The vast majority of projects on our site solicit design for two dimensions: monitor screens, stationery, packaging labels, posters and so on. But in fact, a small sliver of the contests that we host – and a growing one, we hope – are for designs that describe three dimensions. We’re talking product design, 3D renderings, architectural mock-ups and the like. And they are pretty awesome.

To be sure, thinking in three dimensions requires a very different skill set than thinking in two. If you’ve ever felt constrained by the parameters of logo or web design, though, then one of these 3D design contests may be for you. In any case, these awesome examples are sure to inspire:

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Design of an artificial tree that uses photosynthesis to generate energy, by Lukapepe

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Design of a façade for a community complex, by Zundweebi

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3D character design for an office supplies company, by Sele

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Concept design for a frog-shaped ring, by RobS Creations

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3D prop for a web-based video game, by Arthimedes

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Mockup illustrating the look of a given pattern on a beach tent, by 152 Design

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Design of a restaurant interior, by MirkoAndricDesign

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Design of an ornamental bottle cap resembling an agave plant, by urc77

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Product design for a water desalination product, by Wikwin

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Design of a public riverside park, by klaudius

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Industrial design for the enclosure of an external hard drive, by adam|bar

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Design of a zombie werewolf video game character, by dosie

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Interior design for a BBQ chain restaurant, by MirkoAndricDesign

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Design for an electronic “kiss transferral device,” by Valte_47

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Product concept for a wearable computer, by D6672

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Rendering of a university building, by Savour

Have any awesome 3D work yourself? Share it in the comments!