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Vote for next month’s magazine cover!

The next stage of Dynamic Business Magazine’s exciting crowdsourcing experiment is here! Now we want you, the readers, to decide what the November cover will look like.

Inspired by an interview with Mark Harbottle, Australian co-founder of design crowdsourcing website 99designs, the team decided to try out crowdsourcing for themselves, holding a contest on the site.

A $1,000 prize was put up for grabs, as well as the chance to have their design on the cover of the magazine and a profile within the issue. Designers have submitted 270 different cover designs in the past seven days.

Editor and publisher Jen Bishop and art director Chantelle Gregory picked their top three and you are now able to vote for your favourite until the end of the week (Sunday 16 October 2011).

Bishop said: “This has been a really interesting and exciting process. We received a lot of entries, many of them not up to scratch, but such is the nature of a contest where anyone can enter. It did make for an anxious few days while I questioned my decision to commit to seeing this through!

“As the week went on, designers started submitting some much better designs. We quickly learned that giving them feedback was a key part of the process and this was quite time-consuming but, overall, a good use of time. I’m really happy with the final three.”

“Crowdsourcing is definitely a topic everyone has an opinion on and I’ve had all manner of debates with people, which is great! You can read more about our 99designs crowdsourcing experience in the November issue.”

She added: “I’m really happy to now be giving our readers the opportunity to get involved with their magazine and vote for the cover they like best. I know a lot of our readers feel they have a real connection with the publication and this is a great way to increase our engagement with them.”

To vote for your favourite design, click here.

The winning design will be announced next week. Voting closes at midnight on Sunday 16 October 2011.

The October issue, featuring the cover interview with Harbottle, is on newsstands from today. Subscribe to Dynamic Business for just $2 an issue online at backend.dynamicbusiness.com/subscribe

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Lorna Brett

Lorna Brett

Lorna was Dynamic Business’ Social Web Editor in 2011/12. She’s a social media obsessed journalist, who has a passion for small business. Outside the 9 to 5, you’re likely to find her trawling the web for online bargains, perfecting her amateur photography skills or enjoying one too many cappucinos. You can follow her on <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/dynamicbusiness">Twitter @DynamicBusiness</a>

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