Designer profile: ludibes™

branko

Branko Loncar – Novi Sad, Serbia
99designs handle: ludibes™
Projects won: 79

What is your background in design? How did you first get started?

For me, it all started as a hobby. Drawing isn’t on my list of talents… I’m more of a “technical” person and even in school I had higher grades for Technical Drawing than for Art Classes. But I still had eagle-eyes for details and fine art ;)

At some point, for pure fun, I started playing with Photoshop and was amazed with the endless possibilities. Even though I was completely unschooled in this field, it drew my attention and I started teaching myself with online tutorials.

Soon, I was hired and working for a large local publishing house, mostly on book cover designs.

Hobby became job, job became passion…

phandroid

 

Describe your design style. 

My designs are modern, edgy and mostly abstract but suitable for its intended use. I’m a big fan of 3D designs but I’m trying to be versatile so I often enter contests for classic and even girly designs ;)

Combining different styles keeps my mind fresh and inspiration flowing.

 

arcon

 

What led you to start using 99designs? Can you describe your experiences with us?

I was introduced to 99designs by a friend who was already a noticeable member of the community. At first sight, financial opportunity was really encouraging but I wasn’t familiar with vector designs. I was stunned by the quality of work submitted and my hunger for knowledge was unleashed.
When I won first contest, I was hooked ;)
I’ve learned a lot since that first win, thanks to 99designs and its community members. I’ve made some good friends and with their guidance, I’ve built my own style. After one year, I had a pretty big base of clients and started to get more business offers outside of 99designs. The bar was raised, I had to quit my regular job and start with full-time freelancing.
Now, I work for two design agencies and I’m planning my own in the near future. Still, whenever I can, I like to join contests and compete with fellows.
Somehow 99designs always pushes my boundaries and makes me test my skills over and over again :) There are some great designers on this site and their work is not just impressive and inspiring, but are also dictating the direction of future design. That’s why I’ll never quit 99 ;)
What can 99designs do to help you have a better experience? 
  1. Last forever
  2. Never break first rule

oase

 

What do you think is the most important part of the design process? What is your favorite part of the  process?

Most important part of the design process is “initial spark.” The feeling you get when you see a company name and after reading the first two lines of their brief, you have great ideas that could win the contest.
If there is no spark, solutions are possible but it requires much more time and thinking. The toughest part is evolving your idea — implementing the requirements and maintaining the overall desired look.
Presentation of your work is very important and lately, I’ve been experimenting with it. Your presentation has an impact on the clients first impression, and is a great factor in winning their contest, but it’s crucial to develop your design skills first. No use in providing a good presentation for lousy work ;)
And finally, what’s better than the prize and money is the feeling you get when your logo is displayed and representing the client.

gecko

How do you take in feedback from the CH’s on your designs? We understand that feedback can sometimes  be negative. Do you have any words of encouragement for new designers who may receive negative  feedback?

After 800 contests, I have learned to deal with both, positive and negative feedback. Its a tricky part of our job because we all need feedback but it can make us feel pettish about our work.
There are  times contests take a direction that is far from your initial idea where, even if I win, I’m not pleased with the results. But, I welcome negative feedback. It can save you plenty of time from developing concepts for someone who clearly doesn’t like your style.

ehot

What do you love about being a designer?

The feeling you get when something you’ve created draws a proud smile on your face. And an even better feeling when you receive positive comments and the client is satisfied.

Also, the fact that I have a decent life thanks to designing. :)

What is a hobby that you enjoy doing outside of graphic design?

There is not much time left outside of designing, freelancing and raising children.

Music is irreplaceable because it plays even when I’m sleeping. When I have free time, I like to play djembe or listen to African roots music, as well as modern psychedelic trance and ritual beats. I was once a party person, but now I satisfy my party needs each year at a festival.

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Based in San Francisco, Allison (Alli) Stuart works as Community Manager at 99designs. When she's not writing blogs and communicating with designers, she is working on her Children's Book. She also enjoys extreme sports, like sky diving and traveling to new places. Alli has a Fine Arts Degree with a concentration in Graphic Design from Louisiana State University, her home. Geaux Tigers!
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112 Comments

  1. JoxnieD

    Svaka cast goashu :))

    Reply March 12, 2012 at 10:47 am
    • ludibes

      fala ;)

      Reply March 12, 2012 at 11:05 am
  2. Mark Spunky

    One of my favorite logo designer. Keep up the good work and keep inspiring us Branko! :)

    Reply March 12, 2012 at 10:52 am
    • ludibes

      thanx Mark, I’ll do my best ;)

      Reply March 12, 2012 at 11:06 am
  3. d-zie

    Great design Branko !!
    Very Inspiring :D

    Dessy

    Reply March 12, 2012 at 10:55 am
  4. Kaplar

    svaka cast! Dugo sam prizeljkivao ovaj intervju :)

    Reply March 12, 2012 at 11:05 am
    • ludibes

      hvala zemljak!

      Reply March 12, 2012 at 11:08 am
  5. ludibes

    thank you Dessy, love your work as well :)

    Reply March 12, 2012 at 11:08 am
  6. Invictus

    Imenjače, SVAKA ČAST! :)

    Reply March 12, 2012 at 11:14 am
    • ludibes

      hvala ime ;)

      Reply March 21, 2012 at 12:25 am
  7. adisign09

    love it!!!

    Reply March 12, 2012 at 11:15 am
    • ludibes

      spread the love :)

      Reply March 21, 2012 at 12:26 am
  8. Ditty

    wonderful designer! Very inspiring.

    Reply March 12, 2012 at 11:24 am
    • ludibes

      well, to be an inspiration is ultimate goal ;) thank you!

      Reply March 21, 2012 at 12:27 am
  9. Gila aka Cross the Lime

    Congrats, Branko! :)

    Reply March 12, 2012 at 11:27 am
    • ludibes

      thanx Gila! no need to say I’m a big fan of your amazingly cute designs, cheers!

      Reply March 21, 2012 at 12:28 am
  10. bodong

    great guy, great designer!

    Reply March 12, 2012 at 11:47 am
    • ludibes

      great thanx!

      Reply March 21, 2012 at 12:29 am
  11. fogaas

    congratz mate, great designs!!

    Reply March 12, 2012 at 11:51 am
    • ludibes

      hvala Attila!

      Reply March 21, 2012 at 12:35 am
  12. liftboy

    Živa istina:
    “Most important part of the design process is “initial spark.” The feeling you get when you see a company name and after reading the first two lines of their brief, you have great ideas that could win the contest.”

    Isto kao i kod mene! Čestitam!

    Reply March 12, 2012 at 12:12 pm
    • ludibes

      let the “spark” be with you!

      Reply March 21, 2012 at 12:37 am
  13. Peper Pascual

    One of the proud logo designer of 99d. Intelligent. Humble and Handsome. His style is really one of those styles I want to achieve. This guy helped me out on how to give a confident and fair price on follow up jobs from these foreign clients and taught me how to value my labor and creativity. More power to you Branko!

    Reply March 12, 2012 at 12:30 pm
    • Allison Stuart

      That is awesome to hear Peper! I’m sure you’re sharing your knowledge. ;)

      Reply March 12, 2012 at 8:36 pm
      • Peper Pascual

        Of course Ms. ALLISON, and that’s how nice it is to be on Branko’s friend’s list!

        Reply March 13, 2012 at 11:59 am
        • ludibes

          the pleasure is mine ;)

          Reply March 14, 2012 at 9:21 am
  14. Pixelboom

    Congrats! Bro.. You’ve been always an inspiration for me ..i’ve been watching you for long :)

    Reply March 12, 2012 at 12:34 pm
    • ludibes

      thnx bro! there will be many more so keep an eye on it ;)

      Reply March 21, 2012 at 12:39 am
  15. Ruud10

    Congrats Ludibes.
    I like your style.
    Been one of my fav designers since I joined 99designs.

    Reply March 12, 2012 at 12:41 pm
    • ludibes

      thank you!

      Reply March 21, 2012 at 12:40 am
  16. Harisman

    Svaka cast!Cestitke!! :)

    Reply March 12, 2012 at 12:46 pm
    • ludibes

      fala care!

      Reply March 21, 2012 at 12:41 am
  17. DeeDzgn

    One of my fav designer on 99d.Good persons with great creativity. nice to see this interview. Like he always say : “PREPARE TO BE AMAZED”
    you are amazing designer branko.be rock!

    Reply March 12, 2012 at 1:20 pm
    • ludibes

      thank you dear Dee! I expect much from you too :)

      Reply March 21, 2012 at 12:42 am
  18. Chip Chase

    Congrats Branko! A classy designer with big time skills… good to know you mate;)

    Reply March 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm
    • ludibes

      I’m honored I can call you my friend!

      Reply March 21, 2012 at 12:44 am
  19. PavkeNS

    Svaka cast matori. Napokon su te se setili! :)))) Samo napred…zasluzio si! :)

    Reply March 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm
    • ludibes

      xexexe, hvala Borko, jes bio red stvarno… :D

      Reply March 21, 2012 at 12:52 am
  20. heavyfolder

    Congrats Ludibes.
    I like your style.

    Reply March 12, 2012 at 3:28 pm
    • ludibes

      thanx, I like it too xD

      Reply March 21, 2012 at 1:13 am
  21. SBJEWEL

    Wow… @ludibes You are one great designer… :) Congrats… :)

    Reply March 12, 2012 at 4:48 pm
    • ludibes

      I’m honored!

      Reply March 21, 2012 at 1:17 am
  22. flatsigns™

    Very professional!

    Reply March 12, 2012 at 5:06 pm
    • ludibes

      thanx, your work is noticed too ;)

      Reply March 21, 2012 at 1:18 am
  23. Alex

    Yeeeeeey, finally! :) One of my favorites as well. Great thoughts in the interview – and needless to say, great works as well. Congrats

    Reply March 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm
    • ludibes

      hvala Alex, necu zaboraviti tvoju pomoc kad sam pocinjao ;)

      Reply March 21, 2012 at 1:33 am
  24. cici0

    Njbolji :) !!!

    Reply March 12, 2012 at 6:05 pm
    • ludibes

      hvala Svetlana! ali daleko sam jos od najboljih, nadam se da sam na dobrom putu ;) svaka cast za tvoje radove btw.

      Reply March 22, 2012 at 12:04 am
  25. erick ochoa

    very talented designer….

    Reply March 12, 2012 at 7:13 pm
    • ludibes

      thanx erick!

      Reply March 22, 2012 at 12:05 am
  26. mon573

    Congrats Ludibes !! your designs and your words shows what a great talent you have and what a great designer you are :)

    Reply March 13, 2012 at 1:16 am
    • ludibes

      thank you on kind words :)

      Reply March 22, 2012 at 12:09 am
  27. ludibes

    wow, I’m stunned by all the praise :D

    and honored as well, no words can describe my gratitude to all of you! you rock!

    Reply March 13, 2012 at 2:54 am
  28. HePiMeN

    Svaka čast!

    Reply March 13, 2012 at 3:22 am
    • ludibes

      hepi :D

      Reply March 22, 2012 at 12:10 am
  29. Devet1

    Sve cestitke kolega

    Reply March 13, 2012 at 3:28 am
    • ludibes

      hvala kolega!

      Reply March 22, 2012 at 12:10 am
  30. fatboyjim

    congrats, great work as always.

    Reply March 13, 2012 at 4:26 am
    • ludibes

      thanx fatboyjim! like your work too ;)

      Reply March 22, 2012 at 12:15 am
  31. Jason Aiken

    Awesome work Branko!

    You are a true role model in this community.

    Cheers,
    Jason

    Reply March 13, 2012 at 7:13 am
    • ludibes

      My time is jet to come ;) and i’ll give my best to justify this honours.

      Thank you Jason on all support, help, belive and friendship.

      Reply March 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm
  32. Ralph (NewestPixels)

    Congrats My fellow Idol^_^. Keep it up.

    Reply March 13, 2012 at 7:24 am
    • ludibes

      I will, thank you! wish you the same :)

      Reply March 22, 2012 at 12:17 am
  33. Ledevil

    Congrats mate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Reply March 13, 2012 at 10:40 am
    • ludibes

      thanx buddy!

      Reply March 22, 2012 at 12:18 am
  34. xygo_bg

    Congrats Branko!
    Svaka čast, sjajni radovi…
    Samo napred!

    Reply March 13, 2012 at 11:07 am
    • ludibes

      hvala zemo!

      Reply March 22, 2012 at 12:19 am
  35. Terry Bogard

    svaka cast<—- No idea what that means ;)

    CONGRATS Buddy! And all the best.

    Reply March 13, 2012 at 12:41 pm
    • ludibes

      it means something like “well done” :D

      thanx you buddy on your role in my jurney on this site ;)

      Reply March 13, 2012 at 3:25 pm
  36. scribe

    Branko, you are a true gentleman. Well done my friend! And even though your work is already fantastic, I’m sure we haven’t seen the best of you yet … shoot for the stars dude!!

    Reply March 13, 2012 at 2:21 pm
    • ludibes

      thanx Dean! looks like stars are closer with logo you designed ;)

      Reply March 13, 2012 at 3:28 pm
  37. Stevan

    Svaka cast Branko ChoVeChe ;) Congrats!

    Reply March 13, 2012 at 4:17 pm
    • ludibes

      hvala SteVaNe!

      Reply March 14, 2012 at 9:21 am
  38. Stephen McCormack

    Congratulations Ludibes – your designs always have strong branding, expert artwork and perfect synergy. Awesome continued excellence!

    Reply March 13, 2012 at 6:11 pm
    • ludibes

      thanx Steve! when heard from professional like yourself it realy means a lot ;)

      Reply March 14, 2012 at 9:24 am
  39. jumba

    Congrats kolega, samo napred!!! … :)

    Reply March 14, 2012 at 2:52 am
    • ludibes

      hvala kolez, ne znam za rikverc ;)

      Reply March 28, 2012 at 12:17 am
  40. Miloš

    Branko,

    I think I know You but from a diferent field of art :) I am not wrong, You are in music too ? :)
    Waves from south Serbia, Nis. I hope I can learn those skills, You are officialy bookmarked at my browser ! :D

    Regards,

    Miloš

    Reply March 14, 2012 at 5:04 am
  41. Miloš

    p.s. I have missed the last line :) Now I am sure that I know You from that another kind of art ;) Because I was in it too, so the name was well known to me.

    From Your presentation here, I can take some advices read bettwen the lines :)

    Thank You !

    Reply March 14, 2012 at 6:05 am
    • ludibes

      I was, but just for short and for pure fun ;) Thank you, but you are to kind, cheers!

      Reply March 14, 2012 at 9:27 am
      • Miloš

        Keep going, wish You luck in further work ! Going to mail You and steal some tricks soon. (Kidding ofc :))

        Reply March 15, 2012 at 12:34 pm
  42. Igor88

    Nemam riječi stvarno si odličan!
    Pozdrav iz Rijeke

    Reply March 14, 2012 at 6:48 am
    • ludibes

      hvala Igore! pozdrav tebi iz Novog Sada!

      Reply March 28, 2012 at 12:19 am
  43. djikalanga

    Svaka cast, druze! Zaista inspirativno, nadam se slicnom razvoju :) Beskraj ideja i svako dobro ;)

    Reply March 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm
    • ludibes

      hvala, svako dobro i tebi!

      Reply March 28, 2012 at 12:24 am
  44. gerilya

    great designer! congrats Ludibes!

    Reply March 15, 2012 at 6:23 am
    • ludibes

      thanx!

      Reply March 28, 2012 at 12:25 am
  45. Heera Joseph

    Congrats Ludibes.
    Excellent works………
    you are grate designer..

    Reply March 15, 2012 at 5:58 pm
    • ludibes

      thanx a lot!

      Reply April 14, 2012 at 2:16 am
  46. lunatico

    Cestitke!

    Reply March 16, 2012 at 3:35 am
    • ludibes

      hvala ;)

      Reply April 14, 2012 at 2:21 am
  47. jarriola

    The Arcon Logo..just wow!! very nice!

    Reply March 18, 2012 at 1:01 am
    • ludibes

      yep, that was nice but didnt won :)

      Reply April 14, 2012 at 2:23 am
  48. GoranM

    Cestitke na promociji zemljak, samo nastavi!

    Reply March 18, 2012 at 3:24 am
    • ludibes

      hvala tebi zemljak!

      Reply April 14, 2012 at 2:24 am
  49. Sharer

    Caesar!

    Reply March 23, 2012 at 8:24 am
    • ludibes

      veni vidi vici :)

      Reply April 14, 2012 at 2:26 am
  50. Mugen

    80/877 contests?

    I just noticed that a lot of 99designs contests are getting abandoned, or has “Caution,” “Unhealthy,” “Locked,” no feedback at all while CH gives rating on designs.

    What’s the purpose of “CH extension options” offered by 99designs when CH’s will just abandon, refund or lock their contest, or do some disrespectful actions? It would be nice if there is a “NO-REFUND” policy since CH’s has the ability to extend submissions. This way, contests are much more secured and guarantees that a creative gets chosen to win and also gurantees CH’s get’s quality output.

    Also why not impose a “Blind” for all contest. Creatives here are starting to copy or redesign other creatives outputs. Again, what’s the use of the Brief section especially for logo contests?

    I’m starting to feel that people behind 99designs only value getting cash on their pockets. They don’t value designers anymore. This community is starting to degrade totally, respect is starting to fade.

    CH’s with abandoned, or has numbers of unsuccessful contest should be warned or not accepted at all if things like this happen, which does most of the time. This only shows the greediness of this people.

    99Designs, this community is getting abused, please, do something before more designers opt out.

    *** Mugen Signing Out |

    *** Something that’s actually happening on creatives in this kind of community – http://theoatmeal.com/comics/design_hell

    Reply March 24, 2012 at 10:43 pm
  51. jigs

    Too good work with very attractive presentations branko..!

    like your style…

    and thanks for inspiring me.. :-)

    Reply March 26, 2012 at 5:51 am
    • ludibes

      thanx Jigs, I’ll try to continue in same manner :)

      Reply April 14, 2012 at 2:27 am
  52. Mr. John

    Great designs of you.. Keep it up. ;-)

    Reply April 11, 2012 at 10:22 am
    • ludibes

      will do!

      Reply April 14, 2012 at 2:28 am
  53. XLonche

    Super e se … savrsenstvo bez mane :P

    Reply April 11, 2012 at 12:37 pm
    • ludibes

      daleko je od toga, al’ valjda ka tome tezimo ;)

      Reply April 14, 2012 at 2:29 am
  54. Benchmark

    Im amazed with your work ludibes, your an inspiration, very professional.. love ur work.. im just new here, i need to work hard.. Thank you Ludibes. I want your skills and ur passion :) heheh.. great work man.

    Reply April 18, 2012 at 10:48 pm
  55. Irma

    I’m so impressed, so sophisticated. Love it

    Reply May 20, 2012 at 4:48 am
  56. amirtayuda

    woaa….so wonderful desings, amazing ideas.

    Reply June 26, 2012 at 5:19 am
  57. Sam

    sweet!!! っ ̄³ ̄)っ

    Reply September 12, 2012 at 2:57 am
  58. NeroYin

    Svaka cast matori,verujem da su preko tebe mnogi naucili da nas ima na karti,samo napred :D

    Reply November 16, 2012 at 1:27 pm
  59. rR

    svaka čast! :)

    Reply December 26, 2012 at 2:30 pm
  60. Shturm

    rokaj snimaj ! :)

    Reply January 11, 2013 at 2:42 am
  61. Jan Po

    Cestitke Branko za tvoje radove i interviju koji si dao ja sam nov u ovome i iznenadjen sam koliko nasih ima ovde. Ti si nam svetao primer :)

    Reply April 10, 2013 at 12:45 pm

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