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This article was published on August 13, 2013

    Swiftly: A new service from 99designs that provides quick fixes from designers for $15

    Swiftly: A new service from 99designs that provides quick fixes from designers for $15
    Josh Ong
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    Josh Ong

    Josh Ong is the US Editor at The Next Web. He previously worked as TNW's China Editor and LA Reporter. Follow him on Twitter or email him a Josh Ong is the US Editor at The Next Web. He previously worked as TNW's China Editor and LA Reporter. Follow him on Twitter or email him at [email protected].

    Design contest site 99designs has launched a new site/brand in beta for hiring designers to help out with simple fixes. Swiftly charges a flat $15 for the service, which draws from the 99designs community.

    The idea behind the new service is that small businesses without in-house designers will now have a convenient 24/7 option when in need of a minor tweak to a logo or graphic. The model is reminiscent of the Casting Words transcription service, which taps Amazon’s Mechanical Turk to source transcribers.

    99designs expects jobs to be completed within a couple hours, and the average turnaround for tasks during its testing phase was 20 minutes. When I filed a sample request to change the TNW logo from orange to purple, a designer submitted the completed work in less than 30 minutes.

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    With the new site, 99designs is branching out into a different area of the design industry. One key difference between the two sites is that Swiftly draws from a select group of designers, while 99designs contests crowdsource from its community.

    Swiftly’s aggressive pricing makes it well worth it for non-designers to outsource tasks instead of spending hours fiddling on their own. It should also be a huge boon for lean startups that lack in-house designers. The service is in beta now, but I expect it to take off…well, swiftly.

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