There are rands in the industry who have been performing well and delivering great services. Then there are teams who work independently with different clients for their designing requirements. And finally, there is this man named Joe Crow who is operating behind the name of Design Cloud to offer his expertise in the domain of graphic designing, marketing designing, and web designing. He has done a great job being an individual offering his services and hence it is going to be interesting to see how is Design Cloud competitive in the industry which has so many competitors and service providers like the great Draftss.
Draftss has been in the market for a long and has been serving a huge number of clients since its inception. With highly flexible and affordable plans to serve the clients with great designs and web development services, Draftss has a plan for all. Design Cloud has gained its own niche of expertise and is serving well. The samples and past work is impressive and the clients are satisfied with the services that have been provided to them. However, they differ in the quality as well as other parameters they are judged upon and hence are analyzed in detail in the review below.
Read the previous article review about Draftss & ManyPixels here.
In this piece of guide, we have tried to explore the dimensions of the services provided by Draftss as well as Design Cloud and thus, aim to conclude a better option for the type of requirements a client may have.
Draftss – Overview
Draftss is a service provider which aims to become a one-stop-shop for clients who come from highly diverse and varied backgrounds. The service provider additionally is open to serve clients who are freelancers, startups, founders, established businesses, developers, and design and branding agencies. At the same time, to cater to the highly varied clientele, it is known for its affordable pricing and the quality of unlimited graphic designing services.
Draftss also comes with packages that are highly flexible. The service provider equips you with a team of expert designers and developers ready to help businesses of the clients with the most relevant and best-in-class solutions.
The package at Draftss starts at just $89 per week. In just a price as little as this, Draftss delivers quality and speed and hence becomes a win-win deal for everyone.
Design Cloud – Overview
Design Cloud is a one-person company that is good at what it is doing. With some great designs in the past and the projects executed with a great finish, Design Cloud surely has made a space & identity for itself in the designing industry. With a fair range of services in the designing domain, Design Cloud is holding a significant place among the competitors.
The service provider, however, is not based and focussed much on the usual pattern of deliverables that the service providers in the industry work upon. There are no upfront pricing and packages. No subscriptions as such are offered. A client can directly get in touch with Joe through the website and place his requirements. On the basis of each requirement, a client can get the quotations.
Pricing – Draftss vs Design Cloud
In the industry of graphic designing and web development, pricing has been playing a very critical role. An even important role it plays when it gets very competitive and the industry is already very competitive in all of its fronts. Let’s see what Draftss and Design Cloud have got to offer.
Draftss Subscription Cost
The plan at Draftss starts at just $89 per week making it one of the most affordable services in the industry to choose from. To be noted is the weekly plan offered by the service provider. It is very rare to come across a service provider who deals in the short term needs of its clients and cater to smaller projects. For clients and businesses which require smaller tasks to be worked upon which are managed for a shorter period of time, it acts as a deal maker point giving strength to the flexibility of the Draftss and its services.
Draftss has its plans and packages divided into monthly plans, quarterly plans, as well as specially designed annual subscription plans for its clients. Thus, the service provider makes it very easy for the individuals and small businesses who actually require the flexibility to avail it at Draftss and enjoy the highly qualitative and expert services from brilliant and a full-fledged team of graphic designers.
Design Cloud Subscription Cost
Design Cloud in the market steps with no upfront propositions. There are no subscriptions and pricing packages listed upfront anywhere. With every requirement specific to the client and the needs, custom pricing comes from the office of Joe Crow. It, however, is sometimes beneficial as a client can expect custom pricing for the requirements and thus feel appreciated. At other times, it is not a good measure to come out in the industry which is competing on the pricing highly. Having no upfront propositions to offer is a big setback in such a condition. One can definitely have both options available to cater to the needs of every part of the potential clientele.
Services Offered by Draftss & Design Cloud
From designing logos, promotional particulars, branding guides, and web designs, both the service providers are highly diversified and come with a range of services, subscription packages, and add-on support. Although, both Draftss and Design Cloud offer on-demand graphic design services, Draftss has the upper hand when it comes to getting more for your money.
Offering by Draftss
Draftss is not just a graphic designing agency but it also caters to the web development and coding needs of the clients. Thus, its Design + Code and Enterprises packages are designed to not only serve the designing requests but also to cater to HTML/CSS/JS coding requirements which are necessary to turn your web designs into a highly responsive and dynamic website. With the additional support of WordPress and its frameworks like Beaver Builder, Elementor, Divi Builder, Oxygen Builder, WP Bakery, and Visual Composer, Draftss further enhances its portfolio.
Draftss is highly efficient and has got a very compact and smooth workflow which makes all the tasks under progress to get completed swiftly and effectively. This helps clients in getting more number of requirements fulfilled and reducing the turn-around time for the team of designers for each task. Draftss additionally equips each of the projects and the respective clients with a complete team of designers and a dedicated project manager.
Offerings by Design Cloud
Design Cloud has definitely worked with quite a good number of clients and projects. Hence, there is a fair range of services also available for the clients to opt for the services. However, Design Cloud also comes with a lot of limitations.
Design Cloud might not offer its clients tech support. It also does not have digital assets and resources in comparison to the big service providers operating with large teams of graphic designers and web developers. Let’s look upon more of the services and limitations:
Let’s have a sneak peek into the services offered by the two available in a wide range:
|Services Offered||Draftss||Design Cloud|
|Branding With Brand Guide||✔️||✔️|
|Book/E-book Cover Design||✔️||❌|
|Web UI/UX Design||✔️||❌|
|App UI/UX Design||✔️||❌|
|White Labeling Services||✔️||❌|
|Trade Show Graphics||✔️||✔️|
|Google Display Ads||✔️||✔️|
Draftss has got a vast range of services to offer, For this reason, it acts as a one-stop shop for all the designing and coding needs for a number of types of businesses as well as individuals. Draftss supports a wide range of technology and designing platforms supported by. It supports CorelDraw, Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Adobe XD, Figma, Sketch, Powerpoint, Keynote, WordPress & Page builders.
The highly skilled team of professionals at Draftss can work on the given tasks swiftly and effectively with quality and perfection.
For some client who is looking forward to avail a service which is highly responsive, quick, and efficient, Draftss is a great option to be backed up by with a great team of designers and developers. Every client at Draftss is also provided with a number of concepts and design options before going ahead with the designing process. This makes the complete designing process seamlessly smooth and efficient even further.
Portfolio – Draftss vs Design Cloud
Both the service providers are in the market serving clients for a long. Design Cloud has got a fair range, as well as Draftss, has got a very diversified portfolio to be showcased. Comprising of most of the design verticals and categories, let’s see which portfolio holds what to offer.
Portfolio of Draftss
Draftss is highly versatile, diversified, and has got a portfolio of an extensive range of services. Draftss has been working on designing logos, t-shirt designs, packaging designs, web and app UI/UX, and other designs among many. Thus, the portfolio at Draftss comprises of everything a client might be looking forward to avail. The quality of designs and the attention paid to them makes the designers at Draftss seem to be highly reliable and attentive to details. This further improves the brand value of the service provider and makes the portfolio strength in itself. Draftss has also received a number of testimonials and positive feedback on the same.
Portfolio of Design Cloud
The portfolio of Design Cloud seems to be highly competitive – both in the terms of quantity as well as quality. With great designs and a good diversity of the work performed by the service provider, the portfolio at the first look looks satisfactory to anyone who visits it. The close attention and the expertise are clearly infused into the designs which gives them an extra edge over the other designs. The presentation of the designs in the portfolio is also great and attracts attention. For sure, the design portfolio of Design Cloud is competitive.
Quality at Draftss
Draftss serves all its clients with quantity as well as quality. With the motto of great designs and not just good designs, the team has specialized designers for every specific design task which helps them create every design a masterpiece.
The complete process, being very controlled and well regulated, is a very qualitative structural flow of work. This makes it easy for the team as well as for the clients to fulfill the requirements and requests respectively for design and development requirements. Customer support and client servicing become a delight for the clients at Draftss as well as the capability to integrate any and all technology platforms, as well as collaboration tools into the process, make it a very accessible and reliable option for all the designing and developmental needs.
Draftss hence becomes a very qualitative as well as an affordable option for all and comes out as a very lucrative solution for all types of businesses and their requirements.
Quality at Design Cloud
Design Cloud is more like a compact house of designs and a go to designer rather than a service providing agency setup. Thus, a client might not be offered the services that the agencies and the organizations can offer with their designing packages. Limitations of the resources and other aspects that can be covered by an agency impact the quality of the services.
One may not expect to have a dedicated project manager as there’s just Joe you’ll get to work with. There is no team of designers as well. There’s no dedicated dashboard to manage the complete process of the workflow. However, this does not mean the quality of the services necessarily has to be low. The services that are already being provided are qualitative and good enough. The designs are qualitative as well as the assistance is reliable.
Design – Draftss vs Design Cloud
Designing at both the places have given a tough competition to each other. On one hand, where designer at Draftss has proved their expertise over a long period of time working with several clients, Design Cloud, on the other hand, has given out some amazing masterpieces as well.
Design at Draftss
Draftss empowers each of its clients with a team of designers and a dedicated project manager. It has a great team of professional designers who are experts at what they do & for every specific aspect of graphic design, Draftss thus has a designer who specializes in that specific domain. Sharp designs and an attentive approach towards the designs are two of the major skills all of the designers at Draftss possess.
With every subscription of Draftss, it equips you with a complete team of designers with a dedicated project manager who works with a simple motto – producing not just good designs but great designs. The service provider only allocated specialized designers to the domain-specific tasks so that only the best designer for the task works upon the particular type of design.
Design at Design Cloud
Graphic designing, web designing, and designs for marketing are absolutely good at Design Cloud. The portfolio is fairly rich and thus gives a sight of good skills and expertise in whatever is done. The designs are also given a good level of attention and the finishing reflects the dedication of the work put in.
Design Cloud however, has no packages for its services. It offers no additonal service with the designs that the agencies can offer thus giving an edge to the agencies over itself. Thus, if the client is concerned only with the output and not the process, it is good.
Development – Draftss vs Design Cloud
Development plays an essential role in completing the range of services as well as satisfying the client to the best. However, the role of web development is significantly neglected from the sight of the leading graphic design providers. Draftss has tried to fill this gap with the best of its resources put in for its clients.
Developmemt at Draftss
Draftss is highly efficient and effective in development. Draftss provides App & Web development services with the team of skilled and professional developers. It provides complete assistance required to the businesses with the designing and UI/UX designing as well as development. Draftss design the interfaces for the clients and then further help the clients to build upon the designed interfaces. The team of developers and coders are skilled and well versed with designing, speed, mobile responsiveness, & overall health of the digital platforms.
Draftss works upon a number of technologies and thus empowers its clients with several frameworks like HTML/CSS, WordPress, Page Builders, & Elementor, among many others. Thus, providing the solution for the development of the designs & web platforms which is very rare around the industry, Draftss has a big edge here over other similar service providers in the industry.
Services offered by Draftss thus come out to be very valuable and make the service provider a very rare option to get the tasks of designing as well as development worked out on a single platform with highly affordable subscription packages.
Development at Design Cloud
Design Cloud helps its clients with their graphic design requirements and won’t be able to cater to the tasks related to web development and coding. Design Cloud only works on the basic requirements of WordPress & HTML. Being a fairly good service provider for the graphic designing requirements, it fails to become a one-stop solution for the clients for full-fledged coding and web development. Therefore, for the clients, it becomes difficult to get the UI/UX design from Design Cloud and also to get a web platform developed.
Process – Draftss vs Design Cloud
Needless to say how busy stays the schedule of the businesses and the owners. It is thus always a good idea to offer them with easy and quick on-boarding process for any service being offered to them.
The on-boarding process at draftss is quick and simple.
- Visit the website and choose a plan.
- Fill out the form for on-boarding and done!
The team gets back to you and gets you going!
The on-boarding process at Design Cloud is not as straightforward as other agencies. A client needs to connect with Design Cloud first, take the quotations of the requirements second, and then work with the designer finally.
Draftss is for all and hence it keeps its doors open for anything & everything. Draftss operates on a number of platforms and collaborates with the clients. Thus, it gives a lot pf option to clients to submit their tasks and use platforms like E-mail, Trello, Slack, WhatsApp, Telegram, and just about every other project management tool that you have been using OR the submission form by Draftss to submit the design & development tasks. This makes it very handy to use and easy to reach out to.
On the other hand, Design Cloud can collaborate with its clients via any given means of communication that is known to Joe. It can be as simple as an email or some project management tool.
To serve the best to the clients, it is important for the service provider to iterate the output to suit the best of the requirements of the client. Draftss understands it and hence allows the clients to ask for as many revisions as required. Therefore, it’s not a problem if the first output does not fit the best! The clients at Draftss always have got a second chance.
Design cloud understands the needs of the clients and Joe Krow can definitely work on the revisions.
At Draftss, clients finalize the design only when it is exactly what is needed. Therefore, until and unless it is perfect, it is not finalized. The client is also offered a number of options of format to get the designs.
Design Cloud also offers the same service. It does offer its clients to finalize the designs and download when satisfied.
Communication – Draftss vs Design Cloud
For the complete process to be efficient and effective, communication plays a critical role. It is important for the client to be highly included and empowered during the complete process of design and development to encourage participation which further decreases the chances of mistakes and errors. The design team can understand the client in a better way through a better means of communication and thus can come up with designs that are relevant and satisfactory avoiding multiple revisions.
Communication at Draftss
Draftss manages the process of communication well. Dues to the flexibility it provides to its clients to communicate over the different channels, it becomes way more approachable and handy to converse with. The process is structure and thus it is smooth, flexible, very handy, and hence very easy for the teams as well as clients to collaborate through.
With a number of different channels to communicate over like E-mails, Slack, WhatsApp, & a number of other project management tools, Draftss eases and does not confine the clients with limited options. This helps both the ends of the team as well as clients to be highly responsive, quick, & in sync with each other. This further makes the process of designing and development quick, easy, and efficient enough in making the final output a very qualitative and error free.
Communication at Design Cloud
Design Cloud takes a back seat here. It equips its clients with no dedicated platform but just any project management tool or E-mail. This makes us reach two conclusions. Whether Joe Krow is easily reachable as he is the key person and can be contacted through any means of communication. However, the absence of a dedicated project management tool can also cause chaos for both the clients as well as Joe Krow.
Turnaround Time Per Task
In the industry of graphic designing and web development, speed is an important factor to consider for the client. The faster you get the task done, the faster can you submit another one. Thus, turnaround time becomes a very important factor for the client to extract maximum value out of the subscribed package.
Turnaround at Draftss
Draftss offers its clients with a quick and smooth process of designing and development. It offers a very realistic turnaround time for the most common design & development tasks. Draftss works on illustrations, labels, stickers, logos, and many more particulars. The service provider gives its clients the information needed before even getting paid for the service. The average time taken by Draftss for each of the individual services can be seen here. Although, 2-3 business days would be enough for Draftss to work out the designs requested by the clients for most of the complex designing tasks. Smaller tasks may be delivered even earlier.
Turnaround at Design Cloud
Design Cloud has got some great skills and a good portfolio of designs. However, there is less about the speed of the design and the turnaround time. As there is only a single person working over the designs in the freelance studio, the efficiency might not be competitive enough in comparison to the agencies and teams of designers working under the big names.
Whitelabel – Draftss vs Design Cloud
The main essence of going ahead with outsourcing the tasks and opting for white labeling services is the cost effectiveness and less upfront investment. Thus, partner firms needs to make no upfront investment, needs to go through no hiring process, and requires no design team. The partner just needs to serve the clients with just a very quick & highly affordable subscription!
White Labeling Services at Draftss
Draftss is open for all. From clients to businesses looking forward to extending similar services in the market. A number of businesses in their initial phase may not possess the same standard of quality and resources. Draftss offers them its white labeling services and lets them become the partner and equips them with the Draftss team for providing the services to the partner’s clients with the mark of a partner.
It helps to avoid the resources of the firm to get diluted by spending huge on the designers who possess absolute brilliance to design and work out the tasks without compromising on the quality of services like Draftss. Thus, the team of professionals and experts at Draftss acts as an extended team for the partner and works for the partner’s clients with the same level of dedication and quality assurance. This helps the partner firm to cater to the expectations and requirements of the client with the amazing services from Draftss and thus make a name and bring goodwill for itself.
Partner needs not to worry about the heavy budgets and managerial efforts to maintain a team of designers and developers.
White Labeling Services at Design Cloud
The main advantage of going ahead with the white labeling service is to save investment. Design Cloud sadly does not have any service as of now to offer white labeling services to the clients and anyone who is looking forward to avail it. Neither does the service provider offers any affiliate marketing services.
What To Choose?
Design Cloud is definitely a provider of qualitative designs. However, the factors other than just designing, which highly impact the process of graphic designing, are not up to the mark and cannot be considered as competitive to the service providers as big as Draftss.
While Design Cloud and Draftss have been fairly competitive in their services and offerings throughout the review, it is very important to note the difference in the range of offerings. Draftss has a very big advantage of offering very affordable packages as well as the flexibility of weekly packages as well. Design cloud has nothing as such to be offered.
Draftss equips its clients with a dedicated project manager. This helps it to keep the process smooth and assist the clients at each step of the process. While on the other hand, Design Cloud does not have any provision for the clients to have a project manager who can assist them throughout the process. There’s just Joe Krow to help out each of his clients and assist them with the requirements.
Design Cloud also does not have any whitelabeling service or an affiliate marketing service to offer. Hence, for this set of reviews, Draftss has all the advantages to offer to its clients than Design Cloud can offer to its clients.
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