Paige, Shona and I have spent time this week planning the up and coming safecoin logo competition. One issue has come up that we wanted to get some feedback on, that is: Should we use a platform to run the competition or should we have the designers submit artwork directly?
As with any decision there are pros and cons to consider, here are the key points as I see them:
The amount that each platform takes varies, but typically you can expect between 60/70% of the fee to go to the designer. The most widely used platforms only accept fiat currency, removing our ability to use bitcoin and/or safecoin as the prize, this is paid in advance. Furthermore, a platform comes with a ready made pool of designers, ensuring that regardless of how much awareness we are able to raise on the competition, we will still have a pool of designers working on the project.
Most platforms limit the time of the competition to around 7 days (this could be seen as both positive and negative). The platform provides a clear, public and objective framework for the contest, ensuring that all the rules are verified by a third party before the competition starts and it is made clear that the copyright is owned by the community. The platform also enables the designs to be publicly viewed.
Not using a platform provides more freedom in terms of competition time and the currencies and rewards we can offer and it also means that 100% of the prize goes to the designer. Running the competition without a platform would make sharing designs more time intensive and we would not have access to a ready made designer pool, meaning that the a successful PR campaign surrounding the competition becomes critical. The lack of a platform will make the process less open to the participating designers and in running the competition ourselves we would need to be more aware and spend more time looking at legal aspects, such as terms and conditions and copyright ownership.
Please let us know what you think?