Designing is creativity! i am a developer and i agree 50/50 for designer and developer even if a designer creates PSD in one day and developer converts in one month.
Any developer willing to work under those terms is more than a little desperate… And possibly not very good. I’m not saying that you personally aren’t a good software developer, but the only people willing to work under conditions like that are generally pretty inexperienced.
If you are not willing to put money into your design, then you’ll get nothing out of it. In fact, it won’t even get accepted. Design is the first thing that gets the buyer and reviewers attention, if this isn’t up to par, then you just won’t get very far.
The thing is that I am willing to put money into the design, but I’m not presently in a financial position to do so. I totally believe that designers should be compensated fairly for their hard work. If I had the money to do so, then I would be more than willing to put down $1000+ for a good design, but I just can’t do that at the moment. If nobody takes me up on my offer, then I’ll just continue doing my regular contracting work, and maybe look into the template side-business again at a later date.
Pixelentity, thank you. Finally someone who understands all the work that goes into making a template functional.
To everyone else: I’m not trying to be insulting with my offer, it’s just that I don’t currently have enough cash to pay much more. I simply noticed that a lot of PSD designers weren’t making much money, so I thought an offer like this could actually be beneficial for some designers. Also, like I said before, I would be willing to discuss a fair profit split.
Design is a more important part of the work for TF, IMO . Usually 50/50 – designer/developer, not a couple hundred dollars
While I agree that a couple hundred dollars is somewhat low for the amount of work, I disagree that it’s worth 50%, considering how many hours of work that have to be put into converting a PSD into a fully functional website. Like I said before though: the low flat rate would only be for the first item. The reason for this is that in order to pay you more, I have to make more money first. After I start making money, I would be more than willing to pay larger amounts. I have to start somewhere though
Also, I tend to try and avoid the partnership business model, because there is no guarantee that the contracted individual will actually get paid for his/her hard work. The flat rate model that I proposed would make it so that I personally assume all of the risk. However, if a designer is willing to take the risk of doing a partnership, then I’ll be open to negotiating a fair profit split, or alternatively doing a combination of a profit splitting with a low flat rate.
Basically I’m an experienced web developer, but I’m a terrible designer. So for this reason I’m looking for designers to work with on creating ThemeForest templates. I’m willing to pay a couple hundred dollars for exclusive rights to the first design. If things work out, then I’ll be willing to pay more for future designs.
I’m only interested in working with designers who already have approved content here on ThemeForest. If you are interested, then send me an email with a link to notable design work. There is a link to my website on my ThemeForest profile if you are interested in learning more about me or my work.
My apologies if this isn’t in the correct forum category. I saw similar posts here, so that’s why I posted here.