Posts by Jon Kolko

When Google buys 99designs, the traditional design industry is screwed.

Most designers I know hate 99designs. 99designs is a marketplace for design work – things like logos, clothing, websites, and more. Customers in search of a design can start contests, designers submit their work, and the customer selects a design. It boasts 444,000 happy customers with an average 4.7 out of 5 stars, $200M paid to designers, and a 60 day money back guarantee.
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When The Business Wags The Dog

Designers often make bad business decisions. Our “good design” negatively impact the business. Making the buy button red and huge may drive sales, but it makes designers cry inside: it runs counter to their established aesthetic sensibilities, and feels like a bad design decision. And so we make it small with tiny text, and revenue goes down.
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Design Is A Mess.

Design is muddy and frustrating and wonderful. The artifacts we create during the process are sloppy and incomplete and fleeting. And for all of our efforts to jam creativity into the confines of business, design floats on the brink of manageability, hanging in the balance between being a driver of innovation and total chaos.
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