99designs.com is by far the best way of getting quality designs for a very affordable price. It's a great concept allowing you to run a design competition where designers all over the world can participate and contribute their unique ideas.
Elena's Models is an online dating site with 200,000 active members from 167 countries of the world and we needed a new logo which would create a new identity for our site. 99 designs allowed us to run a design competition where we received 208 designs from 34 designers all over the world, with so many great ideas and designs, it made it hard for us to choose a winner! Thanks to 99designs, they gave us the facility to run voting polls where our website's users could rate competing designs, and we had hundreds of our users voting for the best design in 4 polls.
At the end, we have selected a design that scored the highest ratings with our users and which as we feel reflects the best what our website is about, helping people find love around the globe and connecting single people from different countries. The "global heart" design by the winning designer was the perfect concept for our site and the design was very professional and stylish.
The feedback process by 99designs allowed us to work with participating designers and critique the designs, to improve the initial ideas and get the perfect design. We could ask designers for many revisions and they would do them very quickly and submit updated designs, which allowed us to get up to 10-15 versions of the designs we liked. (Go to an offline design company and all you get is 2 revisions, and if you aren't happy with them, too bad!)
I have the greatest respect to all designers who participated in our project and worked with us through the process; they are a great asset to this online marketplace. 99designs made it possible for all of us and it's wonderful that a place like this exists.
We will definitely use 99designs in the future again!
Founder and CEO