Understanding project stages

On 99designs, we have made the project process more manageable by dividing the project flow into three different stages. This includes the Discuss, Design & Delivery phases which you must all complete in order to finalise your project. 


At this stage, you’ve either pre-agreed your quote and rate, or you’re entering into defining that with your designer.

When working with a designer, it’s really important to make sure you’re on the same page.
This means taking the time at the start of the project to include the following in your discussion:

  • The budget
  • What deliverables do you need
  • How do you intend to use the design/s
  • The deadline

Other helpful information and resources that will help your designer include:

  • Sharing your project vision and brand values
  • Any design inspiration, or a mood board
  • Files required for the design e.g. logo files
  • Any text copy to be embedded within the design
  • File specifications including size and dimensions for any print designs

After your designer has everything they need, they will create a quote for the project. You will pay these funds upfront, which will be secured on 99designs. These funds will not be released to the designer until their work is finalised.


During this stage, the designer will present their concepts and revisions to you.
Concepts are the initial designs a creator shares in order to establish a design direction.

Revisions are the round of iterations made to a design based on your feedback. 

When giving feedback, it’s important to be clear and specific. You can leave annotations, as well as comments on each design by clicking on the file.


The project thread is also a great place to leave more detailed feedback which can be seen by both you and your designer.


Finally, you will enter the final delivery stage, where you and your designer will prepare the final versions of your design. Your designer will notify you that your deliverables are ready for you to download in your project. We recommend that you only release the payment to your designer when you are happy and have received all of your final assets.

And you’re all done! All you need to do is check you have signed the Design Transfer Agreement and download your final files and review the designer.


by Vladanland

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