Iceland takes contemporary cues from its handicraft history

Steeped in a long and quiet artistic history, Iceland is relatively new to the graphic design scene. But with the country’s recent influx in interest and talent, the burgeoning industry is showing great promise. Similar in technique to their Scandinavian contemporaries, Icelandic design emphasizes simplicity and functionality. Utilizing traditional methods and materials, new artisans are... Read More

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12 brilliant bicycle-themed designs from our community

We recently wrote a post on Copenhagen, bicycles and design and couldn’t get bikes out of our (collective) mind! In the spirit of all things bike-related, we’ve compiled some of the best bicycle-themed designs from our 99designs community. Scroll down for inspiring logos, t-shirts, websites and more – all themed after our favorite two-wheel mode of transportation!  Bamboo... Read More

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14 famous graphic design companies from around the globe

In the competitive industry of graphic design, it can be difficult to establish a name brand. Nonetheless, there are a handful of design firms around the world that have managed to cut through the clutter and gain international prestige. Their roster of clients, impressive portfolio of work, prominence in local markets and international reach have made... Read More

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Innovative bicycle design thrives in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is right now recognized as the best biking city in the world. Not surprising for a place that invented their own kind of bike — the Christiania bike, which apparently is the hot thing to use in Europe. And pretty adorable when filled with tiny Scandinavian children being biked around by their really really... Read More

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Elevating wordmarks with the power of a custom font

It’s the perennial question for logo designers tasked with creating a wordmark: to create the type from scratch, or to simply modify an existing typeface? As we previously discussed, there is no shame in sprucing up an existing typeface – indeed, some of the world’s most famous companies have done it! At the same time,... Read More

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What the new Airbnb logo means for designers

Airbnb, an online marketplace for short-term housing rentals, unveiled a new branding scheme yesterday that centers on a bold new logo and extends across the company’s website, mobile apps and beyond. They’re pretty proud of it, and for good reason: this is one of the most dramatic and confident rebrands the tech industry has recently... Read More

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Contemporary design on the rise in Beijing

When it comes to talking about contemporary design, China is probably not the first country that comes to mind. It’s often a place that reminds us of the past — ancient architecture, paintings, pottery, poetry. But China has a very complicated relationship with time, balancing between the new and the old, which makes it a fascinating... Read More

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Poster Biennalle, Hunger Games & more June design news

June. It’s the middle of the year; the official start of summer. It’s a time for festivals, relaxation and increased creativity. It’s the perfect time to catch up on world news… world design news, that is! Poster Biennale By Lukasz Kowalski (left) and Wieslaw Rosocha (right) via Poster Page Since 1966 the world’s largest poster museum in... Read More

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9 emoji designs that are totally text-worthy

On June 16th, The Unicode Consortium, (a non-profit organization that sets the standards for the representation of text in all software) released 250 new emoji as part of the updated Unicode Standard 7.0. These new emoji won’t be appearing on your smartphone just yet. We’ll have to wait to find out which ones will be adopted... Read More

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