Author Archives: Alex Bigman

László Moholy-Nagy: Pioneer of graphic design

Between 1914, when he was drafted into the Austro-Hungarian army to fight in World War I, and his death in 1946, László Moholy-Nagy moved around a lot. Indeed, in this time he moved from Berlin, to Amsterdam, to London, to Chicago—sometimes seeking new opportunities as a designer, sometimes escaping fascism, sometimes both. Likewise, his design career never... Read More

July 21st By

Into the world of French graphic design

Ask some people, and they’ll tell you that “French” and “graphic design” are mutually exclusive terms. We knew this couldn’t be true, and in honor of Bastille Day we thought we would go ahead and prove it. Admittedly, the graphic design output from France is less than that of its German, Dutch and English-speaking neighbors. That’s partly... Read More

July 14th By

20 new design books for your summer reading list

It can be tough to get any reading done during the cooler months. Business ramps up right after the new year, flooding your inbox with projects, and around the winter holidays there is a similar rush to finish outstanding tasks and balance the books. During the summer, though, there is a pleasant lull—a perfect time... Read More

July 6th By

Portare brings 99designs into the classroom

We recently boosted moondust, an extremely talented logo designer, to the Platinum level. When we did, she informed us that her local design instructor was largely to thank, and that we could thank him right on 99designs. Edi Jakabhazi teaches design at West University of Timisoara in Romania, and also competes in 99designs contests using the handle... Read More

June 23rd By

Mastering visual hierarchy for menu design

Eleven Madison Park in New York City is a world-class restaurant in every sense of the term. They have clocked in as one of the top five in the world, in fact, and a meal here will set you back a couple hundred bucks—without wine. But let’s say you saved your pennies and managed to land a... Read More

June 16th By

The stories behind America’s national sports league logos

Imagine you designed a logo beloved by an entire country, that appeared everywhere on hats and jerseys and on television, and no one knew you had done it. Such was the fate of Jerry Dior, designer of the Major League Baseball (MLB) logo, for thirty years. Dior designed the logo in 1968 while working at the New... Read More

June 9th By

The evolution of World Expo design

This summer, a whole lot of people will descend upon Milan for the 2015 World Expo. If you have been any where near Italy this year, the news will come as no surprise: Andrea Puppa’s branding for the Expo has colored much of the peninsula in magenta, yellow and cyan. If you have not, then... Read More

April 29th By

Tripping out: The history of psychedelic design

Today, we’re taking a look back at that hazy yet brilliant period of artistic fluorescence: the later 1960s. Specifically, we wanted to explore the phenomenon of psychedelic design—a style that nowadays gets recycled often in commercial work, while its original history threatens to fade from collective memory. The history of psychedelic design is of course vast: it crossed countless borders... Read More

April 17th By

Spring cleaning: 15 logos that simplified in 2015

Just as each spring we emerge from hibernation and make an effort to tidy our winter dens, so businesses have occasion to reflect on their logos: “Can we clean up our mark a little? Are all of these colors, lines and letters really necessary, or is a streamline in order?” The first quarter of 2015 has proven... Read More

March 31st By

Smashingbug makes PowerPoint designs shine

Didem Dönmez (aka Smashingbug) caught our eye with her outstanding PowerPoint designs. Her clean style and tight branding has captured the hearts of many clients on 99designs, bringing them back again and again. Here, we chat with this Istanbul-based freelance designer (and music producer!) about her creative career so far. Name: Didem Dönmez 99designs handle: smashingbug Location: Istanbul, Turkey CONTESTS... Read More

March 18th By

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