I know you're all waiting with bated breath for my follow-up to the last post, in which I tell you what my life is REALLY like (just this morning, I ate FOUR Hershey's kisses in a row! Try not to be jealous).
But before we get around to that, I desperately need your input on something: my new website.
It's no secret that www.jenniferjeffrey.com is in dire need of an update. It's fusty! It's musty! The color is oddly rusty!
Sorry. Bad rhymes aside, we can all agree: my website reaaaalllly needs a fresh new look.
So a few weeks ago, I discovered an intriguing concept: it's called Crowd Spring, and it's a site where you can submit a graphic design project, and (hopefully) receive multiple submissions from graphic designers around the world.
If you know anything about me at all, you know that I love the myriad of ways the web creates opportunities, and that I'm fascinated by business models that make use of emergent trends and technologies. This is one of those.
Let me say, before I go further, that I do have reservations about designers or other creative types working "on spec" and I certainly don't think that this is a solution for the majority of design projects. HOWEVER, for a small site like mine, I thought this might be a perfect fit.
It's been 6 days since the project began, and I've gotten 24 submissions so far. The quality is wildly divergent - some of the designs are middling, many are awful, but a couple of them are pretty good.
Will you check it out? Tell me which designs you like? I'd love your input.
NOTE: the copy on the comps is purely FPO (for position only) - the designers took some of the copy from my existing site, and some of it from a document that I attached to give them more reference, so pay NO attention to the words. Just the design.
When the process is all through, I'll write in more detail about my thoughts on the experience, but for now - just go. Tell me what you think.
And hey - thanks!
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While you're there, check THIS out: None other than social media guru Jeremiah Owyang is using Crowd Spring to develop a new banner for his blog. Snap!