Author Archives: Alex Bigman

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

Design, in Holi color

The skies may still be grey in much of the world, but this Friday lots of folks will return home caked in pigment spanning the whole color spectrum, and that tells us that Spring is on the horizon. More specifically, it tells us that Holi is here—the Hindu celebration of the coming season and a festival of... Read More

March 6th By

Click-worthy landing page designs from Dmitrij

It’s safe to say that Dmitrij Rassylnov, who goes by Dmitrij on 99designs, is an authority on web design—particularly landing pages. After winning 42 contests, you earn that designation. We had the opportunity to pick his brain about the web design process, and what most web designers are doing wrong. Plus, we catch up on... Read More

March 3rd By

Oscars 2015: Our nominations for best poster design

This Sunday, tens of millions of viewers will tune in to watch the Oscars, for reasons more or less completely unknown. The award show is never very interesting, and yet … we can never look away. Now, if they introduced a movie poster design category, that might be something worth watching for. And why not? After all,... Read More

February 17th By

The crème de la crème of artisanal chocolate packaging

Up until recently, in the design world it was mostly just greeting card illustrators who had a (professional) reason to care about Valentine’s Day. Not so anymore, as one V-day staple has started coming in packages possibly even more beautiful than the magical substance they contain. No, we’re definitely not talking about Edible Arrangements here. Chocolate, specifically in bar form, is the... Read More

February 10th By

We chat with emerging interactive design wiz, MegaOptimus

After just six months of participation on 99designs, Djordje Makovic (aka MegaOptimus) has bowled us over with his aptitude for interactive designs: games, apps and other products that entail a dynamic give-and-take with the user. We spoke with him about how he transitioned from more conventional training to this exceptional skill set. Read on for our conversation. Name:... Read More

January 26th By

10 ski resorts that keep their branding cool

While we often cover design trends on a larger scale, it’s always fun to dig deeper into particular industries. In the past we’ve explored airlines and famous museums, for example. Now, in the spirit of the season – at least in the Northern Hemisphere – we’re turning a creative eye to ski resort branding. Like many services, ski resorts are 20th (or even 19th) century... Read More

January 19th By

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