99designs makes it easy and cost-effective to get a great logo for your law firm—something missing from many solo and small firm websites and stationery—or a professional-looking website. It is not DIY-cheap, like making your own logo in Word or putting together your own website, but 99designs can be a lot less expensive than hiring a designer. It’s basically crowdsourced deisgn.
Most of the solo practitioners I have encountered have letterhead that is just their name in boldface. Some even
spend waste money getting this printed professionally. This always leaves me with the impression that the attorney is an amateur, or at least that he is still struggling to put his firm in order. That is not a good impression to make on a client, and probably does not help you with opposing counsel, either. The same goes for law firm websites.
Yes, you probably should have a website
Although many people say that every law firm needs a website, it isn’t true. Some law firms probably don’t need a website—although your law firm is probably not one of them. The rest of us need a good website, not just any old website. That six-year-old website with yellow text on faux-granite wallpaper is doing more harm than good, unless you are trying to brand your firm (and yourself) as out of touch and technologically illiterate.
Fortunately, fixing these problems is fairly quick and painless with 99designs. All you have to do is post your project requirements, and designers will respond. You can comment on submissions, and then you pick the winner. Aaron recently used 99designs to get a beautiful logo for a non-Lawyerist project for probably half what he would have paid if he hired a designer. He got dozens of submissions, and had a hard time choosing one from the front-runners.
How 99designs works
With 99designs, you set the “reward” price, and you have the option to back out if none of the submissions are acceptable. The number of submissions to your project depends on what you are willing to pay, as well as what kind of project you are posting. Logo design projects tend to get more submissions than custom WordPress theme projects, for example.
Besides logos, you can post design projects for business cards, stationery, flyers, custom WordPress themes, and other design needs. If it is time to improve your logo, website, business cards, or stationery, give 99designs a try.