any needs you have.
He may give you different revisions but in a design contest you may have 10 different designers all coming up with ideas and revisions for you. That is a lot of originality and effort that you just can't get with one person.

But I'm sure not everyone would like that route. Sounds like he does great work. :thumbsup:
 

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He may give you different revisions but in a design contest you may have 10 different designers all coming up with ideas and revisions for you. That is a lot of originality and effort that you just can't get with one person.

But I'm sure not everyone would like that route. Sounds like he does great work. :thumbsup:

Gotcha. That's what I get for not reading the first post carefully. LOL
 

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I'm real picky about printing. Most samples I have seen from copiers (as opposed to actual setting) are fuzzy. Also, I like good stock with glossy UV coatings. On door hangers, I prefer 14 pt glossy stock.

The best quality I have seen thus far along with the cheapest price has been from www.gotprint.com. They have a decent overrun as well.
 

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I'm real picky about printing. Most samples I have seen from copiers (as opposed to actual setting) are fuzzy. Also, I like good stock with glossy UV coatings. On door hangers, I prefer 14 pt glossy stock.

The best quality I have seen thus far along with the cheapest price has been from www.gotprint.com. They have a decent overrun as well.
Yea, i'm sure they do a great job but so does http://www.48hourprint.com. They will send free samples if you wish. I was really impressed with how my door hangers turned out. :thumbsup:
 

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Yea, i'm sure they do a great job but so does http://www.48hourprint.com. They will send free samples if you wish. I was really impressed with how my door hangers turned out. :thumbsup:
Hiya Nathan, got samples from everyone including 48hourprint (they used a thinner stock). There is a ton of competition and I still say gotprint's were sharper with better stock. Their business cards are absolutely unbeatable. I think as long as you have a CA company their rates are gonna be comparable.
 

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Have you had good results with door hangers?

Do you canvass an area or just put them on the neighbor's houses when you do a job?
I do both. My Door hangers were targeted at Vinyl Siding Cleaning. They were distibuted in areas with lots of vinyl and Mature trees. Usually try to distribute in same area at least three times within 2 months. (every 3 weeks)

I have gotten about a 1.5% call rate and close only 1/3 of those. I beleive that the responders to the doorhangers are expecting a low price.
 

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I've always used www.quantummail.com

Good prices, good stock, and anything from matte finish to high gloss. The best thing is the postage is included in the price. They have all my address' on file, so I design a piece like a flyer, postcard, etc and they print my address' right on them and mail them the next day. I sent out 1400 jumbo postcards with 6 of my before/after pics on the front for $700.

I just used Keith at KBK Graphx for the first time last week to design a roof flyer for me, I was very pleased with his work. I uploaded the design to quantum mail and sent them out yesterday. He is now working on a new website header for me. I highly recommend him, great guy.
 

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I've always used www.quantummail.com

Good prices, good stock, and anything from matte finish to high gloss. The best thing is the postage is included in the price. They have all my address' on file, so I design a piece like a flyer, postcard, etc and they print my address' right on them and mail them the next day. I sent out 1400 jumbo postcards with 6 of my before/after pics on the front for $700.

I just used Keith at KBK Graphx for the first time last week to design a roof flyer for me, I was very pleased with his work. I uploaded the design to quantum mail and sent them out yesterday. He is now working on a new website header for me. I highly recommend him, great guy.
That's a LOT of money for 1400 postcards! I get 5000 printed for $200.00, so 1400 costs me 56.00, and the postage to mail 1400 of them costs me 336.00. Thats $392.00 plus $15.00 in labels and a couple hours' time.

Do they have a limit on the number of cards you can send at one time, as far as a minimum?
 

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It's really not that expensive. Printing, Sorting, stickering, mailing (you left out the price of the mailing list, Mike) $700 is in the ballpark as long as the cards were first rate. You also have to consider the price break for getting 5000 printed. Your unit price would be more at say 1500 printings.
 

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It's really not that expensive. Printing, Sorting, stickering, mailing (you left out the price of the mailing list, Mike) $700 is in the ballpark as long as the cards were first rate. You also have to consider the price break for getting 5000 printed. Your unit price would be more at say 1500 printings.
The price of the mailing list? Mine are free!

Do they supply the mailing list?
 
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