Surf Art: A brief history of surfing design & culture
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Surf Art: A brief history of surfing design & culture

Today there is a whole genre of surf art. It’s usually illustration-based and characterized by a mixture of psychedelic, surrealist, punk and comic book-derived influences. How did we get here? To understand the development of surf art, you need to understand the development of the surfboard—a paradigmatic design object in itself, with an amazing history in…

Dusan Klepic finds his focus with meticulously crafted logos
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Dusan Klepic finds his focus with meticulously crafted logos

After moving through the worlds of comics, video games and Nordic runes, designer Dusan Klepic arrived at a handcrafted logo style that is extremely time consuming, but which he says pays off in every possible way. We got together to chat about his creative trajectory. Name: Dusan Klepic 99designs handle: Dusan Klepic Location: Novi Sad,…

Shining the spotlight on Canadian design
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Shining the spotlight on Canadian design

In honor of Canada Day, we thought we’d take a moment to celebrate Canadian design, both historical and contemporary. We’re all familiar with the US 20th century design greats—Saul Bass, Milton Glaser, etc.—but Canadian designers from the 1950s, 60s and 70s, of equal artistic stature, remain obscure to many of us. If you want the full history…

Beer label brilliance from MANTSA®
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Beer label brilliance from MANTSA®

After trying his hand at logo design for a while, Filipino designer Kenneth Olympia (aka MANTSA®) decided that the way to get his awesome illustration skills noticed would be to design for the world’s burgeoning craft beer industry. We chatted with him about how he got his bottles in a row. Name: Kenneth Olympia99designs handle: MANTSA®Location: Philippines…

A look back at 60 years of iconic music festival posters
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A look back at 60 years of iconic music festival posters

Today, music festivals number in the thousands, taking place around the globe and embracing all kinds of popular music. Here, we’ll look back at some of the biggest music festivals, from the mid 1950s to the present, and focus on an essential part of their culture: festival posters. Indeed, from the very beginning, graphic design and (especially) festival posters have been an integral way to shape each…

Go wild for outdoorsy design
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Go wild for outdoorsy design

June 4th is National Trails Day here in the U.S.—a chance to celebrate the paths for hiking and biking that weave through the country’s great nature preserves. We thought we’d take the opportunity to zero in on the outdoorsy design work that makes these activities possible. Could hiking trails really depend all that much on graphic…

Beer label design trends taking it to the extreme
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Beer label design trends taking it to the extreme

When the weather warms up, the arctic length of the supermarket beer aisle starts to beckon. And every year, when we venture over, we are amazed by the amount of design talent on display. Moreover, it is clear that the trends in beer label design are always changing. The growth of the craft beer (a.k.a. artisanal, a.k.a.…

The design apps you need to know about
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The design apps you need to know about

The number of design apps out there is simply staggering. Think of any handy tool—calendars, sketch programs, color palette generators, font references—and you’ll find a dozen apps for it, each with slightly different functionality. What is more, almost all of them are well designed (they are made for a demanding market, after all). So how do…

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