Designer profile: RotRed

Meet RotRed – a talented designer and architect who is preparing for a masters degree in Advanced Architectural Design. We are proud to have Najla a part of the 99designs community.

Designer RotRed

Najla Mansour – Syria
99designs handle: RotRed
Projects won: 60

How did you get started in design?

Designing is my life!

Ever since I was 11 years old, drawing has been my favorite hobby. I started getting into graphic design at the age of 15 and from then on decided to be a graphic designer. However… I managed to join the school of architecture to become an architect instead :)

I thought by studying architecture I would be a designer who can design everything – graphic design is in my blood and under my skin! My graphic design skills helped me graduate on the top of my class in 2009 and get a scholarship to study for my MSc in Advanced Architectural Design in the UK starting in September 2011.

Edwin Kwan Logo

How do you get your design inspiration?

It’s very difficult to determine what or who inspired you, but we are always affected and influenced by our surrounding environment. When I say environment I mean everything – the people and all the other things around you. It all affects me… sometimes negatively and sometimes positively and both are important in developing my thoughts and designs.

When I started drawing and designing I was in total control – I was the one who set the rules and conditions that dictated the direction of my work. But after I entered school I have had to give up some of that control to the clients. They are the ones judging my work – people whom I may never meet look to me to create a design that suits their needs. I do my my best to interpret what they want from their creative brief and deliver – it’s been a tremendous learning experience. I always try to learn from everything and everyone I meet and I’ll keep learning as long as I can hold my pen (and mouse ! :P )!!!!

Little Crackers Logo

What led you to start using 99designs.com?

Well I am an architect, and in my country architectural universities focus on building establishment and design more than a broader type of design. Because I had to focus so extensively on architectural design, I felt that I had lost some skills and flexibility in more general design work.

Therefore, after graduating I tried to get back and rebuild these skills. I started surfing on the Internet, which is my second favorite activity, I researched design and companies involved with design… and I found the blog about 99designs. I LOVED it! I loved everything about the group – the designs, the staff, the idea of meeting designers over all the world… but the thing I liked most is the contests.

I started participating and I actually won my 9th contest! I was so happy and decided to continue at 99designs as my extra job. After designing for a year in the 99designs community I feel like I am working for a big company. I have met so many great friends around the world who are great and excellent designers. Many of them have helped me improve my skills and the staff is pretty awesome at taking care of the community.

Three Graces Logo

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

Lots of designers keep asking me this! I want to tell everyone that I also used to ask if there was a secret to all this and… unfortunately, NO there is no secret at all! Once a good friend of mine, khingkhing – one of the best designers on 99designs, told me… Najla, Don’t stop, when it is time to start winning, you will win and then never look back! And that is exactly what happened :)

So I will tell you what I found out:

1.) Don’t enter any contest that is not your style: don’t just enter for the sake of entering – enter to win! Don’t enter a contest that will end in few hours unless you KNOW you can do much better than what’s already submitted.

2.) Build a powerful PORTFOLIO: your portfolio is so important! Always add the best of your work – only the best. When you have something like 30 of your best work in there, you will start winning. The client will see your work and give you feedback and direction about what they like and don’t like in your style.

3.) Never stop trying to win: losing and losing and losing should only make you stronger and push you to work harder! When you work harder – you will be better designer and will start winning.

4.) Read the brief, don’t beg for feedback, fight as your life depends on it!!! Don’t make bad comments on wall that will make you lose your respect :)

Delack Media Group Logo

What do you love most about being a designer?

Being a designer means two things for me, two things I love a lot…

The first is that being a designer means that I can offer something to myself, something that relieves me and helps me relax… everytime you finish a design you feel that you brought something to life, you give something a soul, something came from your mind and thoughts – this is what I call creation.

The second is that i can make people SMILE! It is a great joy to get to make people smile. As a designer you may not be able to change the world but you CAN add something to it! Something that would last – something that came from you that you give to the world and represents all.

Museum Design

Najla also wanted to share one of her architectural designs with you – the above is her graduation project.

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81 Comments

  1. Maka

    Cool Designs ! best luck to you Najla!

    Reply April 19, 2011 at 12:43 pm
    • RotRed

      thanks Maka =) very appreciated

      Reply April 19, 2011 at 12:51 pm
  2. Fisayo @ Secrets of Entrepreneurship

    Great designs Najla, I’ll love to work with you soon.

    Reply April 19, 2011 at 12:51 pm
    • RotRed

      thank you ! glad you like my work =)

      Reply April 19, 2011 at 4:11 pm
  3. Jurgen

    Hi Sweetheart Najla, as always perfect and amazing work. Don’t know something different from you. Great interview. Keep going like this and all the best

    Reply April 19, 2011 at 1:16 pm
    • RotRed

      thanks my friend !!!! you are THE AMAZING ! ^_^ really glad you like it ! i with all the best for you as well !

      Reply April 19, 2011 at 4:09 pm
  4. ulahts

    Congratulations Najla!

    Reply April 19, 2011 at 2:12 pm
    • RotRed

      thanks Ulahts =)

      Reply April 19, 2011 at 4:13 pm
  5. Shewa

    Congratulations Najla! You are amazing!

    Reply April 19, 2011 at 3:30 pm
    • RotRed

      thanks Shewa !!! YOU are the amazing !!!! ^_^

      Reply April 19, 2011 at 4:12 pm
  6. Albatroz

    Amazing designs! Very impressive! you’ll become the second Zaha Hadid ^^

    Reply April 19, 2011 at 4:05 pm
    • RotRed

      THANKS A LOT ! being the second Zaha Hadid is the most beautiful complement ! ^_^ so sweet of you to say that! really thanks !!! ^_^

      Reply April 19, 2011 at 4:15 pm
  7. suseno

    congrats Najla! you’re beautiful lol :P

    Reply April 19, 2011 at 5:23 pm
    • RotRed

      thanks suseno ^^ nice of u!

      Reply April 20, 2011 at 6:03 am
  8. jolyos mabs

    Hi RotRed,
    Mabuhay! You truly deserve to be in the Designers Profile.. especially when we battled it up on the Edwin Kwan Logo design. Such a clever Girl. Hope that i’ll be part of the next Designers Profile… Cheers to you!

    Reply April 19, 2011 at 6:50 pm
    • RotRed

      thanks a lot dear ! , i wish you all the best in the future ;)

      Reply April 20, 2011 at 6:05 am
  9. Cit

    Lol like you said once! even we are not friends! you have amazing designs! good luck in future!

    Reply April 19, 2011 at 9:09 pm
    • RotRed

      thanks Cit , it means a lot to me that you like my designs =) , you are a great designer yourself and i love your work and told you that before , i wish you all the best too =)

      Reply April 20, 2011 at 6:07 am
  10. imaloser

    the most beautiful designer i ever saw:)

    Reply April 19, 2011 at 10:07 pm
    • RotRed

      so sweet of you ^^

      Reply April 20, 2011 at 10:40 am
      • imaloser

        you deserve it:)

        Reply April 22, 2011 at 11:19 pm
  11. alive710

    congra najla your designs are awesome and creative i wish to you a gooooood luck :)

    Reply April 20, 2011 at 1:25 am
    • RotRed

      thank you my friend , you are awesome and creative too !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i wish you all the best as well !!!! ;)

      Reply April 20, 2011 at 10:41 am
  12. Safiq

    Very nice designs and inspiring too.
    Wish u all the best.

    Reply April 20, 2011 at 2:08 am
    • RotRed

      thanks , it makes me happy if people are inspired by my designs =) , wish you all the best !

      Reply April 20, 2011 at 10:43 am
  13. Sha’lan

    i just wanna say … yahoooooooooo … rotred will get what i mean

    Reply April 20, 2011 at 7:22 am
    • RotRed

      hahhahaha :D , thanks my friend !

      Reply April 20, 2011 at 10:43 am
  14. Kavita

    Amazing and inspiring designs.. and great interview.

    I wish you a good luck !

    Reply April 20, 2011 at 8:25 am
    • RotRed

      thanks a lot Kavita ! very nice of you ! wish you all the best and good luck too :)

      Reply April 20, 2011 at 10:44 am
  15. 360

    Great designer and great friend.. am sure this is just the beginning!!!

    Reply April 20, 2011 at 9:42 am
    • RotRed

      thank you ! great company and great designers ! i wish you all the best as well :)

      Reply April 20, 2011 at 10:45 am
  16. Abhijeet

    great work Najla, it shows your passion towards designing, I wish I could be like you one day……

    All the best…..

    Reply April 21, 2011 at 4:42 am
    • RotRed

      thanks =) i wish you all the best

      Reply April 29, 2011 at 12:08 pm
  17. A.G no

    brilliant,
    ideas that are very – very inspired
    hopefully you can achieve your desired
    Warm greetings to you

    Reply April 22, 2011 at 8:17 pm
    • RotRed

      thanks A.G =) , sweet of you , i wish you you all the best as well .

      Reply April 29, 2011 at 12:13 pm
  18. Andrew Defox

    Congrats Najla! Great interview! :)

    Reply April 23, 2011 at 7:21 pm
    • RotRed

      thanks Andrew ;)

      Reply April 29, 2011 at 12:10 pm
  19. Leukothea

    Hey N

    You know you’re my fav <3 Congrats for the interview and your graduation project is so amazing that words can't describe it.

    Keep it up!!

    :**

    Reply April 24, 2011 at 11:18 am
    • RotRed

      thanks Leukothea <3<3 <3 , you are one of my favorite designers as well !! i love love love your work , and really glad you liked my project ^_^ , wish you all the best as well :*

      Reply April 29, 2011 at 12:15 pm
  20. Alessandro Di Fede

    Congratulations! Your drawings are really interesting and stylish.
    Alex

    Reply April 25, 2011 at 2:41 am
  21. ADR

    i want to be like you

    Reply April 25, 2011 at 11:28 pm
  22. mama rocknroll

    najla… nice to see you to be the chosen :) CONGRATZ
    I do agree with your 4th tips : read the brief !

    keep up the good works , and we miss to see you compete again :)

    Reply April 26, 2011 at 4:56 am
    • RotRed

      <3 <3 <3 mama rocknroll <3 <3 <3 love you and your work !!!!! all the best to you dear , and hope to meet you again in some contest soon ;)

      Reply April 29, 2011 at 12:16 pm
  23. Somar

    2e shooo haaad ya najlaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!
    :D:D

    Reply April 27, 2011 at 7:52 am
    • RotRed

      somaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar my best friend , shokraaaaaaaaan , lkan lkan :P :D

      Reply April 29, 2011 at 12:18 pm
  24. sabreto0th

    Very creative work.. and you’re beautiful. all in one. :)

    Reply April 28, 2011 at 5:32 pm
    • RotRed

      lol ! :D thank you !

      Reply April 29, 2011 at 12:19 pm
  25. Data Entry India

    Wow nice design really great. I like it….!

    Reply April 29, 2011 at 5:01 am
  26. tjahyo

    good design,

    Reply April 29, 2011 at 8:23 am
  27. Terry Bogard

    Congrat and all the best!

    Reply May 1, 2011 at 11:05 am
  28. Binaryrows

    Great work!

    Love your advice to other designers!

    Thanks!!

    Reply May 11, 2011 at 2:17 pm
  29. Russel di Angel

    Awesome, you are very talented.

    Reply May 12, 2011 at 8:28 pm
  30. Grapher

    really interested on your projects!!!

    Reply May 13, 2011 at 4:53 am
  31. eXxe!

    Great designs. but i’m better than you :p…
    :) just kidding .
    You’re great des .

    Reply May 26, 2011 at 6:25 pm
  32. Mehdi

    Amazing Designs & very beautiful Mashallah :)

    Reply June 2, 2011 at 8:50 am
  33. rad

    thank you for being my inspiration…

    Reply July 6, 2011 at 2:33 am
  34. Mary Kakakios

    Hi Najla,

    Absolutely love your designs. You sound like a beautiful person too. I’m hoping you can help us out with a project we launched recently. Log for a childcare centre, Kids Cottage. Would love to here from you. We have short listed some of your designs. Hope to talk soon.

    Reply July 19, 2011 at 5:13 am
  35. Joan

    Dear Najla,

    Would like to invite you to design a logo for my new business: Ode to Joy.

    You can read the brief here:
    https://99designs.com/logo-design/contests/logo-wanted-ode-joy-87626/brief

    If you’ve got any questions, feel free to reply to this message, or just leave a comment on the contest page.

    Joanlishiwei

    Reply July 21, 2011 at 11:46 pm
  36. Andy

    Hi Najla,

    We love your esthetic, and your talents would fit our logo very well. Would you like to help us?

    Before you read the brief, please understand that they are our suggestions, and that you as a designer can follow or create your own idea. As long as it is clear, cohesive and looks like travel, then it’ll be great.

    You can find our brief here:

    https://99designs.com/logo-design/contests/tw-co-love-taiwan-travel-needs-logo-88317

    Thanks,
    Andy

    Reply July 27, 2011 at 9:47 pm
  37. Alexander

    Hi Najla. I just want to thank you. I read your story and you inspired me. I want to be an arhitect too since i was about 7. I will continue to work harder and harder.:) Also awesome designs!

    Reply September 4, 2011 at 4:17 pm
    • RotRed

      hi Alexander , i am so happy you liked my story :) , if you want to be something just go for it!!! there is a difference between graphic designer and an architect for sure , but nothing is hard to be done , and i always want to be both , and i am so happy i did that :D

      Reply October 11, 2011 at 4:57 pm
  38. vinay shanthagiri

    very nice work Najla , specially the detailing .
    have you started doing your Masters in UK?
    do you mind if i ask some questions related to the study

    Reply September 5, 2011 at 1:06 am
    • RotRed

      hi , yeah i have started my masters , you can ask me whatever you want :)

      Reply October 11, 2011 at 4:55 pm
  39. Bryan`

    wowww.. Amazing Najla..
    Can you teach me a bit about design? :)
    u get one Fans rite now.. lol :))

    Reply September 8, 2011 at 6:06 pm
  40. abeerdzn

    wonderful!!!!!Always forward.

    Regards,

    Reply September 9, 2011 at 1:03 pm
  41. bassem semaan

    great work Najla, congratulations and all the best. i’m from lebanon, i think we need brilliant ideas from our region to glow all over the planet, peace.

    Reply September 24, 2011 at 10:21 am
    • RotRed

      hi , thanks a lot :) , wish you all the same , peace

      Reply October 11, 2011 at 4:54 pm
  42. ashwani`

    nice work

    Reply October 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm
  43. Umar faruq Abdul latif

    im also an architect but not for now..im still learning…hehe.btw im from malaysia.nice to know you..

    Reply October 18, 2011 at 10:27 am
  44. shabbir ahammed

    so much atttractive and impressive designs.i am trying to practice your some words..

    Reply January 5, 2012 at 3:10 am
  45. samaa

    Cool Designs ! best luck to you Najla!

    Reply May 1, 2012 at 2:31 am
  46. zanozan

    Cool…. i like your design
    Salute…

    Reply May 27, 2012 at 11:37 am
  47. Amanda Radovanovich

    Hi Najla

    You are a fabulously talented designer and a beautiful person too. I love your style and would be so grateful if you could participate in my contest.

    http://99designs.com/logo-design/contests/logo-wanted-glam-dandy-142004

    Thanks so much!
    Amanda :)

    Reply May 28, 2012 at 2:49 am
  48. Tina

    Hi Najla,

    You have beautiful designs! I would love for you to design my company logo. Let me know if this is possible?
    Thanks!

    Reply August 16, 2012 at 8:33 am
  49. Shawn

    Hello Najla,
    You were referred to me by Sagatpam Krishna. We need a few things designed but have a Logo and Website from other member of 99 Designs that you can use for inspiration. Please provide me with an e-mail if you would like a list of our needs as well as our current artwork and designs. Thank You. If you would like to e-mail me directly feel free to do so at shawnklawson@gmail.com.

    Reply October 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm
  50. Catherine Pooler

    I am considering purchasing this design logo for my blog:
    http://99designs.com/logo-design/store/33718

    I also have another website that I would like a logo created for to coordinate with the flowers from the above logo. This would give me a coordinated, branded image.

    I would also need a few other images, such as a watermark and signature.

    Would you be able to do this and what type of costs would I be looking at for work like this?
    Other things I may need: Facebook images and youtube intro and outro slides for both sites, and a few buttons for my blog.
    If you would email me with details I would very greatly appreciate it!

    Reply October 16, 2012 at 1:03 pm
    • Allison Stuart

      Great! I’ll relay the message to RotRed. Expect an email from her shortly. Cheers!

      Reply October 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm
  51. DJALAL

    GOOD LUCK NAJLA

    Reply November 19, 2012 at 1:37 am
  52. Linc

    Hi Najla, I’d like to buy one of your logos! I sent you an email a few days ago regarding minor changes, but received no response. Please let me know if you are still designing!

    Reply December 23, 2012 at 8:25 pm
  53. Leah Smart

    I have a design contest running for a logo. I was wondering if you could design me a logo incorporating one of your beautiful trees with “family/relationship law” type decorations on the tree?

    Reply March 4, 2013 at 12:47 am
  54. perlebleu

    verry nice ,good luck najla

    Reply March 20, 2013 at 9:48 am

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