If you are looking to have a new logo, business card, graphic or web site designed you know it is sometimes tough to decide where to get started. crowdSPRING, a Chicago-based crowd sourcing startup, might be a good option as it offers a marketplace for your design projects. Simply create a project and the design community will offer up suggested proposals. You can select the one you like the best and pay the designer a one time fee for the design you decide to choose.
This nimble rockstar team from Chicago (see photo below) has created an eye appealing site and experience. crowdSPRING reminds me of the TopCoder program which runs contests for design and development work but with crowdSPRING the marketplace is open to anyone to post contests for design projects.
crowdSPRING will be demoing at the upcoming TECH cocktail Chicago 8 on May 29, 2008.