Top 10 Job Boards for Designers

by Matt on October 27, 2008 · 9 comments

in Freelance,Resources

A little while back I wrote an article about 15 Websites to Promote Yourself as a Designer. Well, here is the other half it. This is a list of the 10 best websites and job boards to find work as a designer.

1. Coroflot

Coroflot is probably the biggest and most widely used job board. It has new jobs everyday and is an easy way to find work.

2. Krop

Krop is one of the larger and more popular job boards. With a huge selection of jobs and big companies, you are bound to find what you’re looking for.

3. Behance JobList

Behance has a great list of jobs. Although it is relatively new, it is growing quickly.


AIGA has a small but useful job board for graphic designers. Some pretty large companies also use AIGA

5. Elance

Overall, Elance is a great resource for designers. Their job board has around 1,300 jobs at once, and a lot of different categories.

6. design:related

Although design:related’s board isn’t huge and does not have to many features, it still contains some good jobs.

7. Freelance Switch

Freelance Switch is another new one, but gaining popularity. It has a great list of freelance design jobs.

8. Authentic Jobs

Authentic Jobs has both freelance and full-time jobs and is used by some respectable companies.

9. Fresh Web Jobs

Fresh Web Jobs is geared toward web designers and developers, and is a very useful list.

10. Smashing Magazine

Smashing Magazine is a popular design blog, and they have a good job board too.


After some feedback I decided to add some more:

11. crowdSPRING

crowdSPRING is a different kind of “job board”. A company or agency submits a job or project they want done, and designers submit actual work. Then, the company who posted the original job picks the best entry, and that person gets paid. Pretty cool!

So, what are you thinking?

Got any preferences or others that I should add. Drop a line below to voice your opinion.

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Ross Kimbarovsky October 27, 2008 at 10:44 pm

Hi Matt – Can I persuade you to rename this list “Top 11 Job Boards for Designers”?

In May of this year, we launched a new marketplace that offers a very different model for buying and selling creative services. crowdSPRING is the creative marketplace. Buyers who need a new logo, website, marketing materials or other creative content post what they need, when they need it and how much they want to pay. Once posted, creatives from around the world will submit actual work – not bids or proposals as they would on the marketplaces you’ve listed in your article – for the buyer to review. As the submissions come in, buyers are able to review, sort, rate, provide feedback and collaborate with creatives until they find the “the one.” crowdSPRING provides customized legal contracts, full project management, robust notifications, and many more. Over 8,000 creatives from 130+ countries work on crowdSPRING. Buyers set their own price and we take 15% commission on top of that price. Freelancers get 100% of the money paid by buyers – we don’t have membership fees or commissions to freelancers. We’ve hosted over 1,100 projects already.

We’ve also paid out to freelancers nearly $300,000 USD over our first four months in business.

Here’re five ways we differ from other marketplaces:

1. We require escrow in every project. Freelancers know that we hold the funds when they participate in a project.

2. Each project on crowdSPRING is protected by a free, customized intellectual property agreement that is delivered to both buyer and winning creative when the winning creative is selected

3. We provide full end to end project management with file uploads, feedback, scoring, crowd scoring, etc.

4. We have a robust notification/communication system that sends you notices every step of the way.

5. We take care of paying the designer anywhere in the world.

So – what say you? “11 Top Job Boards…”?


Ross Kimbarovsky

ErvinTW November 11, 2008 at 11:25 pm

Thanks! Nice post.

Cirella November 25, 2008 at 6:45 pm

I already knew 4 of them but I didn’t thwy were so many!
Excelent resource!

Cerbluerm January 21, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Using internet is simple as hell. But I can tell y ou right now, it can be very hard, if you are the first time user.
So, first thing I suggest – open the Explorer, and type in the address you like.
You’ll get there really fast, it depends on your connection speed.
Good luck.

Kristin Andrews February 23, 2009 at 10:55 am

A great resource, thanks. However, a word of caution: crowdSpring requests “spec” work, which essentially cheats those who are unpicked out of the compensation they deserve for their expertise.

For more information about the NO-SPEC campaign, check out:

raf January 17, 2011 at 7:48 am

raf sistemleri

Thanks so much for sharing. They’re very nice.

Amy April 7, 2011 at 5:01 am

I have to agree strongly with Kristin here… crowdSPRING may be functioning with the buyers’ best interests in mind, but this is “spec” work, and it’s harmful to the design industry. It hurts designers in the most tender spot… their wallets.
It’s devaluing and unfair to ask designers to spend hours of unpaid time to attempt to get a freelance project they very well may not land. Ten different plumbers do not come and fix a client’s plumbing, then allow the client to decide whether or not it was done perfectly or whether or not to pay them.
A designer is hired based on reputation, a porfolio of work, costing… like any other industry. If a client and designer do not seem to be “hitting the mark”, the client can pay a small “kill fee” to end the job and choose someone else, or the designer can even offer a guarantee.

I don’t mean to harsh the informative, awesome vibe in this blog post… but it’s harmful to the thousands of people who work in the creative industry to teach clients that it’s OK to ask for spec work without compensation.

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