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Do crowdsourced design contests work? You be the judge – and win!

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… stronger. Or so everyone always says.

A few weeks ago we discussed the use of crowdsourcing in design contests. Writing this blog – and reading the feedback we received in response to it – got us thinking. Why not try it out for ourselves? After all, we wanted to design a Microtask T-shirt, and crowdsourcing has made running design competitions easier than ever before.

Crowdsourcing the shirt on my back

Because we focused on 99Designs in this earlier post, it was a natural …

Tags: 99design contest crowdsourced design crowdsourcing crowdsourcing platform CrowdSpring design competition designcontest designcrowd designoutpost distributed work MycroBurst reDesignMe t shirts


Games at the museum: Mia Ridge interview

Posted on by Safia Bhutta

Culture heritage technologist Mia Ridge is a champion of crowdsourced museum gaming. Mia has worked as a developer for several world-class museums and is now writing her PhD on crowdsourcing digital heritage. She describes games as the “participation engine” of crowdsourcing.

Taking time out from her busy speaking schedule, Mia told us how and why museums should be raising their game:

How did you first become interested in crowdsourced

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Winner takes it all?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… rather disturbing article on crowdsourcing. The article focused on 99designs, a community for crowdsourced web pages and logo designs.

In theory it’s great. Say you want a new identity for your company. All you do is post a design brief on the website, and then sit back and watch the submissions roll in. At the end of the process you only pay for your favorite submission.

99designs has all the mechanisms you would expect to ensure chosen work is paid for, avoiding both copyright …

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Will 3D printing and crowdsourcing bring the industrial revolution home?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… than sending away to China for a spare part, companies like Ponoko will allow us to download its design and print it at home. Overseas factories will still exist where they are more efficient, but as Ponoko’s founder, Dave ten Have said “we are going to see a rebalancing – a considered move away from the mass centralization we’ve experienced in the last 30 years.” Products will have greater cultural relevance and intimacy.

The power of the people

Like 3D printing, the …


See hear: crowdsourced subtitles for everyday life

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… of the cost, day or night.

As well as helping deaf people navigate the noisy world, this crowdsourced transcription system is perfect for travelers who don’t speak the local language. The researchers plan to launch a smartphone app called Legion:Scribe this October, which will help you pay too much for souvenirs in almost any language you can think of.

The possibilities are truly exciting. The app could transform your smartphone into a Star Trek-style Universal Translator, …

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