Design Pickle

Design Pickle - Features, Pricing, Alternatives, and More

Farheen Gani
Reviewed by Farheen Gani
Last updated January 29, 2019

Whether you're an entrepreneur, an author, a freelancer, or a marketer, you'll need quality designs from time to time. Hiring an in-house designer can be expensive—and also a huge commitment. Design marketplaces, on the other hand, are hardly a walk in the park: Sift through hundreds of applicants, explain your design as best as you can, and sit patiently through multiple rounds of revisions.

Enter Design Pickle—a solution that's both cost and time effective. The app makes it easy to get custom designs for your business, made by a professional designer. Simply enter the details of your design via their app, called JAR, or via email. Whether you need a display ad, book cover, or blog graphic, the app offers several types of creatives, at a fixed monthly fee. Keep in mind that the service only accepts design requests you can reasonably explain in an email. If you're looking for a complicated graphic that might require lengthy consultations, Design Pickle may not be for you.

Just like the service, the Design Pickle app is simplicity at its best. All the action takes place in the Make a Request tab. There are three steps to requesting a new design. In the first step, you'll enter the details of the design you need. You'll enter a name for your design, select the dimensions, name your target audience, and give a brief description of what you're looking for. Be as specific as possible to help the designer understand your vision. You can also provide links to similar designs for inspiration. Then, under Priority, you'll indicate how soon you'd like the design completed. Lastly, you'll enter all the formats in which you'd like your design to be submitted, such as JPG, PNG, and PDF. In the next step, you'll be asked to upload any photos you want to include in your design. If you'd rather use stock images, Design Pickle allows you to select free photos from Unsplash. Alternatively, you can click Find photos for me, and your designer will use appropriate pictures in your design—just be sure to mention what kind of photos you're looking for. The final step requires you to upload any assets your designer might need—logos, fonts, copy, and so on. Once you've completed all the fields, click Send to My Designer, and they will get to work on your request.

When your design is ready, review it and ask for revisions as you see fit. The Past Requests tab lets you review your latest design requests, requests in progress, delivered requests, and any drafts you may have created. You can also duplicate a past request.

While the software offers unlimited design requests and revisions to all customers, there is a limit to the number of designs your designer may be able to complete per month. How many designs can you expect? That depends on the number of Design Pickle Units, or DPUs, your plan contains. DPUs are the app's unit to measure creative output. The Standard plan comes with one DPU. Again, there is no fixed number of designs a single Design Pickle Unit might contain. One DPU might mean three social media graphics or one Google Ad, while two DPUs might mean four podcast covers or six social media graphics. In short, it depends on how complicated or simple your request is. If you require dozens of designs every week, you might want to add more DPUs to your account to increase the turnaround time for your designs.

Design Pickle is a great option for simple, one-off design requests for your business. It comes with all the frills of hiring a professional designer, but none of the hassle.

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Design Pickle Features

  • Submit a custom design request through Design Pickle's app or email, and get professional designs for your business.
  • Describe your design as clearly as possible, including target audience, file size, and sample links.
  • Add stock or other photos that you want to include in the design.
  • Upload assets like logos, fonts, and content.
  • Review completed design requests and ask for revisions, if needed.

Design Pickle Pricing

  • $370/month/user Standard plan for unlimited requests, unlimited brands, free stock photos, dedicated designer, dedicated account executive, and Zapier integration.
  • $995/month/user Pro plan for all standard features, same-day delivery, premium Getty Images stock photos, faster turnaround, real-time collaboration, and live chat support.

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