Designer profile: :: scott ::

Meet :: scott :: – a designer who loves building brands. He is an active member of design community at 99designs, winning 48 contests in his first 7 months.

Designer Scott Gladd

Scott Gladd – USA
99designs handle: :: scott ::
Projects won: 178

How did you get started in design?

I always knew I was going to go to a University and major in some form of art. I actually started out as an Animation Major, and quite honestly had no idea what graphic design was.

I quickly realized that I was not patient enough for animation, and after only one class, began to gravitate towards the order and structure of graphic design. When it came to the problem solving aspect, I relished any challenged. I loved how I was designing something that had an immediate impact on the viewer.

It didn’t take long for me to realize that if you are going above and beyond what is expected purely for the fun of it, then you’ve found your calling.

Logo Design Redbolt

How do you get your design inspiration?

I pull inspiration from everything and anything that is designed well. There is something to be said for a well-designed house or a vintage sign from the ‘50s. I am kind of in love with anything mid-century. That era had some of the cleanest lines and type we have ever seen.

Design blogs and designer portfolios also inspire me. There are a lot of great designers out there, and I admire their work ethic and process.

My style is gravitating towards a more hand-drawn feel lately. There is something rewarding about seeing a design take shape from a rough sketch in a notebook. It’s a uniqueness that you can’t find anywhere else.

Logo Design Stout

What led you to start using

I started using 99designs as sort of an experiment to stoke my competitive fires. As I’m sure many of the designers on here can attest, it quickly became a bit of an obsession.

Anyone who is in freelance design knows that it is very hard to build a client base and 99designs helps bridge that gap. I’ve gained numerous great working relationships that to this day still remain in good standing.

99designs helps you solve problems on very minimal feedback and info up front. Discussing design concepts sharpens your communication skills as well as your power of persuasion, which helps you work more efficiently and expeditiously.

Logo Design Dartmouth

What are three things designers can do to have success at 99designs?

I’ve gotten a few emails, skype calls and chat questions from people asking me this very same question…
What can we do to win. Is there a secret… if so tell me. Ok here is what I think about this:

1.) Don’t be a jerk- Learn to take criticism on the chin and turn the other check. If it doesn’t seem to be working, walk away politely and cut your losses.

2.) Design a brand rather than a logo- How can this work in other areas of the business? What can I do to create tangents off of this logo and keep things cohesive? A great logo does this; a bad one is stagnant.

3.) Build a rapport early- We, as designers, know you only get one chance to make a first impression (yes, I know that phrase is cliché). You need to wow them immediately to keep them coming back for more and then they will compare everything else back to your original work.

Logo Design 41olive

What do you love most about being a designer?

Problem solving and creating something exciting and timeless from scratch. I love that a great font can do amazing things. I love that in this industry, if you work hard and produce beautiful work, it can snowball into great things. I get to create an identity for someone who is trying to start a business; it’s a good feeling that you played a big part in the success of that individual.

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  1. Jason Aiken

    Holy Cow – he’s won another one. Make that 49 contests in his first 7 months ;)

    Reply April 5, 2011 at 3:04 pm
  2. James Richardson

    Red bolt logo is awesome.

    Reply April 5, 2011 at 3:07 pm
  3. superDUPERJAMES

    7 months of unstoppable work congrats : :: scott ::

    Reply April 5, 2011 at 8:17 am
  4. Jurgen

    Hey congratz mate, amazing logo, great style, keep the logos rolling ;-) Looking forward to see your 100th win.
    All the best

    Reply April 5, 2011 at 8:21 am
  5. dImenSIOnfIfTH

    Very nice stuff !

    Reply April 5, 2011 at 8:32 am
  6. RotRed

    wow , great style i agree !!! love the Red Bolt , very creative !! keep up your amazing work!!!! all the best :)

    Reply April 5, 2011 at 8:33 am
  7. Guy Cook

    Keep up the good work Scott.

    Reply April 5, 2011 at 8:45 am
  8. 96works

    Good jobs! Keep on coming!

    Reply April 5, 2011 at 9:24 am
  9. maruf

    hi… SCOTT…congrates… are you doing this as a full time job…just curious…awesome logos.. :)

    Reply April 5, 2011 at 11:44 am
  10. John Amio

    Amazing work, mate. You serve as an inspiration to us all. :)

    Reply April 5, 2011 at 12:03 pm
  11. :: scott ::

    Thanks everyone! I really appreciate the kind words. Being a graphic designer is never a destination, always a learning experience. Good luck to all! :)

    Reply April 5, 2011 at 12:48 pm
  12. athenabelle

    hi scott, you are very talented, i remember not to long ago ‘caleigh&mongiello’
    first one to post, bang! nailed it!
    ‘fresco’ was a hard one also, i was hoping for you, oh well… :)
    continue your nice work, and see you around :)

    Reply April 5, 2011 at 1:43 pm
  13. mcollom

    Nice job Scott! I am always impressed with your work and look forward to our next contest together…hopefully one day I can beat you ;). Congratulations!

    Reply April 5, 2011 at 3:24 pm
  14. ulahts

    Welcome aboard Scott!!! :)

    Reply April 5, 2011 at 3:36 pm
  15. Helen

    I have launched a logo contest. i saw your profile but not a logo, unless I missed something. I’m not very computer savvy but I did like your stuff and would like it if you put in a submission. Thanks, logo contest is bronze and is under my name / brand Helen Victoria. By the way I do want to do a website in the future.

    Reply April 5, 2011 at 10:43 pm
    • Ananya Roy

      Hi Helen…I will love to get an invitation from you regarding your website design project in future.

      Reply April 13, 2011 at 9:29 pm
  16. Peper Pascual

    49 over 409 participation? That’s really a big WOW!. More power!!!

    Reply April 6, 2011 at 9:24 am
  17. Jacob Parr

    Great Job Scott! I’m so happy to see this blog post. Congratulations!

    Reply April 6, 2011 at 1:26 pm
  18. :: scott ::

    Big thanks to everyone again for all the kind words. Look forward to seeing all your work in future contests. Good luck!

    Reply April 6, 2011 at 1:41 pm
  19. elinwel

    When i can win a contest? in 99designs.

    Reply April 7, 2011 at 11:19 am
  20. brian

    totally awesome,.. nice work, keep goin’ bud..

    I challenge my self..

    Reply April 10, 2011 at 5:10 am
  21. Michel Guerrero

    Hi Scott. congratulations!

    Reply April 13, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Congrats Scott…keep it up friend :)

    Reply April 13, 2011 at 9:30 pm
  23. secondluck

    Congrats Scott………………:)

    Reply April 14, 2011 at 7:04 am
  24. jovica4

    If you will participate in some contest I will not. Regards!!!

    Reply April 14, 2011 at 2:32 pm
  25. VirtuosOnline

    Keep it up Scott!

    Reply April 17, 2011 at 7:13 am
  26. Mona


    Wow what fantastic work. Could you kindly look at my brief:) Happy to guarantee prize:)
    Its logo design (bronze) under Mybottomline


    Reply May 11, 2011 at 5:54 pm
  27. Sharon

    Scott is a visionary! For anyone looking to develop a brand, not just a logo, but also a strategy and true identity – Scott is your guy. Reliable, trustworthy, communicative, always delivers. I had a FANTASTIC experience with Scott and have deemed him the official designer for my company. I can’t wait to start the next phase. Thank you Scott.

    Reply May 22, 2012 at 12:16 pm
    • Nick

      Hi Sharon, would you be able to forward me Scott’s contact info? I would like to get in touch with him for some design work for my company. Thank you.

      Reply August 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm
  28. Another Man

    Red Bold like a game logo :)
    So simple and looks good man :)

    Reply July 30, 2012 at 3:54 am
  29. Brett

    We saw his designs and are loving his work.

    Reply August 19, 2012 at 3:28 pm
  30. Rodrigo Pla

    Awesome and inspiring story! Gives me thrive to keep on! I joined 99designs recently and already won a couple of contests :D.. It feels amazing when you get that congratulations email. Your work is awesome! keep it up mate!

    Reply October 29, 2012 at 5:04 pm
  31. At

    Great work Scott…

    Do you have some contact email or skype to be reached?


    Reply November 2, 2012 at 12:44 am

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