Frequently Asked Questions

New to Designs Desk?

  • What is Designs Desk?

    Designs Desk is an online design marketplace that provides businesses with risk-free custom graphic design by giving designers a safe platform to compete for design projects and get paid for their work.

    Entrepreneurs, small businesses and large businesses use Designs Desk to get the best logo designs, website designs, graphic design, t-shirt designs, and more. Buyers simply post the details of their project describing what they need, when they need it and how much they're willing to pay. After a project is posted, designers from around the world will submit custom tailored design concepts for the Buyer to choose from until they find the perfect design.

    Looking for a creative design? - Post a project on Designs Desk and we guarantee you'll find a design that you love as your satisfaction is always 100% guaranteed and is backed by our risk-free money back guarantee. Name your own price, set your own schedule deadline and list your project requirements - Finding the perfect design has never been easier!

    Interested in getting paid for your design skills? - Designs Desk is a powerful tool that was created to help Designers earn income on their own schedule and capture their share of the multi-billion dollar design industry. Designs Desk can help you build your design portfolio, establish highly valuable long-term relationships with clients and get paid for your design skills.

  • How do I get started?

    Buyers / Businesses "Buyers" are people that need design work completed.

    To get started, simply click the pink "Start a Project!" button and follow these simple steps:

    1. Select the project category (the type of design that you need).

    2. Name your price and complete the simple design brief questionnaire.

    3. Enter a valid payment method to pay for your project fees on the final step of the design brief to officially post your project.

    4. Wait for the designers to begin submitting design entries and score each design entry with detailed feedback for the best results.

    5. Pick your favorite design entry when the project timeframe expires and download the final files in the "Wrap Up" phase section of the Designs Desk Account Dashboard.

    Designers "Designers" are people that want to submit design entries and get paid for their design skills:

    To join the Designs Desk community and start participating in design projects, follow these simple steps:

    1. Sign up for a "Designer" account on the Sign Up page.

    2. Browse open design projects and start submitting designs on the projects that you're interested in.

    3. After you find projects that you want to work on, visit the individual project pages and click the "Submit Your Design" button. As you submit design concepts, the Buyers will score your entries with detailed revisions feedback. Quality work is always rewarded and you'll be paid for your work each time a Buyer selects your design concept as the "winning entry".

    The top designers will be showcased on our "Designers Leaderboard", which makes it easier to be found by Buyers and is recognition of the "Best of the Best" on Designs Desk.

    If you have any additional questions, take a look at our "How it Works" videos or contact our support team by sending an email to:

  • How does the 100% Money-Back Guarantee work?

    Designs Desk offers a 100% Money-Back Guarantee on all design projects. Satisfaction Guaranteed.

    Not happy with the designs?

    If you didn't like any of the designs submitted, simply send us a message within 7 days of your project closing and Designs Desk will issue a full refund for the entire cost of your project.

    What happens to the designs if I ask for a refund?

    If you ask for a refund on your project, you are NOT legally entitled to use any of the designs submitted to your project.

  • How is copyright handled? Who owns the designs?

    Each designer owns the copyright to their designs until they have been selected as a "winning designer" by the Buyer. The Designer transfers the rights over the winning design to the Buyer at the end of the project, during the "Wrap Up" phase. The "Wrap Up" phase gives both the designer and buyer the ability to electronically sign the Design Handover Agreement. After both parties electronically sign the Design Handover Agreement and the designer uploads the final files during the "Wrap Up" phase, the ownership rights are transferred to the Buyer.

  • What is the project Wrap Up phase?

    After a buyer selects a winning design entry as the winner, the project will move into the "Wrap Up" phase. The Wrap Up phase allows the buyer and designer to communicate any finishing touches / final revisions to the design and facilitates the actual exchange of the final design files.

    During the Wrap Up phase, the buyer and designer are given access to a shared page to communicate on a 1-to-1 basis to complete the project. The buyer can request revisions / updates to the winning design entry and download the final design files. The designer can submit the revised designs on the Wrap Up phase page and upload the final files.

    After the buyer is satisfied with the final design files, the Buyer can approve the payment to allow Designs Desk to transfer the money to the designer. After the "Approve Files and Release Payment" button is clicked by the buyer, the project is officially complete and the designer gets paid.

  • What types of designs can be crowdsourced on Designs Desk?

    Buyers can get anything they want designed by the world's most talented designers and all projects fall into 1 of 4 main project categories: Logo Design, Graphic Design, Web Design and Company Naming.

    The entire list of project categories can be found on -

    The most common types of design projects completed on Designs Desk include:

    Logo Design

    Stationery Design

    Business Card Design

    Web Page Design

    Graphic Design

    Banner Ad Design

    Brochure Design

    Flyer Design

    Invitation Design

    Poster Design

    Icon Design

    Illustration Design

    T-shirt Design

    If you are unsure which project category is best for your project, simply select the "Graphic Design" category.

  • Why is Designs Desk better than the traditional design process?
  • How do I contact customer support?

    Visit our Contact Page to submit a help ticket or click the "Live Chat" link for immediate assistance. You can also send an email to: for faster customer support.


Help for Buyers:

  • How does a design project work?
  • What types of design projects can I post?
  • How much does it cost to post a design project?
  • What is a design project?
  • How do I post a design project?
  • What is the difference between a coded and un-coded web design?
  • How do I write a good design brief?
  • Can I invite designers to my design project?
  • What if I don't like the designs submitted on my design project?
  • What is a "Gallery Privacy" project?
  • How do I choose a winning design entry?
  • After the design project time limit expires, how long do I have to select a winning design entry?
  • What happens after I pick a winning design entry?
  • How much should I spend on a design project award?
  • How is copyright handled? Does each project include a copyright transfer agreement?
  • Can I end my project early?
  • What final file formats should I ask the winning designer to provide?
  • Why is it important to rate and provide feedback for every design entry?
  • How do I report a problem with a Designer for inappropriate behavior?

Help for Designers:

  • What is a design project?
  • How do I get started as a Designer at Designs Desk?
  • Do I have to pay to submit design entries on a design project?
  • Why should I join Designs Desk as a designer?
  • How do I submit a design entry for a design project?
  • Can I receive email alerts each time a new design project is posted on Designs Desk?
  • How and when do I get paid?
  • Who owns the designs? How is copyright handled?
  • What does the Design Handover agreement between Buyers and Designers look like?
  • What should I do if someone has copied my design work?
  • How are the final design files transferred during the Wrap Up Phase?
  • Do I have to upload the source files with my design entry submissions?
  • My design has been eliminated. What does this mean?
  • What file format and size should you upload so that your design displays correctly in the project gallery?
  • Why is the design entry gallery hidden on some design projects?
  • Can buyers modify their project brief after the design project has started?
  • Can you use clip art or stock photos in logo design entries?
  • How does the project Wrap Up Phase work?
  • What final file formats are you required to deliver if you win a design project?
  • What happens if the Buyer asks for a complete redesign after selecting your design as the winning design entry?
  • Should you compress multiple files into 1 single ZIP file during the project Wrap Up phase?
  • Can I upload previous designs into my Designs Desk portfolio?
  • Why is it a good idea to create a design portfolio on Designs Desk?
  • Can I promote my Designs Desk designer portfolio on my website?
  • What happens if the Buyer requests a refund under the terms of the Money Back Guarantee?
  • The buyer has picked me as the design project award winner!! What happens now?
  • How do I know that I'll get paid after I upload the final design files? How long will it take to get paid?
  • How do I report a problem with a Buyer for inappropriate behavior?

Pricing & Payments for Buyers:

  • How much does it cost to post a design project on Designs Desk?
  • What payment methods do you accept for design project posting fees?
  • Can I pay using PayPal?
  • What is the minimum budget required for a design project?
  • Can I get a receipt for my payment?
  • Why do I have to pay upfront?
  • What type of payment security does Designs Desk offer?

Fees & Payments for Designers:

  • What are the fees for using Designs Desk as a Designer?
  • How and when do I get paid?
  • PayPal is not offered in my country. Can Designs Desk pay out project award funds using another payment method?
  • What is the payment currency?
  • After receiving a payment award confirmation email, when will the funds be transferred to my PayPal account?
  • How do I update my PayPal email address on the Designs Desk Account Dashboard that is used to receive PayPal payments?

Designs Desk Account Dashboard:

  • How do I unsubscribe from designer emails?
  • What should I do if I forgot my password?
  • How do I change my username?
  • How do I change my screen name?
  • How do I change my password?
  • How do I adjust my email notification settings?
  • What time zone does Designs Desk display?
  • How do I add or remove a follower from my Followers List?
  • How do I reply to a private message?
  • How do I upload an avatar profile image?

Intellectual Property:

  • How does Designs Desk help protect intellectual property rights?
  • Who owns the design work submitted by Designers on Designs Desk?
  • How do I report something inappropriate or a violation of intellectual property?
  • What does Designs Desk do when a user reports a possible violation of intellectual property?

Troubleshooting Technical Issues:

  • I'm not getting any Designs Desk emails. What should I do?
  • Can I post a project if I'm a designer?
  • How can I report a software bug or feature request?
  • I getting an error message on your site. How can I report this?