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Why Outsourcing Your Graphic Design Can Be A Bad Idea

By May 22, 2019 No Comments
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In the world of professional graphic design, outsourcing overseas has become a big problem due to the charm of lower prices. Big or small, most companies don’t really know what they’re getting themselves into when they try to cut corners to save a little money on their project. While not every outsourcing company is terrible, there are a few drawbacks you should be aware of if you choose to go this route. That’s why we would like to provide you with the following reasons outsourcing your design could be a bad idea.

Cheaper May End Up Costing You More

One of the main reasons companies fall victim to the drawbacks of outsourcing is cheaper prices. Keep in mind that you get what you pay for. Just because something is cheap, doesn’t make it quality. If you don’t really care how your design project looks and resonates with users, then, by all means, hire an overseas graphic design company.

Furthermore, many outsourced projects are copied and changed only slightly. This means that the design you pay for can actually be sold to one of your competitors. Even worse, you can fall victim to many licensing and copyright problems that aren’t easily resolved if the graphic design company you hired is located in a different country with different laws.

A Significant Amount Of Wasted Time

Along with the headache of getting a cheap, low-quality design comes the additional issue of wasted time. This is because many outsourced companies are not experienced in the field of graphic design or don’t have enough social and cultural experience to understand the U.S market. This, in turn, can lead to issues like micromanaging and excessive conference calls to get your project where it needs to be, leading to a significant amount of wasted time. Time spent communicating and relaying requirements to another company on the other side of the world can be an exceedingly daunting task.

A Lack Of Quality Control Standards

When it comes to fast, cheap, and good, it’s nearly impossible to get all three with an outsourced graphic design company. For those looking to save money, you’ll have to accept the standards of the work presented. Furthermore, it’s an unfortunate fact that many overseas programmers don’t adhere to quality control standards. This means your website can be built using poor programming that doesn’t’ have any structural integrity thus leading it to crash and losing all your data which can put a huge strain on your everyday business practices.

Poor Customer Service & Ongoing Support

Last but not least, poor customer service and ongoing support are major issues companies deal with when outsourcing their graphic design projects overseas. Getting in touch with those you’ve hired can be next to impossible once they’ve received payment. Furthermore, if you want to make small changes to your project due to the nature of your company, trying to get in touch with the original designers can be maddening. Why? Well, they almost completely disappear after a project has been completed, making ongoing support for your website non-existent.


About aaronbday

Aaron started the Creative Good Auction with Randy Thaemert in 2016, as a unique approach for creative professionals to give back to the community. As the former organizer for the Boise Graphic Design Group (7 years) and an owner of Thrive Web Designs, he is constantly looking for ways to bring designers and businesses together in the Treasure Valley.