Hire a designer to create the back-end for my network site

Okay. As always, your service is great.

This is what i'm considering. I really want to get on developing content. My concept is very clear, and I can see how it can be implemented quickly with plug-ins from an adept wordpress champion.

How does one go about investigating possible designers?

I see this in two stages. One is putting together the multisite, the eCommerce, buddypress and wiki aspects of my concept.

Two, the full on visual design for my very visual, mythical, storytale universe.

It seems to me that the first part could be done by a facile wordpress person, the second requires some serious graphical skills. I'd like to interview some people and see if there's resonance.

Does that happen here in World o' Wordpress?