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41 points by fairpx 11 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 23 comments

Your copy says:

"Instead of paying $1,800+ per project, or hiring an in-house UI designer with a $70,000+/year salary, Fairpixels Pro gives you the best of both worlds at a fraction of the cost."

At the same time, your cheapest plan is $1750/mo. I get that it's "technically" under $1800, but are you expecting startups to have multiple projects per month to make the math work?

Notice that it also says "≤ 4 Business Day Turnaround Time", so technically $1750 buys you 7.5 projects every month.

Whether they can actually deliver finished designs every 4 days is a different question.

My experience with designers is that it takes a lot of revisions to get stuff right. A single project will have dozens of emails back and forth. If a response really takes 4 working days, that doesn’t sound very useful — unless you aren’t picky and will accept whatever the designer sends you (which in my experience usually isn’t even close to the quality of the work in their portfolio)

We're averaging about 3 projects/mo per client based on the first batch of customers who've been using the service for the last 4 months or so. Having a dedicated design team (not outsourced but in house) makes it easier for the client. They know what to expect. The workflow gets improved etc. the way we can make it work is because of the subscription model. It allows us to spend less time looking for projects (time = money). And more time doing what we love (designing interfaces and brands)

I'm immediately put off by any service that uses the word unlimited in marketing material. Whether that's "unlimited" bandwidth, storage space, use of someone's time, or all you can eat hot wings.

Some criticisms: The site is a one page brochure site, it feels odd for a service of this scale. Your example images aren't clickable and there's no explanation of what I'm looking at exactly. Email sounds like a bad format for handling project management, it's difficult to follow an email chain to figure out what was agreed on etc, email is a very bad single-source-of-truth for project details.

I'm being critical because I don't think it's a bad idea, I just think the execution could do with polishing. There are companies that could perhaps benefits from this idea, but I would be put off by this page.

p.s. you're missing a favicon.

The site is bare because they've been trying to create a recurring-revenue product out of design services.

There's some history and discussions in the (many) older posts by the user[1].

(I think trying to create a repeatable model for services is great BTW -- helps support smaller lifestyle business, IMO, which we need more of.)


I guess this service somehow hopes that you can separate the interaction design from the visual design... except the interaction design is the expensive part (to the tune of a 2x more than 70k/y).

So I guess in this workflow the PM is also the interaction designer and implementation with an engineer, while you pay for these UI decorators on top.

Might work for some small website updates, but anything more substatial would probably be not worth it.

In a well-oiled world, someone subscribing to this service would use one employee full-time. $1750 doesn't pay that person's monthly salary unless you're outsourcing heavily, which is something people shopping for this service probably already know how to do. So I guess I'm confused as to how this all works, other than relying on the subscribers' downtime as profit, which sets up a really weird relationship between the business and its users.

We've been running thr service for a while now and the reality is that one designer can easily handle multiple clients. We've basically improved our internal workflow to work as effectively as possible. The more we work with a particular client, the better we get at anticipating their project types, expectations, etc.

I've seen a lot of freelance design services going this direction lately: https://designpickle.com is one example

Wow... a lot of those work samples are surprisingly unimpressive.

I would think that an agency would only feature their best designs, in which case I'd hate to see what the median looks like.

I'm seeing a bunch of white and gray screen areas without any text in them. That's either a refreshing and bold insistence on minimalism or uMatrix doing its job.

You've got a 404 on the link in the top left corner (mobile).

Is this site associated with Remy Sharp?

Also, when scanning your prices real quick on mobile I saw "$6,000/mo" and just about noped out. I understand what you're trying to do here, but maybe you need to rethink the placement of this comparison price?

For passerbys: I honestly thought my comment above would be well received but it's currently in the negative.

What about my comment could be improved here?

You could at least read the website before "noping out". It clearly says:

> Without paying $6,000/mo+ for an in-house UI designer

..with the actual price right below.

They're a contracting agency. 6000/mo isn't a huge rate to pay a single contractor, nevermind an entire agency.

We dont charge 6000/mo

Are your UIs made from scratch or you use templates?

The logo links to http://fairpixels.co/pro/index.php which gives a 404.

They have a grammatical error ("deliciously looking") in their (2) step.

Tnx for the headsup

on my work LCD monitor, it is very hard to read the site font, it is thin and blurred.

To: ftftytfty. Your comments show up as [dead]. No clue why. Maybe contact someone official. (dang?)

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