Thanks for reading – I’ve been on Core77 for awhile, but have only recently been browsing the discussion forums. I love, love, love, industrial design, but unlike most of you – I’m not blessed with the artsy gene. I’m in the idea-stages of starting up a sneaker accessory brand, and I really want to incorporate great design or ID elements to it, but unless you have loads of money it’s extremely difficult to find great designers.
I’m sure there are a bunch of sites or ways to reach out to great designers like yourselves (without spamming Core77 forums! ), are there any that you could recommend to me? Or any ways to go about finding great free-lance designers?
Or even, where I could find a creative partner and offer a percentage of future profits?
And finally, since I’m new to all of this and have never commissioned a designer before, what are some questions that I should be asking to make sure they’re legitimate and that I get good work?
I actually saw your thread before, then the other below and didn’t realize they weren’t the same post. Anyhow, see the post in the below thread as I think it addresses most of your questions.
PS. I’d forget about the royalty or creative partner thing. I get asked this a lot and most of the time, it’s the first indication that the client is not serious or has no chance or it turning into a good project. If you can’t even pay for the design, how would anyone expect you to pay to make the project a reality? Design is such a small part of bringing anything to market, asking for a creative partner for free design is like going to buy a car, and asking if you can get the car if you just pay for one tank of gas, but promise you’ll be able to pay for the rest later (sorry, analogy a bit off, I know).
Thanks so much for the tips! Yes, I’ll forget about the percentage thing – you’re right, design is such a big element of my brand that I should guarantee some money.
I see that you’re based in Toronto, represent!