With this post I am adding a new tag, "Cool Tools Web2". Cloud computing (where the software lives up on a server and you log in to get things done online) is spawning a zillion cool apps that do cool things simply, typically for free. Much of it is quite entrepreneurial too, since the ranks of the self-employed are swelling now like a mushroom cloud.
Over the next two weeks, I will be doing a series of posts reviewing Web2 sites I have sampled and like. A few don't seem quite ready for prime time, but are worth a look anyway since early adapters often gain an edge. But my first in line has been around awhile, and seems to be a hotbed of creativity. This one is less a tool and more a community, but it is very Web2 in offering great connections quickly.
CrowdSpring.com is a collaborative of artists and designers who compete for commissions from clients. Want a logo? Post a request, say what you will pay, and dozens of artists may sketch suggestions within a day. Pick your favorite, pay the tab, and everyone wins, including the perusing web surfer like me who just enjoys browsing some really nice graphics.