Do you do your website design in-house or do you outsource?
We are always needing some form of design work done at SavvySME, however we've chosen to outsource the tasks when we need it done. How do you handle your design work? Do you have one provider, do you outsource to different providers completely or have you justified a in-house designer?
Wendy, we do all of our design in house and are happy to take on new work as well. We have a team of dedicated designer that handle all of our internal design needs as well as projects from other businesses. Contact me if you need any work completed.
Wendy for me it depends on the project sometimes I draft something other times I outsource it to an amazing design team.
We outsource all our work overseas. oDesk has gotten REALLY expensive for good designers because design work is hands down the easiest thing to outsource, so you're competing against cashed up VC funded US startups.
In order to get competitive rates, we've found going to specific job boards in various locations has worked -- we've hired from Domestika in Spain and zip.lv in Latvia, generally looking to pay around the USD $20/hour mark.
The output will always depend on your own "art direction" but some examples of stuff we've done recently are:
http://www.decalmarketing.com/ (our own brand)
http://www.theprocedurepeople.com (our own brand)
It takes a bit of effort to find someone that works well with you and your own management style, but I've always found that with the right processes and management in place outsourcing overseas is pretty stress free (it was tougher at the start ;)