Phenomenal Design Done Dirt Cheap – How to Outsource Graphic Design Jobs

Outsourcing Graphic Design

So you need a logo, or a banner, or maybe even something as simple as letterhead or a business card? You need it cheap, and you need it done well. One of the single most frustrating things about running a small business or early-stage startup is knowing how important it is to have effective visuals yet also how little there is to spend on it.

Maybe you’ve tried coming up with something yourself. Maybe you’ve called in a favor from a friend who has an old version of Photoshop or hired a student you found on Craigslist. There are plenty of places you can turn to when your budget is limited and your need is great, and we’ve seen them all. Most of them turn out to be dead ends that waste time and money. If you want great design, at great prices, you can now outsource most design jobs, meaning that the graphic design process is now faster, more affordable, and more reliable than ever…

We’ve tried using a number of graphic design outsourcing or online design services and can tell you what works and what doesn’t. Getting a great design result at a low cost is not always easy. There are definite challenges in using these low cost services. However if you approach it in the right way you can get great results.

All prices are quoted at the time of writing, and we do not profit from any of the following recommendations.

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Design contests

With a design contest you post a project and choose an amount for an award. You can get several designers to work on your project and create designs (without receiving any payment). You choose a winner and they receive the award. You can often get up to 100 design alternatives for your project, and and in many cases you don’t need to pay unless you get the design that you are looking for.

A design contest seems like the perfect answer for getting design work done. However there are definite downsides. Most of the designers are either students or from India and other low wage countries. And mostly they are doing these competitions because they can’t get other work. So you can easily end up with 100 designs from perhaps 20 different designers, all of them absolutely terrible. It’s happened to us before. You really need to offer a large prize to attract the best designers. Our experience is that design contest are very good for getting logos designed – if you don’t get a logo you’re 100% happy with, you’ll at least have a range of concepts put in front of you. More involved work (web, UI, etc) can quickly go pear shaped in our experience.

The most popular design contest websites are:

  • Crowdspring http://www.crowdspring.com/
    Crowdspring works more like a contest than a traditional worker placement service. When you post a project, you don’t set an hourly or fixed rate—instead you choose an award amount. Graphic design projects start at a $200 award. According to Crowdspring, their postings get an average of 110 responses. In addition to the award, you’ll also pay a listing fee and a 15 percent project fee.

    You can give feedback and see revised work as designs come in. After choosing your favorite, you continue to refine the design with the designer until you’re happy with it. If you aren’t completely satisfied with the outcome or don’t get at least 100 responses, Crowdspring’s money-back guarantee refunds everything but the listing fee.

  • DesignCrowd http://www.designcrowd.com/
    To use DesignCrowd, you post a project, set a deadline, and deposit your project budget. The project is visible to more than 33,000 freelance graphic designers or studios worldwide, and according to DesignCrowd, the average listing gets 50 responses. The minimum project budget is $150, all but $40 of which is protected with a money-back guarantee in case you don’t find a project you’re happy with.
  • 99designs http://99designs.com/
    To post a graphic design project on 99designs, you create a brief description of what you want. Designers submit concepts to compete for your prize. You provide feedback and choose a winning submission. The winning designer gets the contest’s award, and you get the copyright to the original artwork.

    Prize minimums vary based on the type of work needed, from a minimum of $95 for a Twitter background design to a maximum of $495 for web page design or WordPress theme. As potential contractors respond with proposals, you give them feedback and request changes as needed. Once you’ve selected the one you like best, you can approve the files, download them and send payment.

  • It’s hard to say which is best amongst these three. Based on our experience, Design Crowd has more Australian based designers, however you have to offer the top level prizes to attract designers from developed countries. 99 designs is the most popular site, and so this has certain advantages (a larger base of designers on the site). We have also tried others such as Hatchwise, but don’t recommend you do the same – the user interface and design of this web site is horrible!

    Warning to Freelancers – Good News for Business Owners
    99 designs and DesignCrowd have been criticized for encouraging horribly cheap payment and heavy reliance on spec, or speculative, work – when artists or designers put substantial time into a project without any guarantee of payment. 99 designs also transfers copyright for the original artwork to the business.

    While some graphic designers may find these sites too much trouble for the profit, others are more than willing to submit proposals on contests. So these sites remain a good bet for business owners who want to get projects done quickly, select from a variety of submissions, and work on a budget.

    Project based and hourly work

    If you already have a relationship with a great designer there are a lot of advantages in just working with one provider rather than launching a design contest each time you need a new design. Firstly the cost of design contents will add up if you use them for everything. And most importantly, a relationship with a great designer will enable them to know what types of design you want, and deliver designs faster than with a totally new designer. So it’s a great idea to launch a design contest, then pick a winner and perhaps hire the winner on an hourly basis for any further work.

    Which is better paying hourly or paying per project? Either method is okay. Generally if you have only a few designs that you need completed, paying on a project basis makes the most sense. On the other hand if you need ongoing work over many months and dozens of different designs, paying hourly is a better arrangement as it becomes difficult to calculate accurately how much each project should cost. Of course you need a good way to monitor and track the hours worked for the designers (Time Doctor, or Odesk are a couple of options).

    Other ways that you can find designers for hourly or contract work

    Freelancing sites like Odesk, eLance and Staff.com allow you to post your job description and have people from all over the world bid on your jobs. Our experience with these sites quite honestly is that it is extremely difficult to find high quality designers. Most of the designers are from lower wage countries such as India, and to put it frankly their design skills are either very average, or terrible (or simply have a completely different aesthetic). However, there are exceptions. If you spend enough time trying to find a suitable person you can find great people on these sites. It takes a lot of work and time in trialing different people. It is much easier in our experience to find high quality programmers on these sites than to find designers.

    eLance

    eLance lets employers post a job description publicly and review proposals from their qualified contractors, or post one privately and submit it only to workers selected from their directory. While you won’t be getting mock-ups or spec images from the people applying to your project, you do benefit from eLance’s broad userbase and can potentially snag a much more qualified professional who is looking for a quick and easy job.

    The site comes with an impressive array of project management features, since it’s set up to handle not only graphic design work but also programming, writing, web design and a lot more. eLance allows you to collaborate with contractors, view works in progress, and manage workers’ time, if you choose to go hourly. Managers with fixed-price projects can set an unlimited number of milestones, each of which requires a status report from the worker.

    Each project gets an eLance-hosted “workroom” with a file management system that allows collaborators to share files and leave comments. Entering time sheets, sending invoices and making payments can all be automated.

    Employers may list projects for free, and contractors include the eLance fee in their quoted rate. When it comes time to pay for the work rendered, you can make payments using a credit card, Paypal, or ACH transfer from a bank account—you may also choose to make escrow payments through eLance, which pre-funds the work and makes payments when approved.

    oDesk

    Posting jobs and interviewing contractors is free on Odesk. The site takes a 10 percent commission from workers’ advertised rates. When you post a description of the work you need done publicly, interested designers will send you their cover letters and resumes. You also have access to their oDesk portfolios, relevant test results and feedback ratings. If you choose to post privately, you can search the database for contractors you’d like to work with and invite them to view your listing.

    Like eLance, you can hire at an hourly or fixed rate. The site offers a Work Diary section that lets you view a memo about what a contractor is working on, screen shots six times an hour, and a graph showing their activity level. Hours worked are transferred to a financial report by oDesk automatically.

    In addition to graphic design work, oDesk matches businesses and workers for web and software development, writing, customer service, marketing and other projects. You can pay contractors with a credit card – if you plan to spend at least $500 per week, you can apply to pay with checks.

    Staff.com

    Staff.com is our new startup. With it we aim to be the best for hiring long term high quality workers from all around the world, for all types of online jobs including graphic design work.

    Types of design work to outsource

    Logos - In our experience design competitions are a great way of getting logos done.

    Simple web site design or layouts- Design competitions are also great for this. If you really don’t have a lot of design requirements you can also go wtih a more simple method such as a pre-made design template (search on Google for design templates).

    Complex web sites – Larger websites (more than 20 pages) that need a lot of different elements will likely need a lot of ongoing design work. It’s best to try and find a designer that you can pay on an hourly basis or for the project. On the other hand you can pay them to complete the entire project, however, make sure that you have very clear specifications.

    User interface design - One of the most important aspects of designing your site is the usability. When users visit the site, can they navigate the site easily, can they find what they want? Do the forms work effectively, or do users find it difficult to fill them in? If you have a complex site with lots of things that the users need to do on the site, usability is crucial. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to find any designer that understands usability, and very difficult to find a low cost designer that understands usability. The best way to get started (if you have a low budget) is to learn about this by yourself and spoon feed the designer. Also you can copy conventions from sites that have multi-million dollar budgets that they spend on usability (Facebook, Linked In, Google etc).

    Designing for conversion - Do you want your web site to actually SELL for you? This is an advanced skill that is almost impossible to find in low cost designers (and even in high priced designers!). Again you need to learn about conversion yourself (and direct the designer). Two great web sites with lots of free information on conversion are: marketingsherpa.com and abtests.com

    Getting the design brief right

    One of the most important factors to getting a good result is writing clear design specifications. 99 designs have some great templates for the sort of information you should cover in your design brief. For example, will your new logo be a word mark, pictorial mark, letter form or might it be based around a character? Will it be feminine, young, playful or loud, simple and modern? A good designer will need to know all of this information before they get started to help them create a relevant design for the target audience. Some examples of existing design you like will also help.

    Tip: You should also make sure you designs are delivered in as many formats as possible. For instance, a vector version of your logo (scalable graphics) will be much more useful then a Photoshop document, although both versions might be useful.

    Other useful information you should include in your brief
    Along with a general description you should also try and clarify or provide the following information for your designer:
    1. The title of project
    2. How do you want the project delivered? FTP? Dropbox?
    3. Due date and any other milestones
    4. Any sketches or existing resources you might have, including any relevant market research
    5. Any calls to action, headlines, or body copy that needs to be included in the design

    In Conclusion

    Design competitions are a great way to get started, and are fantastic for logo designs for example. If you need more complex ongoing work however you will need to develop a relationship with a designer and pay them per hour or project to create designs for you. You don’t need to spend $10,000 to get a great design for your business, you can get a good result with a much lower budget. If you are looking to hire someone on a more permanent basis, you can also try posting an advertisement on your local job sites, or in design forums like DesignersTalk.

     
    About the Author:

    Rob Rawson is a co-founder of Staff.com, a global recruitment platform where you can access very talented staff at affordable rates. They also have a technology called Time Doctor which is software to improve productivity and help keep track and know what your team is working on, even when working from home.

    Rob resides in Sydney, Australia but can also be found in major cities around the globe, like Paris, Kiev or San Francisco.

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    38 Comments

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    2. Rhine October 15, 2014

      you have a really awesome article Rob. It is highly informative especially if you are looking for really good yet affordable graphic designers to do work for you. As someone who currently works for an IT Recruitment Agency in the Philippines, we have been blessed to have such wonderful and talented individuals who are able to meet the expectations of our clients who are mostly based overseas. I do believe that outsourcing is a great way to do business for as long as it is a win-win situation not only for the business owners but for those who work for theses companies as well. Hope you can take the time to check out our website. Cheers! :)

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    9. Anish February 24, 2014

      You can also search for small startups and build a long lasting business relationship. I have been working with 15 long term clients from around the world. They outsource the work, I design it for an affordable price. Its a win – win situation. There is no need to spend loads of money on freelancer and other marketplaces. The key is to find a talented graphic designer.

      please check my logo design work: http://www.design.bleepingtech.com/portfolios

      or http://bleepingtech.imgur.com

    10. Keyur February 8, 2014

      It is nice to hear from you how a person can outsource their graphic design jobs and whatever you have mentioned is still true to date.

      I run a marketplace for graphics and design people. If you are interested to sell your expertise as services then you are welcome to join.

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    11. Jannatul February 4, 2014

      99design is a very good source, of freelance graphics designer and the company who need graphics work.

    12. shilpy chowdhury December 4, 2013

      SultanContest.com is a best logo design contest Website. Post a Contest and Get over thousand of designers to complete your logo design contest. Quality, unique and custom made designs with 100% money back guarantee. You decide how much you want to pay for a logo design competition and you choose the winner. Only pay for the design that you choose! Let’s start only $30

    13. shilpy chowdhury December 4, 2013

      Benefits of An Online logo contest
      In the era of the online business world, it is indispensable for every business to establish a brand identity to gain worldwide recognition. Now it has become necessarily important for all businesses to have their own brand identity to gain an instant reputation in the competitive marketplace. Holding an online design contest is the most preferred and economical way to get an appealing and professional logo designed for your company. Here we will discuss some benefits of an online logo design contest and explore the importance of the logo contest for your business.
      1. Get a Surfeit of Design Samples!
      One of the most featured benefits of sponsoring a design contest is that you will get a plethora of graphical illustrations within a very short period of time. It provides you with a great option of choosing a tempting and the most likable logo for your company from number of design samples. Selecting an alluring logo will definitely help your company to stand out in the competitive world of business.
      2. Explore & Encourage Talented Designers
      Online design contests serve as a great platform for the talented designers to present their design skills to the world. Participating in these contests will not only encourage the designers by getting cash incentives but it also enhances their design craft and potential so that in the future they will come up with more creative ideas.
      3. An Economic Approach for Startup Companies
      Sponsoring an online design contest is the most economical way for the business owners, especially for the start up companies and small businesses. Since, it is not easy for small business owners and startup companies to hire a professional design company within their modest budget. Therefore, holding an online logo contest is a worthwhile decision to obtain an appealing and unique logo without spending a huge investment. This economic approach will effectively save you money and serve as a distinct brand identity for your business.
      4. Increase Site Traffic with Online Logo design Contests
      Sponsoring an online design contest also serves as a great way to enhance the traffic at your site. A design contest can endear the attention of designers towards your website in order to know about the prize incentive and other company details.
      5. Boost Sales & Promote Your business
      Another benefit of online logo design contest is that it can significantly promote your business that will help you stay ahead and stand out from the crowd. Holding an online design contest will bring more customers towards your business that will surely enhance your business exposure, boost sales and help you to achieve your business targets.
      Online logo design contests are the fastest, reliable and the most affordable way to get a unique logo design for your company. An online design competition can provide wide recognition, vast business exposure and help achieve desired company goals. Furthermore, participating in these design contests will enhance the work experience and design skills of the talented designers and help them to win cash price incentives.

    14. Susan November 27, 2013

      I have spent the whole year trying to have a working relationship a graphic designer. I had one for years and she has proven to be an absolute gem but she cannot do my work for me anymore as she is “downsizing” her business. I do not have a lot of work to give out and also the problems I have had this year have put me off working. I have a small printing business which I operate on my own.

      I was recently quoted $120 AUS for a 10 min job from one of my clients who I do printing for. I was trying to establish a working relationship with one of the graphic designers I had chosen but when he is busy he tells me he can’t do the job – so where does it leave me. I had asked him for a quote on this job for $120 and he did it for me straight away and refused to charge me, probably because the previous two occasions he was too busy to help me out. It is a pity that this is the situation … in the meantime I am still looking for someone to do the small jobs who is reliable. I don’t think it is always the case that “you get what you paid for”. My graphic designer who did my work for years was very reasonable and usually had these jobs back to me in 24 hours so I got really spoilt. She still sends me her printing jobs.

      • dilip July 16, 2014

        Hi,
        Are you still intrested to get graphic design done? If yes, then pls mail me the content, will send you a trial Artwork.We can continue if you like our design sense.
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    15. experienced designer July 7, 2013

      As a graphics designer in all aspects of advertising I will have to say your ideas are good. And for a designer like me who is very professional and has done work for small and huge, national and international companies, I can say if a post like this shows up on one of the freelance sites we use I would, and have taken part. I have given absolutely outstanding work and my designs are picked for originality and professionalism.

      Sometimes, in life, you are lucky enough on get more than what you pay for. The contests, to me, just give me something fun to do. If I win woo hoo if not no sweat off my back. A logo design can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 1 hour tops so, why pay a ridiculous price for a simple job. If you can not design a logo, business card, online banner or other business stationary in an hour or less you need to find a new field of work.

      I think the haters you are seeing in a lot of forums like this are the business owners who have a huge overhead and sit behind a desk and count money all day. To them you are killing their fees and their cashflow, because they have set-up fees, hourly charges for design work with a minimum amount that must be paid usually 1 to 2 hours minimum. So to them you are hitting their pocket and hard. on a normal design job they will have a 45 dollar setup fee with 45 an hour (2 hour minimum charge) that is $135.00 for 20 minutes of work hmmmmmm? yea if I were them Id be upset and complaining too.

      I own a company but I am my number one employee, I do the work right next to my employees. My overhead is calculated in all my quotes. The contests I do myself, for extra cash in my pocket and for the fun of seeing how good I really am.

      • John February 7, 2014

        Well said. I have tried 99designs, graphic artists that are just starting out, and graphic artists that purported to be professionals. In the first two cases I’ve been disappointed about the level of quality and engagement, and in the last case I was disappointed with their professional behavior. Specifically, once we agreed on a price and the final deliverables, she revisited our agreement and attempted to negotiate for more. It was apparent that she had talked to someone in the industry and they suggested her trying to get more. That’s only okay upfront; once you make an agreement, you stick to that. Originally, her work fit into my budget, but after she tried to renegotiate I passed. She reached out to me and admitted that she was getting advice from another graphic artist, and said she felt stupid, but I left it alone. A real professional is professional. They have a price structure, they have a portfolio, and they don’t “need” to enter contests because they already paid their dues either in contests in the past, or elsewhere.

    16. Rachel May 17, 2013

      -“So you can easily end up with 100 designs from perhaps 20 different designers, all of them absolutely terrible.”
      That is because most designers see through these disgusting tactics, and won’t stoop to your level.

      The fact that you aren’t even acknowledging how unfair this is to the designers is appalling. You’re PROMOTING getting free work from unemployed, low wage students from India? Really? Do you hear yourself?

      • Rob Rawson Rob Rawson May 18, 2013

        I can see you object to the business model of 99 designs and other sites like this. However there are a lot of businesses that get great results with these sites. They get a logo they are very happy with. I have spoken with several business owners that are happy with the logo they got from these sites.

        I agree it’s not going to attract any elite level designers, but opinion is extreme and there are a lot of businesses that really do get good value from these crowd-sourcing sites.

        “unfair to designers” – that’s fine but they are not forced to participate, so how can it be unfair if they are not forced to join the site and submit their designs?

      • Tyler Designer November 3, 2013

        The businesses might be “happy” with the designs but they are most likely NOT good designs. As a designer I can look at a design and tell you in under ten seconds if it will connect to people and promote conversion (meaning eyeballs to money). The majority of people on these sites haven’t gone into the psychology of what is needed to create a design that works.

        looking pretty or nice doesn’t mean it works.

        And as far as unfair to designers, without a doubt. These sites attract two kinds of designers. the bad and the desperate. if you get a great design it’s most likely from someone who has to compete with business from these sites.

        Not to mention that people who do work on these design sites HAVE to submit around 30-40 a day in order to even have a chance of paying the bills.

        your comment shows a complete lack of understanding of what design actually is.

      • Rob Rawson Rob Rawson November 4, 2013

        Look I totally agree that on 99designs and other crowd-sourced sites you are not going to get close to the result you would get from hiring a high-level professional design firm.

        But it’s not really fair to compare 99designs and a professional design firm because the cost is miles apart. Most professional design firms would charge 10 times as much and it’s not affordable for small businesses to spend thousands of dollars getting their logo designed.

      • Kirsty January 25, 2014

        “they are not forced to participate, so how can it be unfair”
        It’s unfair because if people are desparate for work, they may waste hours of time trying to win these competitions in the hope that they might earn a pittance from them.

    17. Ryan March 25, 2013

      This is gross.

    18. Dan March 2, 2013

      Apparently Sam didn’t do his homework, yet still expects to be paid exorbitant wages for his design work. You can’t get a logo for $20 on any of these sites, Sam. You can, however, get a very nice design for a reasonable price. Times are a changing, Sam I am. I, for one, am glad.

    19. Sam January 11, 2013

      Good work isn’t cheap, and cheap work isn’t good.

      The same is even truer for graphic design. I’m appalled at the short-sightedness and ignorance of this article and even more so the comments below. If you want your corporate identity to blend in with at the other mediocrity on the marketplace, then “design contests” are a great idea. The fact of the matter is, a qualified graphic designer isn’t someone who just knows how to work adobe programs. A proper graphic designer is a master of things like proportion, simplicity, aesthetics, color, novelty, and usability. Good graphic designers are highly trained and highly skilled individuals, and being able to create a QUALITY visual identity for your business is no small task. Any highly successful company understands this, and many fork out millions per year towards creating and maintaining a respectable, high quality visual identity.

      Good design is good business. If you want to spend $20 for your logo, be my guest. But I promise you that it will only harm you in the long run.

    20. Oblio January 7, 2013

      Sadly I have been trying to get one project done for months now, it is not difficult just letters in a base format – one sentence and one word structured. I paid a person do this … his quote – now he is holding it hostage for more money 150% again what he said could be done in the first place. I have inquired to others and no responses they are just introductions about a need and their i to quote a job. I do not understand this industry I do not even get ‘thanks too busy’ or ‘here is a person who may be the ideal person’ … nothing back. I have other projects needed to be done, along with package display art work and such, plus a huge ongoing project soon, also a few websites and I cannot source these yet there are no professionals to my knowledge and I have written few dozen.

      I do not understand the $45 and $75 rates per hour expected it is just remarkable as a mechanic charges this … gets dirty, busts his knuckles, bends over fenders for hours and is responsible for a vehicle that can change lives and families if an error is done resulting in injury and death. A Graphic designer sits at a desk in air-conditioned room, a comfortable chair and types on a keyboard it seems odd to me.

    21. Rachel December 24, 2012

      What about sites like Sparked and Catchafire, which allows organizations to recruit volunteers for projects in marketing and technology? I think these are great ways for people to get their name out there and give back. Micro volunteering is a new wave in volunteerism these days.

      • Design officer February 11, 2013

        So let me guess, you’re planning on offering your services to new clients free of charge just to get your name out there? How noble of you. We should be so honored to work on your project free of charge.

        Volunteering for marketing and technology means just working for cheap ass bastards who have no concept of business. You do get what you pay for and when you pay zero you deserve nothing. You’re setting up a business model of failure.

        I’ll also assume that the author of this article is all for shipping every job overseas in an effort to save money. You’re devaluing a profession that is specifically trained in providing quality service (and sorry, can also speak English). I hope that people realize they don’t need the resource of a time and productivity monitor, also known as your career. On the topic of wasting money…

    22. web designer December 9, 2012

      this website is good and yup i agreed liam it depends on time….

    23. Shane June 27, 2012

      You get what you pay for. Professionals do not submit work into contests and do not work without contracts and/or retainers. Like the article said; you will be getting work from students and other beginners. Good work is not hard to find. Good prices may be. beezink.com

    24. kumar September 13, 2011

      My company name is Zest Creative, Pune, India. We are working as design studio in Pune, our client is most of corporate, Builder, FMCG etc. I look forward same client to abroad. We have a 5 designer and production people. We want a design job. so plz help me out.

      kumar
      kumarzest@gmail.com
      +91 9765121333

      • not kumar April 29, 2014

        You’re part of the problem, Kumar. This conversation is not for you.

        Unlike oDesk and 99 design, design professionals have ethics. See this: http://www.aiga.org/position-spec-work/

        If you want to shop around for better prices on design that’s fine, but I assume that means you shop around for the cheapest doctor as well. Good luck on the outcomes. It’s also not mainly students, it’s overseas “design” companies, like Kumar’s, who will charge you $5 for a complete identity system. No doubt the same people who use these resources would cry about their own job being outsourced and getting rid of ‘Murican jobs.

    25. Erin August 17, 2011

      As a Graphic Designer, I find this absolutely appalling. This is my livelihood. Are good design, talent and hard work worth anything anymore?

      • mr foo yung October 11, 2011

        Unfortunately erin the answer is very little.

      • Liam McIvor Martin December 6, 2011

        Mr Foo Yung. I agree that the price of graphics design is going down. However the plain reality is that labour is changing. It’s no longer a prerequisite to be paid a relatively ridiculously high wage in comparison to your developing world counterparts simply because you’ve gone to the right schools or know the right people.

        Instead the work is what’s seen as important more than anything else, regardless of where you’re from and I think that will produce the best product at the end of the day.

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