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I need a great looking icon for my mobile game.

I have a few questions regarding the process of hiring a graphic designer to do it:

  1. Which is (are) the best website to publish the Request For Proposal ?
  2. Is it common practice to ask for a couple of logo/icon drafts so that I can pick the one I prefer ?
  3. When does the client usually pays the designer (at order, final delivery time?)

Any feedback or advice will be appreciated.

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marked as duplicate by Byte56, Sean Middleditch, Josh Petrie, bummzack, Maik Semder Apr 2 '13 at 20:52

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1 is one... I personally haven't used it myself but it is one freelance site I know of... You will have to discuss that with the person you hire... And I'm not sure how its paid :) – Savlon Mar 25 '13 at 11:11
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Use and you can dictate the terms. Generally you would offer 50% of the agreed amount up front and the rest on completion. Elance uses escrow to hold the funds so that both the buyer and professional have peace of mind about the financial transactions. It is also common practice to ask for somewhere around 3 different variations of the design. Again the terms can be entirely dictated by you and people will bid accordingly. I'd say something like 3 variations with 3 revisions total would be good.

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Here is a good article that lists several alternatives and pros-n-cons: Also, you should read the comments for community "what worked, what didn't" kind of feedback. I've successfully used 99 Designs for my icons and graphics in the past.

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+1 99designs is a good one too – Technik Empire Mar 25 '13 at 14:25
Thanks for this nice article. After reading a lot on 99designs and browsing through their submissions, I think I don't want to publish a contest on this site. Their commission is abusive, if I pay $500 for the logo, I don't want the designer to make only $300. – Sebastien Mar 26 '13 at 13:06

My personal favorite is:

The basic idea is that you start a logo creation competition where you give the describe what the logo is for, any requirements you have, and how much you will pay for it. Then a bunch of freelance designers will create it for you and you use the prize money to buy the one that you think is best. Just note that buying professional grade logos can get a bit expensive (most are around $300).

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