You too can have a custom Twitter background

In February, we felt it was time to spruce up our Twitter page and we crowdsourced a custom background through Australian 99designs.com – the Web’s largest crowdsourcing marketplace for graphic design.

99designs is a disruptive startup which connects passionate designers from around the globe with savvy clients who need design projects completed in a timely fashion without the usual risk or cost associated with professional design.

Proving the disruptiveness of their model, the past president of the BC Chapter of the Society of Graphic Designers called us out  publically on Twitter.

We forged on and our results ended up being fantastic – and we’ve used the same winning designer to refresh our media kit and business cards outside of 99designs contest platform since.

99designs seems to have clued into the fact that a simple project like a Twitter background is the ultimate testing ground for their platform and have now added a Twitter Background Design category to their site. Since a Twitter background has a uniform size, file type, and layout, the price can’t go too high and the amount of time spent on one tends to be short. This makes the 99designs contest format ideal for this type of project and a win-win for everyone involved.

Interesting Canadian connection – 99designs was founded by the same guys behind web developer resource Sitepoint.com – Australian Mark Harbottle and Vancouverite Matt Mickiewicz.