New Features for Buyers and Creatives Ross and Mike | December 21st, 2009

Last week, after many months of development during 2009, we released 100% new software code for crowdspring.com. While rewriting the code that powers our site, we made a number of improvements – for both buyers and creatives. Here’s a list of those improvements and a brief description of each:

Improvements for Buyers

  • Ability to save and maintain drafts of projects before posting.
  • Tools to promote your project on Facebook, Twitter, and dozens of other social networks.
  • Ability to view submitted designs in their original size.
  • Health tool that compares your project to other projects on crowdspring.com.
  • More powerful notifications system.
  • Improved browser filters to let you find similar projects.
  • Significant improvements in site performance.
  • Entry slider to allow for better navigation between entries.
  • Completely revised and improved entry zoom tool in project galleries.
  • Ability to add and/or increase awards in projects.
  • Ability to exclude projects from search engines.
  • Substantially improved search.
  • Powerful new help center with all the answers you need.
  • More efficient and easier to use project wrap-up.

Improvements for Creatives

  • More powerful notifications system.
  • More powerful RSS system.
  • To further help protect intellectual property rights, communications between clients and creatives about submitted work are now private and entry scores are not shown until a project ends.
  • Tools to promote any project on Facebook, Twitter, and dozens of other social networks.
  • View your submitted design in its original size (client can also see original size).
  • Health tool that gives you important information about a project.
  • Significant improvements in site performance.
  • Entry slider to allow for better navigation between entries.
  • Completely revised and improved entry zoom tool in project galleries.
  • Substantially improved search.
  • Improved browse, including powerful filters that allow you to find new projects that might interest you.
  • Powerful new help center with all the answers you need.
  • More efficient and easier to use project wrap-up

We have many more great things ahead of us in 2010 and we can’t wait to share them with you…

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  • Chad Paulson

    Congratulations on the launch of the new codebase. I wish crowdSPRING the best for 2010 (and beyond).

  • Chad Paulson

    Congratulations on the launch of the new codebase. I wish crowdSPRING the best for 2010 (and beyond).

  • justinkramp

    I just created an account a week before the re-launch and saving draft projects was one of my wish-list items. Nicely done, looking forward to using your service.

  • justinkramp

    I just created an account a week before the re-launch and saving draft projects was one of my wish-list items. Nicely done, looking forward to using your service.

  • Jumana S.

    I liked the Slider and the “Improved browse, including powerful filters that allow you to find new projects that might interest you.”

    THANK YOU GUYS! :)
    You;re the best !

  • Jumana S.

    I liked the Slider and the “Improved browse, including powerful filters that allow you to find new projects that might interest you.”

    THANK YOU GUYS! :)
    You;re the best !

  • Rachel Stene

    I really like the new wrap up features for the creatives. Thanks for adding more flexibility.

  • Rachel Stene

    I really like the new wrap up features for the creatives. Thanks for adding more flexibility.

  • Spazie

    I did a wrap up today within 15 min. start to complete. It was awesome. Thanks for that!

  • Spazie

    I did a wrap up today within 15 min. start to complete. It was awesome. Thanks for that!

  • Ross

    Chad – much thanks for the kind words AND your personal contributions to the codebase.

    justinkramp – so glad to hear. It was a feature long coming and we’re glad to have finally added it.

    rachelstene – glad you like. We debated hard about that and think we’ve finally come up with a simple, intuitive process – thatnks to the great feedback from our community.

    Jumana – glad you like!

    Spazie – that’s AWESOME to hear. Would have been impossible to do in the old wrap-up.

  • Ross

    Chad – much thanks for the kind words AND your personal contributions to the codebase.

    justinkramp – so glad to hear. It was a feature long coming and we’re glad to have finally added it.

    rachelstene – glad you like. We debated hard about that and think we’ve finally come up with a simple, intuitive process – thatnks to the great feedback from our community.

    Jumana – glad you like!

    Spazie – that’s AWESOME to hear. Would have been impossible to do in the old wrap-up.

  • Andrew Armaneous

    While it’s of great value to have privacy and protection of intellectual property rights, I personally feel like the complete privacy of comments and ratings can cause more of a hindrance than being an aid – at least for Creatives.

    If anything, at least keep the rating system still open so that Creatives can understand if they’re headed in the right direction overall and not feel like they’re shooting blanks in the dark. With ratings being open, Creatives can benchmark themselves overall and either understand whether the Buyer is an tough rater or a more lenient one. With this, the Creatives involved in a project can learn from each other as the project progresses.

    I’m, of course, hoping that the rating system wasn’t/isn’t used to measure whether a person is above another by Creatives. I just think it can be a valuable tool for the Creative community to understand whether they’re headed in the right direction overall or if their creative take on the project isn’t quite the one being sought.

    Just my opinion. Great update/maintenance of the site overall nonetheless!

    – Andrew

  • Andrew Armaneous

    While it’s of great value to have privacy and protection of intellectual property rights, I personally feel like the complete privacy of comments and ratings can cause more of a hindrance than being an aid – at least for Creatives.

    If anything, at least keep the rating system still open so that Creatives can understand if they’re headed in the right direction overall and not feel like they’re shooting blanks in the dark. With ratings being open, Creatives can benchmark themselves overall and either understand whether the Buyer is an tough rater or a more lenient one. With this, the Creatives involved in a project can learn from each other as the project progresses.

    I’m, of course, hoping that the rating system wasn’t/isn’t used to measure whether a person is above another by Creatives. I just think it can be a valuable tool for the Creative community to understand whether they’re headed in the right direction overall or if their creative take on the project isn’t quite the one being sought.

    Just my opinion. Great update/maintenance of the site overall nonetheless!

    – Andrew

  • Nick Williams

    @x3GYPxTIANx with regard to privacy of comments and ratings…

    Let’s say I’m a creative and I read a buyer’s brief; I put some thought in to things and crank out some artwork that hits really close to the mark. Then let’s say you read the brief and were way off. Is it not fair to say that I’m the better creative as far as inference goes?

    Why should you be allowed to leech off of my ability to accurately infer what the buyer is looking for? I do half the work for you, getting more information from the buyer and contributing my own thoughts, getting their feedback – all of which takes MY time, not yours. Then you come along and pick up where I left off. That’s not fair. I’m not doing work for your benefit without being compensated. Being that there is no way to attribute credit for something like the above, the only acceptable solution to me is make things entirely private so all creatives start from the same point.

  • Nick Williams

    @x3GYPxTIANx with regard to privacy of comments and ratings…

    Let’s say I’m a creative and I read a buyer’s brief; I put some thought in to things and crank out some artwork that hits really close to the mark. Then let’s say you read the brief and were way off. Is it not fair to say that I’m the better creative as far as inference goes?

    Why should you be allowed to leech off of my ability to accurately infer what the buyer is looking for? I do half the work for you, getting more information from the buyer and contributing my own thoughts, getting their feedback – all of which takes MY time, not yours. Then you come along and pick up where I left off. That’s not fair. I’m not doing work for your benefit without being compensated. Being that there is no way to attribute credit for something like the above, the only acceptable solution to me is make things entirely private so all creatives start from the same point.

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  • Wendi

    Fellas, many things on my wishlist, so thank you for listening and congratulations! I look forward to another project with cS so I can try out the improvements.

    There was one change that left me feeling a little disappointed and that is one that appears to be controversial – hiding comments and ratings. I understand what Nick is saying, but from my buyer perspective, I must second Andrew. I firmly believe that feedback/ratings I provided on my project were extremely valuable to all creatives competing and served to increase competition all around. Yes, creatives get a lot of information from the project brief, but I think the ratings and feedback serves as a tremendous guide as the project goes along to produce the best end product. I’d be interested to hear what buyers and creatives who have projects running on the old and new and improved system think of this change.

  • Wendi

    Fellas, many things on my wishlist, so thank you for listening and congratulations! I look forward to another project with cS so I can try out the improvements.

    There was one change that left me feeling a little disappointed and that is one that appears to be controversial – hiding comments and ratings. I understand what Nick is saying, but from my buyer perspective, I must second Andrew. I firmly believe that feedback/ratings I provided on my project were extremely valuable to all creatives competing and served to increase competition all around. Yes, creatives get a lot of information from the project brief, but I think the ratings and feedback serves as a tremendous guide as the project goes along to produce the best end product. I’d be interested to hear what buyers and creatives who have projects running on the old and new and improved system think of this change.

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