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Behind 15 of food branding’s most iconic mascots

We’re constantly surrounded by advertising, in an inescapable whirl of words and colors and images. But it wasn’t always this way — there was a simpler time back in the Mad-Men era of advertising discovery and even many decades before that, when companies were on the search for something to help connect consumers to their brand. For foods, with... Read More

June 22nd By

Vote for June’s Top 9 at 99!

As summer rolls its way in, we’re here to celebrate June’s nominees for the Top 9 at 99! This month’s designs are an appealing blend of heavy illustration, tech savviness and retro flare. Who will win the crown? Well, that’s up to you. Scroll down and choose your favorite nominee. The designer with the most votes will win... Read More

June 19th By

4 eye-catching web layout trends for 2015

Every year new web design concepts emerge as some older trends recede. Over the upcoming months we’ll no doubt see a temporary increase in the popularity of video backgrounds, tiles and animated storybooks – just to name a few. Responsive web design, a trend that surfaced back in 2010, will undoubtedly remain at the core of our designs for the... Read More

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

Which celebrity business brand do you like best?

These days celebrities are more than just a pretty face – they’re also entrepreneurs. So we’re turning the spotlight away from the screen and onto four female celebs who have created some of today’s leading lifestyle brands. Each has found a way to intertwine their personal style with business. Read a little about each one... Read More

June 15th By

Cool down this summer with these sweet designs!

As the weather heats up, we want to help cool you down with a collection of designs that celebrate your favorite icy cold treats. So take a break from the beach and sit on down to check out these clever packaging and logo designs. They’re sure to put a smile on your face! PopLab Designer: – Z – Contest:... Read More

June 13th By

Celebrating the life of iconic book cover designer, Paul Bacon

Even if you’re not a bibliophile, you’re probably familiar with Paul Bacon’s work. Over the span of his prolific career, Bacon turned out more than 6,500 book covers – many of which remain iconic to this day. Take a peek in any bookstore for Catch-22, Slaughterhouse-Five or One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and you’ll see... Read More

June 12th By

10 remarkable restaurant menus for your inspiration

Although restaurant menu design may be one of the lesser talked about mediums, they’re also one of the most important. Menus address one of the basic necessities of life: food. And beyond a necessity, food is something we enjoy immensely. A well-designed menu plays up a restaurant’s ambiance, excites the diner and adds to an overall pleasurable... Read More

June 10th By