Leading Arab Job Site Bayt.com Crowdsource New Design Online

| Jun 27, 2008 | comment 9 Comments

Bayt.comBayt.com, the leading job site in the Arab world, are looking to give their website a facelift, and instead of fully doing it in-house or going to some design company to work on it for them, they’ve decided to try and crowdsource the design online.

From their side, they’ve done a lot of thinking and benchmarking internally, and their staff came up with a preliminary design, that they’re now opening up to different people online to get a fresh perspective on it all, and how everything can be laid out and designed.

They’re doing this through 99designs, where they’ve posted a contest asking people to submit their designs and the way they see the website.

The initial mock-up files featuring Bayt’s own ideas and the elements they want included are provided, with a number of guidelines, what they’re looking for and need in the design, and the no-nos that designers should avoid.

The winning design gets a $500 prize.

It’ll be really interesting to see how this experience works out, and what comes out of it in the end. Really nice move from Bayt.com to try and explore different ideas and artistic directions.

The contest details, how to take part in it, as well as the already submitted designs can be found here: Bayt.com Homepage Facelift.

  • http://www.crowdspring.com Ross

    Mohamed – buyers, particularly start-ups, really benefit when they buy creative services in non-traditional ways. One of the huge advantages is choice! And buyers don’t need to sacrifice normal processes to buy creative non-traditionally. For example, we run a creative services marketplace (http://www.crowdspring.com) that lets buyers set their price, post a creative project, watch designers from around the world submit actual designs, and then the buyer picks the one we like.

    We are different in a number of critical ways: we offer free legal agreements to protect the purchase of intellectual property, end-to-end project management including file transfer, and great customer service. And we offer a guarantee: if you don’t get at least 25 entries, we’ll refund your money (and our commission). No questions asked. You will not find these features anywhere else!

    I invite you and your readers to take a look.

    BTW – enjoyed reading your blog. Great to learn more about Arab technology startups.

    Ross
    co-Founder
    http://www.crowdspring.com

  • http://www.crowdspring.com Ross

    Mohamed – buyers, particularly start-ups, really benefit when they buy creative services in non-traditional ways. One of the huge advantages is choice! And buyers don’t need to sacrifice normal processes to buy creative non-traditionally. For example, we run a creative services marketplace (http://www.crowdspring.com) that lets buyers set their price, post a creative project, watch designers from around the world submit actual designs, and then the buyer picks the one we like.

    We are different in a number of critical ways: we offer free legal agreements to protect the purchase of intellectual property, end-to-end project management including file transfer, and great customer service. And we offer a guarantee: if you don’t get at least 25 entries, we’ll refund your money (and our commission). No questions asked. You will not find these features anywhere else!

    I invite you and your readers to take a look.

    BTW – enjoyed reading your blog. Great to learn more about Arab technology startups.

    Ross
    co-Founder
    http://www.crowdspring.com

  • http://www.360east.com Ahmad Humeid

    I don’t know. This sounds somewhat lame to me.

    Would you catch Apple doing this? Or BMW?

    Companies with reputations for great design don’t go around posting $500 contests for people to submit “cool designs”.

    Are they looking for better eye candy? Or are they looking for some real design thinking that solves problems and engages users.

    Crowdsourcing can be useful. Maybe as research tool. But not as a way to generate great design.

    With just 1 day to go for the contest, I didn’t see any outstanding design work among the 10 entries they got.

  • http://www.360east.com Ahmad Humeid

    I don’t know. This sounds somewhat lame to me.

    Would you catch Apple doing this? Or BMW?

    Companies with reputations for great design don’t go around posting $500 contests for people to submit “cool designs”.

    Are they looking for better eye candy? Or are they looking for some real design thinking that solves problems and engages users.

    Crowdsourcing can be useful. Maybe as research tool. But not as a way to generate great design.

    With just 1 day to go for the contest, I didn’t see any outstanding design work among the 10 entries they got.

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  • http://trade-media.com Djilali Tabbouche

    Wow, just found this post now.
    Strange move form Bayt.com, didn’t expect that…

  • http://trade-media.com Djilali Tabbouche

    Wow, just found this post now.
    Strange move form Bayt.com, didn’t expect that…

  • https://www.jobsindubai.com/career.asp?qArticleID=32&page=3 Middle East Jobs

    well jobsindubai.com is also a good spot for job seekrs

  • Mis Koala

    Also a very good website for CV writing is Neowise Dubai jobs Corporation Company base in Singapore but do International job searching http://www.neowise.org

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