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Team up with a Designer. There’s a cool site now for connecting programmers with designers: http://programmermeetdesigner.com/, PMD for short.

This site was created to unite programmers and designers because rarely is a person good at both programming and designing. PMD helps programmers and designers partner up to make websites and web applications that look and work great. It also lets entrepreneurs and writers find people to work with.

From what I see, PMD has is a valuable way for micro-ISVs to get the designer/SEO/looks nice stuff nearly all of us need.

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  1. I posted a listing on PMD just to try it out. I have some work that I could use a designer on.
    I have to say though, that my gut feeling is that PMD will quickly veer into RentACoder territory, with programmers and designers posting listings that ask for someone to do huge projects for $150, or that offer ridiculous “on spec” work.
    I hope to heaven that I am wrong, because if this works – and in order for it to work everyone needs to respect everyone else’s value the same way they respect their own – it could be a great, beautiful thing for everybody. But any sort of “solicit work on a web site” situation seems to run the risk of devolving into lowest common denominator projects and something-for-nothing expectations.
    I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

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