This actually looks promising. It's so rare to see one of these massive work sites launch that isn't massively, obviously evil. Just to see one that is merely exploitative reads like a step up.
DeviantArt’s New Service Turns Users Into Massive Outsourced Creative Team | The Passive Voice | Writers, Writing, Self-Publishing, Disruptive Innovation and the Universe
DeviantArt, the enormous online artist showcase, is moving into the creative services business with the launch of its new program, DreamUp.
Over the past 13 years, DeviantArt has grown into one of the top 100 websites in the U.S. and has become the go-to portfolio site for DreamWorks directors, Marvel comic book artists, and millions of emerging talents. It has also become a popular spot for Kickstarter project creators to source a logo, photography, or other creative assistance.
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DevianArt’s new service, DreamUp, acts as a complimentary site to give art patrons a place to connect with designers, illustrators, and photographers to work on everything from story boards for a film to custom tattoo designs. With 26 million members and over 155,000 artworks uploaded every day, there’s plenty to choose from.
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Clients can post jobs like designing a book cover and have artists apply to be selected, or they can browse portfolios and pitch their project to an in-demand creator. Either way, DreamUp takes a cut and everybody wins.
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Unlike markets that get filled up with page after page of amateurs or hack submissions, DreamUp curates the designers with an invite-only policy. “We don’t allow any creative to work on any project,” explains DreamUp product manager Chinmay Lonkar. ”We vet them based on their portfolios. This helps avoid the photographers competing for logo projects.”