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The world of flat-rate design subscription services looks a lot like the Olympic games. Each platform has its strength and does its best to win a gold medal in a particular category. But there are always such platforms that are considered pentathlon athletes: they are good at more than one category.
One of them is Design Pickle, strong and fast. However, like every athlete, this platform might not always perform according to your high expectations. As a result, you might decide to look for its rivals to root for.
To find the best of all the Design Pickle competitors out there, we decided to throw a competition of our own. We’ll compare famous design subscription platforms based on key criteria, create a ranking and announce our flat-rate design king. Ok, let’s finish with the introduction and get down to business.
Design Pickle is a popular design subscription platform that offers unlimited graphic design for a fixed monthly fee. What makes this platform popular is the combination of numerous services and affordable prices for them.
Although Design Pickle has a lot of devoted fans, every rose has its thorn. Likewise, some things that occur when using this platform drive people to look for its alternatives. Let’s see what it is about Design Pickle that can make you turn to its competitors.
The most mentioned feature of Design Pickle is its “unlimitedness.” The platform promises you numerous designs in a matter of days. However, as it turns out, all of your design requests form a queue and thus establish the order in which designers carry them out. But you can get only 2 designs ready in a day.
Besides that, you can get only two designs in a day. So, the whole concept of "unlimited" designs becomes, in reality, pretty much limited.
Design Pickle claims that its users can use the Slack messaging app to communicate with their designers. There, they can attach files and add comments to explain your vision of the design.
However, this feature is available only for Pro subscription users. The customers that have only a Scale subscription have to use their emails to converse with the designers. This, in turn, makes it a lot harder to collaborate and produce good results.
Are you a digital business owner whose business is a website or app? Then most probably, you turn to Design Pickle for different graphic design services. However, you won’t find the crucial one ― UI/UX or app design. Consequently, you’ll need to look for other platforms that include these features. This means spending extra time, money, and resources.
Before we announce our competitors, let’s clear out the rules of this battle. The tournament participants are Design Pickle, Awesomic, Flocksy, Kimp, ManyPixels, Penji, and Kapa99. Each of them will be assessed on a 5 point scale on a basis of such criteria:
Meet our first contestant — Design Pickle. Once a champion, every year it has to compete with more and more rookies. Yet, today we’ll see if it succeeds in proving its championship. Ready, steady, go!
The platform suggests four types of design services: graphic design, custom illustration, presentation design, and motion graphics. Within these categories, you can get such designs:
However, on Design Pickle, you won’t find features of 3D design, complex graphics, UX/UI, or app design. Neither will you be able to request a complex illustration, digital painting, or game assets.
The services that Design Pickle offers have two tiers of subscription. Each tier differs not only by the price but also by the services included in it.
A major drawback of this platform is that presentation design and motion graphics don’t offer you the Scale tier. Moreover, motion graphics price is justified by the graphic design included in it. However, not every customer needs this extension and has no choice but to overpay.
The customers of Design Pickle have a special place for designers’ skills in their reviews. In particular, they say their designers created results of high quality, were attentive, helpful, and talented.
On the other hand, some customers weren’t that satisfied with their designers. They mentioned their performance as mediocre, missing instructions, hard to communicate, and not putting effort into their work.
As the platform promises, on average, it takes up to 2 days for customers of Design Pickle to get the result of their request. Of course, depending on the complexity of the design, the turnaround time can shift.
Unfortunately, this is often the case with Design Pickle. As you may see in customers’ reviews above, some designers of this platform might delay the time of your request’s delivery.
The customers of Design Pickle can contact its support team by calling the support line. They can also use the chatbot to message, search for the needed article, or request a demo.
Design Pickle doesn’t offer a free trial option. If you want to see how this platform works, you can request demo videos with instructions. But the information in these videos is restricted to several options and doesn’t cover all the features you’ll use thoroughly.
Those who aren’t satisfied with the designs provided by the platform can request their money back within the first 30 days of subscription. Design Pickle claims to return 100% of what you spent.
The next contestant on the arena is a rookie that’s been competing against giants of the flat-rate subscription services industry since 2020. In just a year’s time, it has already completed more than 4000 tasks and worked with 700+ customers. Let’s see what this newbie can show us.
Awesomic offers its users up to 2 designers that work on your request every business day. This allows you to receive design updates every day. The platform’s scope of services includes such types of designs:
No matter the plan, Awesomic will provide you with source files for your tasks, a licensed 10 million resources library, and unlimited users of the account.
The platform offers you 3 pricing plans. At Awesomic, you can subscribe for either of the plans at the following prices:
The Light plan will be useful for you if you need catchy visuals and advertising for your brand. With it, you can also get POS materials and case studies.
If you’re looking for product design like an app, landing page, UI/UX, logo, or presentation design — a Pro plan offers you these options.
The third tier — Ultimate — offers a combination of the previous tiers. Moreover, it even doubles them as it offers two designers.
According to reviews on Trustpilot, Awesomic clients value designers’ professionalism, creativity and attention to detail. They also praise them for being reliable, having an agile approach and in-depth knowledge of UI design. Plus, Awesomic’s customers point out the top-notch results they got in a short time.
The skillfulness of Awesomic’s designers even inspired its developers to create a new feature on the platform. This was caused by customers who wanted to say additional “thank you” to their designers in the form of tips.
With Awesomic, you can see the first results on the next business day. All in all, turnaround time depends on the complexity and number of revisions. Graphic tasks usually take up to 5 business days whereas bigger projects like UI/UX need twice as much time.
The customer support of Awesomic is available 24/5. The support managers can help the customers via chat available on the platform. There is also an option of communicating through email or scheduling a call if the customer’s request needs it.
Instead of a free trial, Awesomic offers a 1-week demo period for the price of $7. During the test drive, you can try out the features of every pricing plan and receive the first design concepts.
Within the first 7 days of using Awesomic, you can get your money back if you weren’t fully satisfied with the platform.
It’s time to meet our next participant — a community-centric graphic design service that’s been on the market since 2017. During this time, it’s gained a solid reputation. Let’s see if that’ll be enough for a victory.
Penji offers a wide variety of design options starting from basic designs up to complex tasks:
However, besides such a range of services, you can’t request 3D modeling or animation on this platform.
With Penji, you have three options of subscription:
Pro plan allows an unlimited number of users or brands if you use Penji for numerous clients. However, the only service you can get is graphic design.
Team plan includes the same as the Pro plan, adding illustration and UX/UI design. With the Agency plan, you get the whole package of previous services plus two designers, unlike one in other plans.
In general, Penji’s users say they had a good experience working with their designers. In spite of a nice overall impression, people do notice that sometimes it takes time to find a best-fit designer.
Still, some customers had to return the design multiple times because a designer made minimal changes and wasn’t properly supervised by the project manager. Therefore, it took too long to get the job done.
Penji promises you a fast turnaround between 24-48 hours. More complex tasks like landing pages and app design require more time.
Penji provides human customer support without any chatbots or answering machines. Nonetheless, according to the reviews above, people would like to have better onboarding support when they only start working with a flat-rate platform. Plus, an account manager is offered only for Team and Agency plans.
There’s no free trial available.
No matter what monthly plan you have, Penji offers you a 15-day money-back guarantee without any conditions or strings attached.
Our fourth contestant has been in the game since 2016. Over these years, it’s been helping business owners get creative content in various industries. Now, let’s get ready to rrrrumble!
Flocksy specializes in several areas besides graphic design. It also offers services of copywriting, video editing and creation, and voice-overs. As for design, you can find such features:
However, Flocksy can’t provide you with illustrations with extreme details, 3D, UX/UI, or app design.
Flocksy offers you to choose between 2 plans of subscription. They differ in the types of services provided and the number of users your account can have.
The Team Plan allows you to add only 5 users to your account compared to 20 users of the Access Plan. In the same way, a team package can offer you to have 1 active project at a time, whereas the access plan will deal with 2 active designs at once.
As to the services, the team plan includes graphic design, copywriting, and custom illustration. The access plan includes all of the services the platform provides. However, those who only need a specific type of design have to overpay.
Reviews on Trustpilot show that, in general, customers are satisfied with designers’ skills on Flocksy. They note that designers work in a timely manner and are easy-going when it comes to revisions.
However, people also complain about different professional styles, as each task is completed by a different designer. Some even blame the algorithm, claiming it often assigns poorly qualified specialists to do the job.
Flocksy claims that most of its requests are fulfilled within 24 hours. However, it notes that it’s only an estimated timeframe, and more complex tasks will require more time. Flocksy keeps its word, which is supported by customers’ reviews.
Either of the subscription packages provides you with a project manager that helps you communicate with the designer and customer support team. You can get customer care via email, phone, or chat. The platform claims to help you with your problem during business hours.
There is no free trial. Moreover, the platform doesn’t offer any demo videos to let you see how it works.
At Flocksy, you can request your money refund within the first 14 days of the platform’s use.
It’s high time to welcome our next athlete. Launched in 2019, this newbie has gathered a team of 250 designers working in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Will it beat other contestants? Let’s see.
At Kimp, you can find both video and graphic design. However, unlike other platforms, Kimp offers a graphic design subscription with very limited services included. There, you can find such options as:
As you can see, the services provided by Kimp are pretty basic. Those who are in need of UI/UX, website, or app design won’t find this platform useful.
As Kimp focuses on graphic and video design mainly, it offers matching subscription tiers:
Each of the tiers includes unlimited requests, revisions, and brands. You can also add an unlimited number of users and use stock images for free. Moreover, Kimp offers a 50% discount for the first 30 days of any subscription tier.
The platform has a fully in-house design team, so they don’t work with freelancers or outsourced specialists. They explain this choice by willing to provide high-quality designs all the time, which is confirmed by the platform’s users. They enjoy the quality of designers’ work, their skill set, and reliability.
However, some users claim that the quality of work is sometimes inconsistent. Others note their designers lacked creativity and didn’t follow design briefs correctly.
Kimp claims to create 2-3 designs to review within a business day. However, if you have a complex task, they will tell you the estimated deadline.
Kimp provides you with one project manager that will walk you through all the processes. Moreover, you can use the platform’s live chatbot, send an email with a particular request, or book a call with a team member.
You can enjoy a 7-day free ride on Kimp. During this period, you can make some requests, but they’re limited, so you only get concepts with watermarks on them.
For trial of the video plan, you can get 1 video up to 15 seconds in length. The graphic plan allows you to request three simple prints or digital creatives. Graphics + video plan — both of these.
However, the platform doesn’t fulfill such services as logo designs, landing page designs, brand mascot, or brand character designs during the trial period.
Kimp doesn’t provide a money-back guarantee.
Our next contestant is a remote company with team members located around the globe. This, in turn, doesn’t make it a weaker competitor for other flat-rate design subscription services. Since 2018, it has served over 1,200 customers and completed 15,000+ designs. But will it be able to withstand the competition we’ve thrown today?
The platform focuses on graphic design only and offers such services:
The ManyPixels’s scope of services is similar to Design Pickle’s. Both of them don’t offer UX/UI, app, or website design.
The platform offers three plans for you:
For the price of the Essential plan, you are assigned to one designer who can create only easy designs like illustrations, posters, banners, and social media ads.
To request more complex tasks like logos, presentations, landing pages, website design, etc., you have to choose the Advanced plan.
When you upgrade to the Business plan, you also get an additional designer and prioritized support. As the platform suggests, this plan suits agencies and medium /large businesses.
Honest reviews show that most clients are happy with the designers’ level and the end result. Customers value the timely manner and admit the great quality of the work.
However, there are still unsatisfied customers who didn’t have such a pleasant experience at ManyPixels. Apparently, sometimes people are matched with poorly qualified designers who “didn’t have any idea what they were doing.”
ManyPixels doesn’t have a set output timeframe. As the platform explains it, the designers don’t work per request, rather per day. It means that in one subscription day, you may expect completed design of one of the following:
More complex designs can take up to 5 days to complete. And the same goes for the easier ones that might be prolonged by several revisions.
ManyPixels suggests you communicate directly with your designer. Note, that the platform doesn’t offer you any dedicated account manager as lots of other Design Pickle alternatives do.
For any other issues, they offer you to use a chatbot, send an email or book a meeting with the Customer Success Manager.
ManyPixels doesn’t have a free trial option. Still, you can find out how the platform works by using a scheduled call option.
You get a full 14 days money-back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with the platform. Pay attention that a refund is possible for the first subscription only. Also, ManyPixels reserves the full legal rights of the creative projects.
So, we’ve come to the most interesting and intriguing part: announcing the results of our competition. Through careful research and weighing the pros and cons of each platform, we determined a winner. And the best Design Pickle competitor as of November 2021 is — drumroll, please — Awesomic.
Have you expected the final result of this competition to be like that? Yes, Design Pickle has been a leader in the outsourced graphic design world for a while. However, the reality is that there are more and more top-notch platforms appearing on the market. And they have a lot to surprise you.
What does it mean for you? Now, you have a clearer picture of not only one possible variant but a long list of high-quality Design Pickle alternatives. And which one to choose? Take your time, weigh the pros and cons, and choose your personal favorite.