The history of design contests

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While we thought we were pretty clever when we came up with 99designs, we were far from the first to dream up a creative contest.  Contests like ours have been around for centuries – we’re just the latest to take up the torch. Contests throughout history Whether the competition spans the globe or is limited […]

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Remembering Massimo Vignelli, modernist master

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Photo: Jason (via Flickr) How many designers can claim that their work directly affects upwards of one million people each day? Massimo Vignelli can count himself among the few: his design for the New York City subway signage has become an iconic part of the metropolis’ visual fabric, sure to live on even now that its creator […]

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16 legal logos that raise the bar

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When your client has a broad audience, it can be tempting to fall back on generic symbols that everybody recognizes. Like dental offices and real estate companies, law firms and law-related businesses tend to feature one of a few overused concepts in their logos. Just how common are gavels, scales, neoclassical columns and initials in legal […]

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6 different styles for unique packaging design

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Today, we thought we would highlight the amazing packaging design featured in Andrew Gibbs’ Box Bottle Bag: The World’s Best Package Designs from TheDieline.com – one of our favorite recent design books. Gibbs does a great job seeking out and discovering the “very best” packaging designs out there, which he categorizes as one of six style types: […]

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Process sketches of 11 famous logos

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Have you ever wondered what went into the design processes for famous logos? Many started with a rough sketch of an idea – sometimes a very rough sketch – which was gradually refined to meet the client’s needs. Every design process is different, and the great designers behind these logos each had their own strategies for […]

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H.R. Giger: Reflecting on a dark, distinctive legacy

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It is never easy to say goodbye to an artistic luminary. With H.R. Giger’s passing last week, the world lost a source of artistic inspiration as well as untold future artwork, designs and visual effects work that the prolific artist might have gone on to make. For someone who took on such a wide variety […]

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The fonts behind famous wordmark logos

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What really separates a wordmark logo from a font? Sometimes, not very much at all. You might think that über-rich companies like Facebook and Google, or high-end brands like Giorgio Armani, would invest in completely custom-made lettering for their logos. In fact, this is not always the case. Basing a wordmark on an existing font […]

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Welcome to augmented reality

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A new form of reality is taking over, merging the real and the digital worlds. “Augmented reality” refers to new technologies that supplement physical, real-world objects or environments with computer-generated sounds, videos, graphics or data. Basically, it combines “virtual reality” (which usually refers to a completely simulated environment) with what’s actually in front of you. A […]

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The best of iPad art

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Designers may shrug when they hear the term “iPad art” (or other tablet art). You make digitally-born art all the time, right? True. But iPad art typically refers more specifically to when an artist successfully engages the tradition of painting — as in, the smearing of oil-based pigment on canvas — on a tablet. And […]

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All ripped up: Punk influences on graphic design

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This article, encouraging and intellectualizing the use of punk style in graphic design, is not entirely punk. All apologies. That being said… Sometime in the 70s, the youth started getting dissatisfied. Tired of what they were being spoon-fed by a mainstream media who no longer seemed to care for them, there began a small — […]

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