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Red Clay connects you to meaningful and productive work 

from companies of all sizes, from hardware startups to Fortune 500 brands. 

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The Process

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    Apply to Be Part of Our Community

    Joining our design community is free, and the application process is quick and easy. Submit some portfolio images and profile information, and we will decide in a few days. We pride ourselves on accepting designers from all around the world, in every discipline, and at every level of education.

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    Let the Brand Know You're Interested 

    Brands come to the platform to find designers like you, so speak up if you see something you like. Simply click "I'm In" if your skill set and schedule fits the brands criteria. They can see your portfolio and let you know if they think you're a good fit. Once you're hired, you have full access to the project.

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    Do What You Do Best

    Once a brand accepts you to work on their project, you can access every detail about what they need.  Using the tools on the platform, share early sketches, get feedback, and submit revisions. Level set on expectations from the very beginning to make sure you're all on the same page every step of the way.

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  • Deliver

    Files for Prototyping

    Once you and the brand arrive at the final design concept technical files for manufacturing a prototype will be requested.  Red Clay will transfer the buy-out fee and you'll hand over IP and usage rights.

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Additional Information


At Red Clay you are compensated for all work completed. Brands set the concept, revision and buy-out fee, taking into account their budget and the complexity of the project. Red Clay offers designers 85% of these brand payments. 

Design Projects

Hardware startups are joining the platform every day presenting you with new challenges to solve. A few of the companies include UrbnEarth, UnaliWear (check out Kanega watch on Kickstarter), Headroom and Fortune 500 Companies like Target. 


Red Clay runs on a project by project basis, and you can pop in and out whenever you need at your desk or on the go. You could do one project a month, or five a week, depending on your bandwidth and other commitments. 

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Brand Sign-up

Great to meet another visionary!

Fill out these basic account details and let's get you started on the platform.

Once you kick-off your project, you'll be introduced to our great designers and creativity can commence.

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Designer Sign-up

Thank you for your interest in joining the Red Clay Design Community.

Applying to our community is simple and only takes a few minutes.

First, give us a little information about yourself, and then share some images of your best work. We’ll take a look and get back to you soon.

We're excited to see what you can do!

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