Design crowdsourcing market opens new office in Manila

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Thursday, April 24, 2014


MANILA–Crowdsourcing marketplace DesignCrowd yesterday announced it has opened a new office in the Philippines, to support the company’s rapid growth in the Asia-Pacific region.

DesignCrowd connects businesses to skilled designers from around the world to complete graphic design work like logos, business cards, banner ads, product packaging, and more.

The marketplace has over 170,000 designers registered around the world who have earned more than P685 million. The Philippines is in the top six largest countries of designers on the marketplace, representing a regional crowdsourcing hub. The new office will make crowdsourcing more accessible to businesses and designers in the Philippines, the company said.

The new office is located in central Manila and will be responsible for providing regional sales and technical support to new and existing DesignCrowd users.

Chris McNamara, chief operating officer of DesignCrowd, said that it was the right time for DesignCrowd to expand into the Philippines.

“Being in such a central location, we anticipate that our new Manila office will be a hub for DesignCrowd Customer Service, providing expert technical support to both designers and customers in the region.

“As crowdsourcing is becoming more widely used by businesses from all around the world, the Manila office is expected to double in size over the next 12 months, to accommodate this increasing demand. We are looking to fill the office with passionate and dedicated staff, that have experience in design and can serve our growing community well.

“Small and medium sized enterprises account for 99 percent of the total number of registered businesses in the Philippines, and created over 3.8 million jobs in 2011,” McNamara said.

The Filipino SME sector is experiencing healthy growth and showing no signs of slowing down.

McNamara said, “Crowdsourcing is a great way for small- and medium-sized businesses to gain access to a broad range of design talent, without having to spend the big money that traditional agencies charge.”

Stephanie Soon, DesignCrowd’s service consultant in Manila, said, “With such a large proportion of Filipino business being small and medium sized, we’re excited about growing the design community and making crowdsourcing even more accessible to a larger number of businesses in the Philippines.”

Designers use DesignCrowd to supplement their incomes. Some of the top designers in the Philippines have earned over P796,000 in just two years. On average, the top designers in the Philippines are earning over P34,000 per month by submitting designs on the DesignCrowd website. (PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 25, 2014.

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